The aql story

2015
January 14

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.
2012
May 10

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”.
2009
May 10

IXLeeds founded

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.
2008
May 10

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.
2007
May 14

Landline messaging hub

Adam sets up the UK’s main landline messaging hub.
May 10

Mobile business WiFi voice service launches

Adam combines his experience in messaging and telephony to create the first business mobile WiFi voice service.
2003
May 10

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.
1998
May 10

aql was born today

Adam Beaumont founds aql as a domain registrar and hosting company.