aql has launched its new wavelength service between Leeds and Manchester. The new service, which will further strengthen the Northern Powerhouse’s super connectivity and global competitiveness, makes use of Network Rail’s high-capacity trackside fibre, offering organisations unconstrained bandwidth for maximum speed and reduced traffic congestion, with the capacity to deliver against growing data demands.

The managed wave service offers a 24/7 first line network operations centre (NOC) to monitor network performance, rectify equipment faults and troubleshoot potential issues. It delivers unconstrained bandwidth with output speeds of 1, 10, 40, 100 Gb/s or faster.

“Working collaboratively with Network Rail means we can further grow our portfolio to offer a fully managed service that will provide faster direct fibre routes that cut through cities and geographies. This huge capacity between Leeds and Manchester can only serve to bring the two cities closer together collaboratively. We’re already seeing a lot of interest from the vibrant media industries within the two cities,” comments Professor Adam Beaumont, Founder and Chairman of aql.

“This new managed service will also support the wholesale ISP (internet service provider) industry, providing a new route option for the operators, driving further resilience between the cities. We look forward to plugging in other cities in the future,” continues Professor Beaumont.

Richard Francis, senior account manager, Network Rail said: “With businesses more dependent on super-fast connectivity than ever before, it is important to provide full fibre connectivity in areas along the Trans Pennine route. Our trackside fibre is the most direct and protected fibre route across the region, and the managed service offering is well placed to enable better social and economic outcomes for the business communities along the Leeds to Manchester route.”

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