STP are delighted to announce a new partnership with Commsworld, the UK's largest independent network provider.
Commsworld will work with STP to support its key Digital Towns initiative so organisations in STP’s Scotland Improvement Districts the length and breadth of the country are more technology-focused, bringing new data-driven and sustainable benefits to communities that can be shared widely and more equally among citizens.
The partnership underlines the vital importance of reliable connectivity and excellent digital infrastructure to breathe new life into areas hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This in turn will help not only more businesses and organisations adapt to sell products online, but also companies which rely on better bandwidth to communicate with customers and suppliers.
Commsworld has a huge track record of success in Scotland. Last year alone it completed the build of its full-fibre internet connectivity to rural towns and villages in Renfrewshire in record time as part of the new infrastructure being delivered through the £15 million Connectivity as a Service framework contract signed with Renfrewshire Council.
It rolled out 32km of full-fibre directly to Inchinnan, Erskine, Bishopton, Houston, Bridge of Weir and Kilbarchan, giving businesses in these areas access to Commsworld’s UK-wide Optical Core Network. It means businesses in these areas, who may have previously struggled to gain quality and cost-effective Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), can now access up to 10 Gigabit connectivity thanks to Commsworld.
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of STP, said: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Commsworld, a leading UK Telecommunications Network Provider and ISP. They support their customers in both the public and private sectors with their business critical voice, data and internet technologies across the UK.
“Commsworld was the first network operator to connect to all of the country’s Internet Exchanges, and linking up major cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London to its network.
“Digital transformation is imperative for public and private sector organisations, and as climate change and net zero commitments are at the centre of policy debate in Scotland and the UK, at STP we recognise the challenges, but the necessity to encourage a more sustainable and efficient future for Scotland's towns, whilst ensuring a just transition for the communities that live in them.
“As we look towards COP26 in Glasgow in November, we are eager to commit to making real, tenable changes with our partners and members as we work together to a cleaner, greener future for Scotland.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Commsworld as Digital Towns will be a key feature of the post-pandemic, net zero agenda. We need ambitious digital infrastructure and approaches which embrace technology and help with wider placemaking – smart towns, virtual high streets, digital tourism and transport, blended co-working hubs and learning.
“Over the coming year we hope STP and Commsworld can deliver some innovative blueprints and provoke more collaborative approaches.”
Bruce Strang, Chief Operating Officer at Commsworld, said: “We are hugely excited to be partnering with STP. Together, we aim to ensure businesses in rural towns and villages through Scotland are fully aware of the massive benefits that high quality and highly resilient connectivity can bring.
“We want to educate every business on how a superfast service can be truly transformative, as well as being delivered at much more cost effective rates to those in rural areas than previously thanks to the likes of Commsworld’s UK Optical Core Network, which delivers a superior quality and reliable service from Scottish-based company.
“Commsworld cannot wait to begin working with STP to make a difference through technology to towns and villages across the country.