The aql story
aql acquires South Point site for data centre
aql buys a 57,000 sq ft former council building located at South Point, Leeds with plans to convert the site into another data centre.
aql goes big in education
By 2012, aql has become the main regional hub for many of the large national fibre networks and is the main northern gateway for the UK academic network, known as “Janet”.
By 2009, he’d built aql’s first datacentre within this building and co-founded IXLeeds, the UK’s first mutual, not-for-profit internet exchange outside London.
Discovery of Salem Chapel
In 2008, driven by the need to increase the resilience of aql’s services, he looked to establish a physical site to allow aql’s services to become independent of the datacentres in London. At that time, all networks interconnected in the capital and to the two UK internet exchanges based there. Adam identified a building in the correct location in Leeds – an old chapel sat at the convergence of the many UK fibre networks.
Landline messaging hub
Adam sets up the UK’s main landline messaging hub.
Mobile business WiFi voice service launches
Adam combines his experience in messaging and telephony to create the first business mobile WiFi voice service.
aql gets into telecoms
Adam expands further into telecommunications in 2003, transforming aql into a full network operator, capable of supplying UK telephone numbering to the broadband industry to fulfil the growing demand for broadband voice services (VoIP). aql would add more than 40 million telephone numbers over the next decade – making it one of the largest wholesale numbering operators in the UK – and provide services via open standards and protocols to the UK internet service providers.
aql was born today
Adam Beaumont founds aql as a domain registrar and hosting company.