Giganet, an internet service provider (ISP) on a mission to be the best in the UK, has entered into a multi-year agreement to support the expansion of full fibre, hyperfast service delivery to premises throughout the UK, with Anixter, a leading global supply chain solutions provider and subsidiary of Wesco International. Against a backdrop of the UK government’s vision to increase access to gigabit broadband in the UK to 85% by the end of 2025, the agreement represents an innovative solution to the operational challenges faced by ISPs trying to efficiently scale their network and services to meet a constantly growing demand for high-speed broadband internet access.
With over 60 years of experience in supplying logistics and supply chain services, Anixter will provide its trusted end-to-end supply chain management expertise to Giganet, allowing Giganet to focus on its core expertise in providing hyperfast, reliable and affordable internet services for both consumers and businesses, alongside first-class, UK-based customer support and service.
The agreement is the culmination of more than four months of close collaboration and discussions between the leadership teams of both companies and will deliver benefits to Giganet including increased speed of fulfilment, economies of scale and purchasing, operational and administrative efficiencies and cost-effective deployments.
Jarlath Finnegan, CEO of Giganet, says, “This type of collaboration and innovation will ensure that Giganet can deliver on our vision to be the best ISP. We want to connect customers, and Anixter can help us achieve this in the most efficient way. We see this type of approach as a game changer within the ISP industry, allowing us the flexibility to operate nationwide without the logistic and warehousing challenges normally associated with these activities.”
Under the terms of the collaboration, Anixter will provide:
- Stockholding and material management services
- Deployment enhancement services
- Vendor rationalisation and management
- Passive infrastructure provisioning for ducts, sub ducts, chambers and fibre cables
The new partnership assists Giganet in pursuing its ambitions to become the best full-fibre ISP in the UK, and it aligns with the UK government’s initiatives to provide consumers with more choices for reliable and speedy broadband and internet service, particularly to rural areas, with faster installation times and lower service costs.
Giganet is busy connecting homes and businesses right across the UK and today has a reach to over 7 million premises and growing. The company’s £250 million funding agreed in mid-2021 has enabled them to build their own network, accelerate their growth, and support vast swathes of the UK.
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