Concept Solutions People co-operates on dark fibre

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Concept Solutions People brings dark fibre assets, credibility and expertise to The Digital Infrastructure Cooperative.

CSP has become a member of The Digital Infrastructure Cooperative (TDIC) which brings together the public and private sector to create and share dark fibre infrastructure.

TDIC has created a new and innovative commercial model to allow a wide range of users in both the public and private sectors to access these benefits in the Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council area and this has been supported by the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) which nominated it as one of six “Wave One” projects in its £200m Local Full Fibre Network Programme.

Steve Ives, Director of CSP said “TDIC have created a great business model to maximise the utilisation of fibre infrastructure to the benefit of everyone. Together CSP and TDIC can bring the benefits of full-fibre networks to more areas across the UK, saving money for the Public Sector and connecting houses and businesses directly to ultrafast broadband.”

CSP believes that a co-operative public/private partnership is a way to create low cost, dark fibre networks for the public sector and to share that infrastructure with ISPs in the private sector with the aim of rolling out Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to as many homes and businesses as possible.

The benefits of dark fibre ownership include:

  • Fixed costs through infrastructure ownership
  • Almost limitless bandwidth
  • Flexibility to deliver whatever services are required now, and in the future.

TDIC and CSP are now planning to take the model nation-wide to support the many enquiries that Tameside has received from Local Authorities seeking to improve FTTP coverage and benefit residents, businesses and public sector organisations looking to the future.

Tim Rainey, Chairman of TDIC said   “We are delighted to welcome Concept Solutions People as members of our Cooperative.  As the Cooperative grows, in terms of its ambition, membership and coverage, the assets, credibility and expertise that CSP bring will be incredibly valuable.”

The “thin layer model” was pioneered in Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and is both pragmatic and agile. The public sector invests in new infrastructure that can then be shared using a co-operative, avoiding the downsides and complications associated with other public sector models. Tameside was one of six pilot Wave 1 projects in the Department of Culture Media and Sport’s Local Full Fibre Network Programme and it is encouraging others to use and learn from this model.