UK’s service providers’ dependence on leased circuits to serve government customers is changing. The opening of dark fibre circuits has opened capacity potential. As a result, bandwidth becomes much more cost-effective. Openreach enables providers to take direct control of network connections for the first time. And with dark fibre up for grabs, service providers will be able to deliver virtually unlimited bandwidth to customers on demand—at a fraction of the monthly cost.

With dark fibre, government customers can get the super-high-bandwidth services they need, at a cost they can afford.

- Simon Parry, CTO for UK Public Sector
A game-changer for government connectivity
The dark fibre opportunity blows away traditional limitations of leased-line services. With the right network equipment, government organisations can multiply available bandwidth very little additional investment.

This new bandwidth pricing model allows for rapid development and delivery of the next generation of innovative, super-high-bandwidth services for government at a low cost. And as these cost-savings are passed on to government customers, they get much more from their limited—and shrinking—budgets.

Supporting digital transformation in government
Dark fibre has the potential to dramatically speed up digital transformation in government—helping organisations maximise efficiency and value for the taxpayer. It can provide fast reliable access to cloud-based systems, for example, lowering costs for government organisations’ in-house hardware, software, and support.

As an additional benefit, dark fibre allows governments to modernise infrastructure based on new technologies—providing a foundation for network automation with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV). These replace costly legacy infrastructure with new automated service delivery and virtualised network components and functions. This enables a path to retiring costly legacy systems and accelerates government’s journey to cost-effective commodity infrastructure. 

More control
As well as dramatically reducing the cost of connectivity, dark fibre allows you to establish new connections quickly and scale-up bandwidth on demand to support new value-added services. Customers can be equipped with self-service portals to scale and contract their networks as needs change.

Act now to maximise the opportunity
Service providers, system integrators, and partners who have a clear actionable strategy for lighting dark fibre will be able to develop innovative services for government customers faster. By reducing time to market, it will be possible to gain greater traction with government departments and maximise the opportunity long term. Conversely, those who are slower to act could fall behind and risk losing out to faster, more agile competitors.