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UK: Wholesale and custom fibre broadband infrastructure provider Nextgenaccess Ltd has agreed an exclusive 20-year concession enabling it to deploy fibres along High Speed 1 between London and Channel Tunnel.

The company said this would provide the shortest fibre route to connect with interntional networks via the Channel Tunnel and subsea cable crossings.

Announcing the agreement on November 13, Managing Director Mark Welle said Nextgenaccess was committed to ‘quickly and cost-effectively bringing the high value, low latency benefits of full fibre within the reach of local authorities and thousands of underserved businesses in strategic areas of the country, via rail, road and where necessary other viable infrastructure including canals and utilities.’

Dyan Crowther, CEO of Channel Tunnel Rail Link concessionaire HS1 Ltd, said the deal was ‘an innovative collaboration that will save hundreds of thousands of hours of road disruption that would otherwise be caused by installing this fibre on Kent’s roads.’