Pulsant announces £8 million investment in UK-wide edge computing network

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IT infrastructure services provider Pulsant is putting £8 million aside to invest in a new UK national network enabling edge computing.

The project is going ahead through an agreement with communications infrastructure provider Zayo. The investment will see 10 of Pulsant’s UK data centres connected via Zayo’s fibre network to ‘build a unique digital ecosystem’, as the two companies trumpeted.

“The investment will create and maintain a high-capacity, low latency and agile network capable of delivering sub-five millisecond latency to over 95% of the UK population from Pulsant’s sovereign UK data centres,” the companies wrote. “The new network will provide the infrastructure to support the next generation of innovative applications, as businesses look to adopt and deploy distributed multi-cloud strategies.”

“Combining our diverse portfolio of data centres and Zayo’s innovative fibre solutions, this unique new network will bring reliable, scalable and high-capacity coverage to businesses across the whole of the UK,” added Rob Coupland, CEO of Pulsant in a statement.

Speaking to CBR in June, Coupland cited the edge opportunity as a key future technology. “What’s also exciting to me is the increasing distribution of the cloud network,” he said. “In our industry we saw a consolidation into big data centre hubs in cities like London, but what this does is bring the data and the processing back towards the edge.

“This brings lots of possibilities for businesses and particularly more regionalised ones that were a long way from the hubs before,” he added.

The project will be followed with interest. Yet as sister publication Telecoms continues to report, UK-centric rollouts of 5G, as well as rural broadband coverage, continue to hit roadblocks. Only last month, three of the UK’s four major telcos committed to building more than 200 new masts to address rural coverage issues.

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