Further boost for Tyneside’s digital infrastructure

Newly opened datacentre business Stellium has completed work on a 40km metro fibre network dig in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to support its launch in the North East, and plans to offer surplus connectivity capacity to local businesses and the public sector.

The multi-duct network is the first of its kind to be built in the city and connects Stellium’s datacenters to multiple long-haul and international carriers, ensuring Stellium’s clients have low-latency, high-capacity connectivity to London, Europe and the US.

The nine-month dig was supported by the city council. Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “Newcastle and the North East is a hotbed for digital innovation, and this announcement cements our position as the fastest growing tech sector outside of London.

“Combined with the £30m National Institute for Smart Data Innovation on Newcastle Science Central and world-leading and renowned research at our universities, having this kind of infrastructure will now allow us to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the explosion in big data.

“These unique assets will provide access to new international markets, attract further investment, encourage business growth and help develop skills and create jobs of the future. I’m delighted that Stellium is investing in our region, which adds to the air of excitement currently being generated around the North East’s tech scene.”

Earlier this year Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council extended an existing public Wi-Fi network beyond key public buildings and council facilities to the streets of Tyneside.

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