Why Comex 2000’s latest build for Virgin Media shows the dedication of the Network Build & Business division
While a high-speed internet connection is vital for any household – especially if you’ve got teenagers – the needs of business are even greater.
Without a high-speed connection, all the things that make a modern company tick – website, email, system access, social media – don’t function, making it hard to communicate with the outside world and look after customers and suppliers.
Gavin Davies, Director of Comex 2000’s Network Build & Business division, is acutely aware of this. “Businesses need high-speed, reliable and resilient connections and telephony services,” says Gavin. “These allow for multiple users and offer a fast response emergency restoration service if something goes wrong.”
While Gavin’s team routinely takes on complex operations, few can match the scale of the recent job on behalf of Virgin Media. This was no easy undertaking. The team had to install 42 dark fibre circuits across 21 exchanges, including four trunk routes ranging from 10-12 kilometres in length. And with no street plans to guide them, no materials and just a 12-week lead to work with, they were under pressure from the start.
The majority of the exchanges were also in city or town centers, which meant that work on the cable routes was hampered by traffic congestion. Yet thanks to the team’s professionalism, the project was completed on time, with no disruption to existing services.
For Gavin, projects like this are all part of making the UK’s cable network fit for the 21st century. At the heart of this is upgrading networks , and allowing vast amounts of information to move at the high speeds businesses (and residential customers) demand.
“All of the work we undertake is complicated,” says Gavin. “From initial planning and sourcing the right skilled staff to making sure you meet those tight deadlines – everyone needs a connection yesterday!”
Gavin has been with Comex 2000 since 2015 and has gained a picture of where the UK’s cable network capabilities are, and where they need to be.
“Things are better but there’s still a long way to go” he says. “Local authorities, wayleave agreements (i.e. permission from building and landowners to install cables) and resources are some of the biggest challenges ahead. But if we can overcome these and work with partners successfully, we’re looking at a high-speed, hyper-connected future.”