European bandwidth infrastructure company euNetworks has bought all the shares in the sub-pipe-based fiber network The Loop Manchester from Gamma Telecom Holdings.
The Loop launched in 2012 and has what is said to be a unique pipeline network that stretches for over 87km through key business areas in the cities of Manchester and Salford and the neighboring Trafford district. With more than 180 km of high-capacity fiber cables, it connects to 20 data centers, two exchanges, and provides high-capacity Internet to more than 70 key multi-tenant commercial buildings.
Approximately 48 km of the pipeline network are completely unique routes of alternative operators in the city. That routing, combined with 700 cameras and expandability, is said to offer a strong complement to the current euNetworks fiber network in Manchester.
As well as serving Manchester’s growing media sector (the area is home to the UK’s largest collection of media and broadcasting organizations outside of London), The Loop’s clients include major data center operators, businesses and public sector organizations. .
In terms of services, euNetworks is focused on offering high-bandwidth fiber connectivity between and within European cities. The company owns and operates deep fiber networks in 17 cities, including Manchester, and operates a highly differentiated long-range network spanning 15 countries. The company has direct and diverse connectivity to more than 440 data centers in Western Europe.
In the future after the acquisition, euNetworks says it will continue to invest in its network, building unique routes, adding multiple diverse routes, and extending the reach to key hyperscale data center sites, data center clusters and network aggregation points. .
Prior to the acquisition, the euNetworks Manchester metro comprised 42 km of pipeline network, 276 cameras and direct connection to 17 data centers. Brady Rafuse, CEO of euNetworks, said the company viewed Manchester as an important and growing digital hub and, to that end, had been eager to develop its presence in the city for some time.
“The combined footprint will provide immediate value to both existing and new customers that we receive from The Loop,” he said. “The acquisition of The Loop network strengthens our customer proposition in the bandwidth infrastructure market. It also improves our Super Highway that runs from Dublin to Manchester, London and Lowestoft.
“In addition to adding unique routes to our Manchester metro, The Loop gives us a more local presence, the flexibility to connect more data centers and buildings, and the opportunity for further expansion.”
Andrew Taylor, CEO of Gamma Telecom Holdings, added: “We have turned The Loop into a successful and growing business that is now ready for its next phase and we are truly pleased that euNetworks has chosen to be its owner. EuNetworks’ extensive fiber footprint in Europe and the UK, coupled with its customer-centric approach to network development and investment, is impressive and innovative. “
Refuse said they hoped The Loop’s local knowledge, experience, development and strong relationships in the local market would be invaluable in increasing euNetworks’ presence in the region, particularly with the company’s focus on the media sector. , who insisted that it be strengthened immediately.
“With The Loop’s knowledge and strong reputation amongst the media and streaming community in Manchester and the UK, there is a great opportunity for teams and networks to come together to develop and future-proof some of the requirements most important content of these companies ”. added.