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Scotland’s digital transformation continues to progress at pace with another city-wide fibre roll out from CityFibre

 

Release: 17 January 2017

The city of Stirling is set to take a giant leap into the future this new year after leading pure fibre infrastructure provider, CityFibre, announced it is to become Scotland’s fourth Gigabit City.

 

Working in partnership with leading specialist in next generation managed networks MLL Telecom, and Stirling Council, CityFibre will commence construction in June 2017, deploying the first phase of this state-of-the-art new fibre infrastructure. The initial development phase is expected to take 14 months, delivering 20km of infrastructure spanning from Bannockburn to the Stirling Agricultural Centre. 

 

The copper-free, ultra-fast network will connect over 30 Stirling Council sites including schools, libraries, offices and community facilities, transforming services and boosting productivity across all areas of council operations. It will also provide a future-proof platform for further digital developments, such as connecting mobile masts and delivering safer city infrastructure such as smart CCTV and street-lighting.

 

As with all CityFibre’s Gigabit City projects, the new network will be extended over time to offer the majority of Stirling’s 3,000 businesses affordable access to gigabit speed services. These ultra-fast services are vastly superior to those endured by many businesses throughout the country and will provide them with a huge competitive advantage.

 

Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd welcomed the announcement: “The people of Stirling know they live in a great city – and I am delighted that they’ll now be able to say they live in a ‘Gigabit City.’ 

 

“This is excellent news for those who live, work and study here.  This leap forward for our digital connectivity will make our existing businesses more competitive, encourage new businesses to the city centre, and enable us to deliver education and skills programmes, which not only ensure our students are the most digitally skilled in Scotland, but also provide people of all circumstances and skill levels with opportunities for employment.  It will also allow those accessing council services to do so faster.

 

“Following a competitive tender process we have worked closely with MLL Telecom Ltd and CityFibre to ensure that Stirling’s needs are fully met through this project, not just today but well into the future.  Our City Deal success has truly unlocked Stirling’s digital potential. We’ve been clear that we want Stirling to be one of the most digitally connected cities in Europe, and this project is an essential step in helping us realise that ambition.” 

 

James McClafferty, CityFibre’s Head of Regional Development in Scotland, added: “By providing unlimited bandwidth and true fibre connectivity, CityFibre’s privately funded investment in Stirling will benefit all areas of the community. As the first organisation to be connected, Stirling Council will, for example, explore the e-learning potential offered by Gigabit connectivity in schools and libraries, whilst improving the use of digital and web-based tools and services for both staff and customers.

 

“What’s more, as the project progresses we expect Stirling to benefit economically as the city becomes more competitive in terms of attracting new businesses, supporting growth amongst existing firms and creating jobs. We are already seeing this trend emerge in our Gigabit City projects across the UK and in others throughout the world.”

 

Ross Duke, MLL Telecom’s Technology Director said, “In the connected world, the greatest advantage we have is reaching out and communicating instantly with each other. The Gigabit City network will transform the way in which Stirling’s communities, organisations and businesses can collaborate and work together. Our role will be to make sure this happens seamlessly and securely, so that we can deliver the best communication experience to all users”.

 

CityFibre is currently leading Gigabit City projects in 40 other cities across the UK including those already underway in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

 

For more information about CityFibre visit: www.cityfibre.com

Shoppers and businesses have been handed a major digital boost after free wi-fi was rolled out across Norwich city centre.

The £100,000 investment has transformed some of key shopping areas into internet hot spots, with Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich Market, Exchange Street, Chapelfield Gardens and Surrey Street all benefitting from the free service.

Spearheaded by the Norwich Business Improvement District, the connection will offer download speeds of 5Mbps and will be expanded to the rest of the Norwich Lanes and other areas close to the city centre in the coming months.

Retailers and digital businesses said the move could boost sales both in-store and online by giving shoppers – who use their smartphones to buy online while shopping on the high street – a faster connection speed. It comes after a £1.1m pilot project created by the East of England Development Agency brought free wi-fi to the city in 2006, but it was shut down once the trial period ended.

Leaders behind the latest scheme said advances in meant the new wi-fi connection would offer a faster and more effective service, helping “to put Norwich on the map as a technology leading city.”

Stefan Gurney, executive director of Norwich BID, said: “Our free city centre wi-fi scheme puts Norwich at the forefront of technology and provides real value for social media users and the business community. With the technology lifestyles that we all lead, it is now an expectation that a city has wi-fi.

“With Norwich’s reputation as a Tech Nation City it’s vital that we invest in the infrastructure which embraces growth of digital technology for the benefit of visitors and businesses. The city centre free wi-fi will further help put Norwich on the map as a technology leading city, and a more connected place to visit, work and live.”

The switch-on of the service came after months of planning by the Norwich BID and Norwich City Council, while businesses and Norwich BID members were also consulted.

It was installed by MLL Telecom, which fitted 25 wi-fi points on buildings in Norwich, with a further eight masts still to be put in place.

The Norwich BID has funded the project through an annual 1pc levy on the rateable value of business premises over £15,000 within the BID area. It plans to raise £3m over its five year term.

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MLL Telecom,a leading independent provider of ‘Secure Managed Network Services’, has been selected as one of the suppliers under the new UK Government’s Network Services framework agreement (RM1045), as announced by the Crown Commercial Service. 

“We are delighted that we can now expand our engagement within the Public Sector and offer customers a suite of communication solutions that are provisioned, managed and monitored in a simple and cost-effective way”, stated Isy Bizaoui, Business Development Director for MLL Telecom.

MLL Telecom is pioneering the development of converged ‘Fixed’ and ‘Wireless’ networks to create the ultimate communications environment. With a relentless focus on design MLL stands out in its ability to support the Network Services agreement in providing superior quality technology services with better value-for-money.

MLL Telecom’s services can be found under lots 1, “Data Access Services” and 10, “Integrated Communications”.

 

MLL career in IT.  The QA Microsoft IT Systems & Networking Apprenticeship 12-month programme combines nine training weeks from the local QA training centre, with long periods in the workplace and work-based modules including Principles of IT System and data security and Developing own effectiveness and professionalism.

While in the workplace Shane will be working closely with MLL Telecom’s IT department and the Network Operation Centre team with their daily functions, such as issuing support tickets, while increasing his business awareness and improving his tools and software knowledge.

 “We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to a young apprentice, and are keen to see Shane’s energy and enthusiasm transform him into a valued employee with a breadth of knowledge and practical experience in his field”, reported Luke Pain, IT Engineer.

With desires to set up his own business in the future alongside a football career, Shane explains the attraction of the scheme: “One key benefit of completing this apprenticeship is to gain hands-on experience while increasing my technical knowledge.  I am keen to improve my communication and time management skills, as well as developing my IT capabilities.  I chose to work for MLL Telecom as it is a well-established company with a great Telecommunications background,” he adds. 

Telecom welcomed Shane Smith, 18 from High Wycombe into the company this week to help launch his

“This is a new approach for MLL Telecom and we are delighted to be working with Businesscoms in Norwich. The partnership was formed as part of our ongoing mission to deliver secure, cost-effective and high quality connectivity for the UK’s fast growing digital economy and fortifies our commitment to the region of East Anglia,” explains Gary Marven, CEO at MLL Telecom.

 MLL Telecom chose to partner with  Businesscoms as they have a track record of delivering savings and improvements for companies communications needs and are dedicated to pioneering a best-value approach; offering a large range of flexible solutions to meet all businesses’ communications needs. 

 “Now is an exciting time for Businesses throughout the UK, and in particular, the Norwich area”, comments Rob Baldacci, Director of Businesscoms.  “The ever-changing world of technology is allowing us to do more and reach further however we have always been held back by the infrastructure built.  It is like having a Ferrari but a dirt track to drive it down.  That is all changing and in the Norwich area we see an exciting opportunity for businesses to embrace an independent infrastructure that has been enjoyed by the public sector for a while.  This will allow both savings and efficiency improvements.”

 MLL Telecom has significant experience of providing high quality, high capacity, resilient Next Generation Network (NGN) services in East Anglia and currently supports over 600 sites for Suffolk County Council.

 MLL Telecom is now able to bring this wealth of experience to the businesses of the city by opening up high-capacity fibre infrastructure and using the best fibre and Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) access technologies to provide high quality managed services.

Marketing Contact:
Rosie Day
Sales and Marketing Executive
Tel: 07741261919
Email: r.day@mlltelecom.com

SMEs make up 99.9% of the UK’s 4.5 million businesses and are a crucial engine for growth in this country.  Historically, SMEs were excluded from government business, meaning Public Sector bodies were not able to benefit from the best and most cost-effective ideas that SMEs are capable of delivering. The developments in 2015 in the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) procurement methods and new Network Services Framework facilitate a simpler participation process for smaller businesses in government tenders.

 “By opening up opportunities for SME suppliers we will stimulate growth and jobs, as well as giving government access to SMEs’ creativity and innovation”, states Chloe Smith MP, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform (Federation of Small Businesses 2013).

Public sector bodies are beginning to realise the impact of previous procurement methods and are increasingly inclined to investigate the advantages of working with SMEs.  For an SME, there is a focus on delivery and development. This often means that a solution can be put in place more quickly and effectively by a smaller telecommunications company.

One of the principal benefits of working with SMEs in the telecommunications arena is the high level of customer service they offer.  A smaller, dedicated team with personal account managers often leads to more frequent customer contact and therefore the timely resolution of issues.  Focused engineering teams ensure the constant monitoring and improvement of the service.

SMEs are able to tailor their offerings to suit their various public sector customers and can therefore offer a specialised solution.  Expertise in certain areas can produce cost savings for public sector organisations.  “We know SMEs can offer customisation and flexibility and provide direct access to expertise and innovation, so where SMEs offer best value for money we want our customers to be contracting with them every time”, state CCS.  In the case of building networks, a hybrid approach to the design often results in the right mix of technology.  This approach is taken by specialist SMEs and can minimise cost and maximise performance.

Recent progression in the procurement services have led to the development of a new framework for telecommunications in 2015.  The Network Services Framework allows smaller businesses to compete with the incumbent suppliers, permitting government bodies to work with SMEs and potentially gain a prefered solution.  

Before the Network Services Framework is available to use (expected Mid 2015) there are other Frameworks that allow local public sector bodies to procure telecommunications services from SMEs, such as the PSN compliant Public Sector Telecoms Services Framework (Fabrick).  

MLL Telecom

MLL Telecom is looking to provide solutions through the Network Services Framework in 2015 and a full range of Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity services can currently be procured through the Public Sector Telecoms Services Framework.  MLL Telecom have 23 years experience working with the Public Sector and specialising in fixed line and wireless technologies.  As a CAS(T), ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified UK licenced Telco with CODE powers and its own national spectrum assets, MLL Telecom can provide cost effective and innovative service solutions to meet a wide range of customer requirements from simple broadband lines to complex networks.

The town centre Wifi network gives the public limited free internet access within the designated areas. It is quick and easy to sign up to the service; users simply search ‘Tunbridge Wells Wifi’ and access it via facebook, twitter or by filling out the registration form.  

The Wifi was deployed by MLL Telecom at no cost to the borough council and uses existing street furniture, mainly CCTV camera columns, for the equipment needed to provide the service.

Dave Pinnington, Director of Regional Networks, MLL Telecom says: “Our aim is to work with local communities to serve their needs, so we’re delighted to be able to work with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on this initiative.

“Not only will it offer improved connectivity to residents and businesses, but it also opens the doors to visitors to find out more about the region and get online to share their experiences.  Many studies put free public Wifi at the top of tourist wish lists, so we hope this initiative will help enhance the Tunbridge Wells visitor economy.”

The first phase of the project is now live and future deployment with coverage in the wider town centre is expected in a few months.  The borough council are keen to promote the use of the ‘Pay by Phone’ service and allow visitors to easily pay for and extend their car parking.  Information on this service is found in car parks and on the Council’s website.

Hilary Smith, Royal Tunbridge Wells Councillor stated, “Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is delighted that the first phase of the Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre Wifi network is up and running. This has been an important project for the Council as it seeks to support the vitality of the town centre.

“The Wifi platform will provide an opportunity for town centre retailers and other businesses to interact with consumers, advertise and promote themselves via the web. It will also support tourism and visitor engagement in the town centre allowing easy access to the visittunbridgewells website that is to be re-launched very soon. Car parking will become easier through the pay by phone facility. The Council is looking forward to working with MLL on the next phase of the roll-out.”

The use of superfast broadband has become imperative for small businesses who want to expand and improve. “SFBB is serving SMEs well and has become a critical enabler for many; it is changing the way businesses operate, increasing agility and productivity in new and novel ways” (Plymouth University 2011).

According to the Government Communications Minister Ed Vaizey, "this exciting technology is essential to modern business life whether you are a high-tech start-up or an established family firm in an industry, such as tourism or manufacturing". "It will become even more essential in the increasingly 'connected world' of the future," he stated (CRB 2014).

Research carried out by the University of Plymouth indicated that superfast broadband saved 82.9% of businesses time and/or money, while 57.9% felt that it had enabled their business to grow and it allowed 61.4% to work in new and different ways.

Superfast broadband has a pivotal role in delivering value through new found efficiencies and savings. The use of Cloud services, Skype communication and VoIP services for business are emerging as major positive game changers as a result of superfast broadband. The greater use of social networking sites helps build better relationships with both suppliers and customers (Plymouth University 2011). Businesses are able to reach and attract new customers through internet based communication and promotion, and provide new services.

Another invaluable addition to small businesses and their communities is the creation of new jobs. Businesses reported an increase in sales and efficiency and the upgrade enabled them to access wider markets so therefore needed new staff to keep up with the workload (SERIO & Buckman Associates 2011).

The University of Exeter Business School and One Planet MBA reported “productivity improvements were estimated at between 10-20%” due to the ability to work concurrently, the improvement in staff morale, quicker and remote access to and processing of information, reduced travel time and better communication.

MLL Telecom is a leading wireless specialist providing wireless connectivity and services for rural and underserved business parks. For more information visit www.mlltelecom.com/business-parks or contact us on 01628495485.

“Since receiving your service, it has improved my business 100%. The engineers were very quick at installing the service and I highly recommend MLL Telecom to any further customers.”
Anthony Stringer Of Stringer Building SVS LTD, Telford Road, Clacton-on-Sea.

 

MLL Telecom will be performing a technological demonstration of our Superfast Radio Broadband, which is now available throughout Gorse Lane Business Park, on Tuesday 29th July.

Just keep an eye out for our friendly, knowledgeable sales team and engineers offering this FREE try before you buy service.

FREE on the day install surveys will also be available.

If you fancy FREE Superfast Broadband, let us know and we'll be sure to stop off outside your workplace and show off what MLL Telecom can do for you!

We have already enabled Superfast Broadband for customers on Gorse Lane and Tony Stringer of Stringer Building SVS LTD said:

“Since receiving your service it has improved my business 100%. The engineer was very quick at installing the service. I highly recommend MLL Telecom to any further customers.”

So, if you want to know what Superfast Broadband can do for you, come on down and let us demonstrate to you or call us on 01628 495485.

 

Contact details:

Rosie Day

Sales Executive, MLL Telecom
r.day@mlltelecom.com
Mobile: 07741 261919

Michelle Gordon

Enterprise and Innovation Officer,
Tendring District Council
mgordon@tendringdc.gov.uk

 

MLL Telecom, in partnership with Tendring District Council, is in the process of rolling out a service across Tendring District. The first phase of this saw us delivering a solution along Clacton sea front to enable visitors and residents to get online during the Clacton Airshow 2013.

Since then we have been working on deploying the second phase of delivering superfast broadband out to Business Parks with packages from £75.

We have been working with businesses to get this service ready for roll-out; the service is available on Gorse Lane now and the first customers are live at 40Mbps.

We would like to discuss our new service with you and find out about your own personal experiences and requirements for broadband to see if our service would be of benefit and interest to you.

We are taking orders now on Gorse Lane Business Park, and would like to welcome you to our launch event at the Enterprise Centre, 1-2 Davy Road on Wednesday 16th July which to find our more about your broadband requirements.

 

Contact:

Rosie Day
Sales Executive, MLL Telecom
r.day@mlltelecom.com
Mobile: 07741 261919

Michelle Gordon
Enterprise and Innovation Officer,
Tendring District Council
mgordon@tendringdc.gov.uk

 

Last week the Government announced the successful bids for its £10m Innovation Fund. The pot of money available is to be used to explore ways to introduce superfast broadband to the most remote and hardest to reach places in the UK.

The eight shortlisted pilots will explore how to expand coverage in remote areas, using fixed wireless and satellite technologies, a social investment financial model and an operating model which aggregates small rural networks, to ensure no-one is left behind in the digital slow lane.

Many small regional broadband projects run into difficulties because they have to act as both a network provider and a retail ISP. To be able to attract government grants and meet EU state aid rules the network must be open access and capable of wholesale to other providers. MLL Telecom is proud to have been allocated funds to deploy a wholesale platform designed to make it easier for infrastructure providers and communities to deploy rural networks.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our nationwide rollout is progressing at a terrific rate and each week superfast speeds are becoming a reality for tens of thousands of homes and businesses in rural areas across the UK. We know how important this “fourth utility” has become which is why we are investing £10m in these pilots to explore how we can extend coverage beyond the 95% of the UK we are on track to deliver by 2017.”

The wholesale platform will allow network providers to easily 'plug in' to the wholesale platform and allow specialist ISPs to deliver services to customers, thus creating a two tier approach and removing much of the complexity of building rural networks. This approach should increase the likelihood of successful community projects and provide scale and speed to rural deployments. 

As part of the project MLL Telecom will be building a small fixed wireless access (FWA) network in Kent with target areas for the service being identified alongside Kent County Council. MLL Telecom will be working with specialist ISPs to deliver services to both businesses and consumers in Kent.

David Pinnington, Head of Rural Networks at MLL Telecom said: “We are delighted to be working with Kent as part of the BDUK Innovation Programme. Providing a simple and easy wholesale platform to Wireless ISPs will open up the market for small regional deployments and provide scale for the estimated >1 million properties left in the final 5%.”

MARLOW, UK, 6th May 2014 – MLL Telecom, one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks, has today announced the appointment of John Hawkins as Chairman to support and extend its growing portfolio of services. Mr Hawkins’ appointment comes as former Chairman, Godfrey Wilson, is retiring. It is an exciting time for MLL Telecom as it continues to strengthen its executive team as part of its formidable growth strategy in key areas of the UK telecoms market, including Public Services Network deployments, mobile and fixed operator networks and rural broadband.

Also an Executive Chairman at Vislink Group, Non-executive Chairman of Wireless logic and Chairman of David Phillips, Mr Hawkins has over 20 years’ experience in the creation of immense value in both private equity backed and public companies. He was formerly Chairman of Genus PLC, where he oversaw the company’s value and profit increase tenfold, and Chairman of Psion PLC where he oversaw the company’s acquisition by Motorola for $200m. Mr Hawkins has also held Chief Executive Officer roles at various software and hardware companies including Atex, Anite Plc and Graseby PLC.

Mr Hawkins commented on his appointment, stating: “I join MLL Telecom at an exciting time as the company embarks on an exciting growth strategy that will see it pave the way for alternative wireless technologies as a viable option in delivering rural connectivity to the underserved areas of the UK. MLL Telecom are already viewed as a trusted partner and provider of cost-effective networks in the UK; working with the public sector and service providers to solve their connectivity challenges of the future.”

“John Hawkins has an enviable track record of helping innovative businesses in the telecoms space achieve high growth and increased profitability,” said Gary Marven, CEO, MLL Telecom. “We will benefit from his strong leadership skills and great insight, and I’m confident that he will play a crucial role in shaping the successful future of MLL Telecom.”

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About MLL Telecom:
MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. MLL Telecom has more than 3000 microwave radio links nationwide and customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media Business, Azzurri, East Sussex County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council. . For additional information, please visit www.mlltelecom.com. Follow MLL Telecom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mll_telecom

Contact:
Hannah Holt
Marketing Assistant
MLL Telecom
01628 495446 / 01628 495400
h.holt@mlltelecom.com

MARLOW, UK, 17 April 2014 – MLL Telecom, one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks, has today announced the appointment of Christian Winning as Chief Financial Officer. His appointment will strengthen the executive team and facilitate MLL Telecom’s growth strategy, as the company continues to provide and enhance connectivity across the UK.

Winning brings with him a deep understanding of the UK telecoms sector and a strong background in finance, planning and cash management within multinational service businesses. Previously at the Alan Dick Group, he was responsible for driving cash generation and succeeded in returning value to key stakeholders.

Christian Winning has commented on his appointment, stating: “A key focus area for me in 2014 will be to increase MLL Telecom’s cash flow and provide financial support as the company continues to strengthen its services portfolio and explore the use of new technologies for the public sector, fixed and mobile operators and for delivering superfast broadband connectivity across rural and under-served parts of the UK.”

“Christian’s proven track record of building and nurturing highly capable and responsive finance teams, coupled with his strong capabilities to manage and deliver change whilst successfully influencing divisions and the company’s culture, made him ideal for this demanding role,” said Gary Marven, CEO, MLL Telecom. “The company will benefit from his ability to quickly analyse complex commercial financial matters as we continue to lead in the quick delivery of cost-effective superfast connectivity to rural areas in the UK.”

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About MLL Telecom:

MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. MLL Telecom has more than 3000 microwave radio links nationwide and customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media Business, Azzurri, East Sussex County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council. . For additional information, please visit www.mlltelecom.com. Follow MLL Telecom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mll_telecom

Press Contact:

Natasha Hill
Rocket Communications
Tel: +44 (0)845 3707 024
Email: mlltelecom@rocketcomms.net

MARLOW, UK, 23 January 2014 – MLL Telecom, one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks, has partnered with Tendring District Council to deliver superfast broadband to business parks in the district. The project, now in its second phase, will see the roll-out of Metro WiFi in business parks, rural communities and holiday parks across the coastal towns of Clacton, Frinton, Walton and Harwich. Businesses that have no Internet access or suffer from very low speeds at present will be able to tap into up to 40Mbps connectivity speeds in February 2013 with a variety of packages ranging from £75 - £125 per month.

Cllr Sarah Candy, Portfolio Holder for Inward Investment and Growth at Tendring District Council explained: “Broadband connectivity drops off very rapidly outside town centres where the business parks are located. Poor Internet connectivity is leaving Tendring businesses at a disadvantage compared with more urban areas, and even forcing some to relocate. It will still be some time before a fibre connection is available, so with help from MLL Telecom we facilitated the deployment of Metro WiFi to deliver superfast broadband, with the aim of encouraging economic development and providing improved access to services for the whole district.”

The first phase of the deployment saw free WiFi installed along the seafront in time for the 2013 Clacton Airshow on the 22nd and 23rd of August. It was available for the 160,000 visitors to post their photos and videos online and allowed local traders to use their laptops on their stalls to run their business.

David Pinnington, Head of Rural Networks at MLL Telecom said: “We are committed to delivering local connectivity solutions to rural areas of the UK such as Tendring currently without widespread superfast broadband, helping to safeguard their competitiveness in today’s digital economy.”

An open day is being held on Tuesday 28th January from 11am – 7pm at the Clacton Enterprise Centre in Davy Road for businesses who want to find out more about the services available and whether it’s the right option for them. There is no need to book, just pop along, without obligation, to get further information on coverage, speeds and pricing / package options.

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About MLL Telecom:

MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. MLL Telecom has more than 3000 microwave radio links nationwide and customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media Business, Azzurri, East Sussex County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council. . For additional information, please visit www.mlltelecom.com. Follow MLL Telecom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mll_telecom

Press Contact:

Natasha Hill

Rocket Communications

Tel: +44 (0)845 3707 024

Email: mlltelecom@rocketcomms.net

MLL Telecom, Purdicom, Siklu, Ceragon & Cambium Networks are Connecting the Unconnected with the Superfast Wireless Roadshow across the UK.

In light of Superfast Britain’s Super Connected Cities program, Rural Broadband Delivery UK, Town Centre Wi-Fi and metropolitan CCTV networks people need very fast, extremely reliable and cost effective connections. With wireless people benefit from fibre-like speeds & dependable reliability and rapid delivery at a price significantly lower than fibre & wires in terms of both CAPEX & OPEX.

The Superfast Wireless Roadshow will show how wireless is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for delivering high speed networks to both rural & urban areas. The solutions offered include long range point to point & point to multipoint wireless for in frequencies of 5 – 80GHz including Purdicom & MLL Telecom’s exclusive 32GHz spectrum and Wi-Fi for city centre connectivity.

Roadshow Locations

Spread across the UK, the roadshow locations have been selected evenly for easy accessibility wherever you are based. Each venue is unique to making the roadshow one to remember.

  • Edinburgh, 5th March 
    Venue: The Vaults, 87 Giles St, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH6 6BZ
    • Manchester, 11th March
    • Venue: MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), Liverpool Rd, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
    • Birmingham, 12th March
    • Venue: Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley St Birmingham, West Midlands B5 5SE
    • Marlow, 13th March
    • Venue: MLL Telecom Jubilee House, Third Avenue, Globe Park, Marlow, SL7 1EY

 

Register for the Superfast Wireless roadshow or view more information 

The TWifi network will give the public free internet access within the designated area for three months following the launch date, and after that registered users will have 15 minutes a day free and the option of a low cost pay-as-you-go service. It will be quick and easy to sign up to the service which also gives users permanent free access to a range of designated websites which will include information on local attractions, shops, events and public services.

The TWifi will be deployed by MLL Telecom at no cost to the borough council and will use existing street furniture, mainly CCTV camera columns, for the equipment needed to provide the service.

Council cabinet member with responsibility for the project, Jane March, said: “This is an exciting project which we think will offer lots of benefits to users and be very helpful for our visitors.”

The first phase of the project is expected to be up and running in January with coverage in the wider town centre in a few months later. In the longer term the partnership offers the potential for improved broadband in the rural areas and business centres of the borough.

Dave Pinnington, Director of Regional Networks, MLL Telecom says: “Our aim is to work with local communities to serve their needs, so we’re delighted to be able to work with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on this initiative.

“Not only will it offer improved connectivity to residents and businesses, but it also opens the doors to visitors to find out more about the region and get online to share their experiences.

“Many studies put free public WiFi at the top of tourist wish lists, so we hope this initiative will help enhance the Tunbridge Wells visitor economy. We look forward to continuing to work with the Council over the coming months to further extend superfast broadband services in the region.

MLL Telecom, in partnership with Tendring District Council, is in the process of rolling out Metro WiFi in Town Centres and surrounding areas across Tendring. The first phase of this saw us delivering a solution along Clacton sea front to enable visitors and residents to get online during the Clacton Airshow.

We are now deploying the second phase which will see us delivering superfast broadband (initially 40Mbps will be available) out to business parks and are aiming to be live from February 2014 with packages from £125 per month.

If your company is a resident on this business park, we would of course like to discuss our plans with you and find out about your own personal experiences and requirements for broadband to see if you would be interested in this rollout. We are taking orders now, so if this service is of interest please contact us or register your interest by filling out an enquiry form.

Contact:

David Pinnington Director of Rural Networks, MLL Telecom

E-mail: d.pinnington@mlltelecom.com

Tel: 01628 495481 Mob: 07921 829442

Michelle Gordon

Enterprise and Innovation Officer, Tendring District Council

E-mail: mgordon@tendringdc.gov.uk

Tel: 01255 686376

The UK’s leading wireless, cloud and security distributor, Purdicom, has today announced an exclusive partnership with Marlow based MLL Telecom.  Under the terms of the agreement, Purdicom will offer licenced radio solutions, packaged with spectrum licenced to MLL Telecom, alongside a range of professional services such as link monitoring, on-site support and site acquisition. This represents a shift in approach for both MLL Telecom and Purdicom.

In recent months Purdicom has experienced a huge increase in demand for high quality, reliable wireless backhaul solutions, driven by the surge in growth of rural and urban WISPs along with CCTV solution providers.  As a Ceragon and Cambium Networks distributor, Purdicom already offers a large number of links licensed from Ofcom.  Using licensed technology provides the extra layer of security that customers need, however the long lead times from Ofcom along with the high cost of the spectrum hinder take-up by businesses.

Thanks to the new agreement with MLL Telecom, Purdicom will be able to provide licensed links in just one week and offer significant discounts against the prices usually charged by Ofcom.  Purdicom plans to offer its customers pre-packaged deals on links to include the hardware, planning, spectrum and NOC services, lowering the barriers for adoption.

Purdicom MD Hugh Garrod said, “We have seen significant growth in many of our ISP customers in recent months, driven by government backed investment schemes such as BDUK and Connected Cities.  The common message from these customers is their desire to have good quality, reliable backhaul at an affordable price.  Traditionally these customers have used 5GHz but the band is becoming increasingly congested due to the prevalence of Wi-Fi networks.  This unique agreement allows us to satisfy that demand with carrier grade licensed technology at enterprise prices.”

Karl Edwards, Chief Commercial Officer at MLL Telecom comments, “This landmark agreement is part of our ongoing mission to deliver secure, cost-effective and high quality connectivity for the UK’s fast growing digital economy. By licensing our spectrum to Purdicom, we’re able to bring more spectrum to the marketplace where it can be used for the benefit of businesses across the country. Working with Purdicom also opens up a new revenue stream for us, strengthening our position in the increasingly competitive market.”

 

About MLL Telecom

MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. MLL Telecom has more than 3000 microwave radio links nationwide and customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media Business, Azzurri, East Sussex County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council. For additional information, please visit www.mlltelecom.com. Follow MLL Telecom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mll_telecom

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MLL Telecom, one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks has today announced that following an extensive OJEU procurement exercise to prove value for money and technical competence, it has been awarded a place on the new Public Sector Telecoms Services framework, listed under LOT 3 (WAN Services). The company has also been listed under the National Education Telecoms Services framework, allowing MLL Telecom to provide its wide range of WAN services to the public sector.

The new Telecom Services Framework offers non PSN services as standard, which are suitable for the majority of regional users. The overall framework consists of twelve lots ranging from unified communications to lines and minutes and has an overall  potential OJEU value of between £250M and £1Bn over the four-year term of the contract.

However, in addition MLL Telecom has also been recently accredited to provide CESG CAS(T) fixed and radio services, enabling it to also provide PSN compliant services through the new framework. This allows MLL Telecom to offer a secure stepping stone to full PSN accreditation to its customers whenever they require cost-effective and reliable network connectivity.

Darrin Chadwick, MLL Telecom Public Services Sector Director said: "This new telecoms services framework is ideally suited for regional public sector organisations such as councils, health, housing associations, education as well as blue light services. For many of these, the only option, until recently, was to use the national PSN framework with its inherent bias for central government contracts and suppliers. This new framework will provide a route to faster procurement and more economical services from more regionally focussed suppliers, bridging the gap for regional public sector procurement.” 

 

About MLL Telecom

MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. MLL Telecom has more than 3000 microwave radio links nationwide and customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media Business, Azzurri, East Sussex County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council. For additional information, please visit www.mlltelecom.com. Follow MLL Telecom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mll_telecom

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MLL Telecom, one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks, has today announced that it has been awarded the CESG Assured Service certification for telecoms in light of the work it is carrying out as part of the HMG Public Services Network (PSN) initiative. MLL Telecom is one of a handful of companies (50-100 people) in the UK that has been awarded this CAS (T) certification.

The certification was awarded with regards to the operation and management of the Next Generation Network (‘NGN’) commissioned by Customer Service Direct - a joint venture between BT and Suffolk County Council. The Next Generation Network consists of a core MPLS network, DSLAM access network in unbundled exchanges and an extensive router access layer, connected with LLU and Openreach Ethernet products.

The awarded certification acts as an assurance for both the public sector and private sector, demonstrating that MLL Telecom can design and operate a network that meets the requirements of the PSN initiative. At the same time, it enables large telecommunications companies and systems integrators to collaborate with MLL Telecom on large network projects with information security requirements up to business impact level 2-2-4 (2 for integrity, 2 for confidentiality and 4 for availability), for the transmission of UNCLASSIFIED and PROTECT data. Moreover, the certification will also allow customers to build smaller and/or specialised networks that are not procured through the PSN framework but that will be capable of connecting to a PSN in the future.

The scheme builds upon the MLL Telecom Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification to ISO 27001, with additional specific guidance as defined and maintained by CESG. The scheme is currently designed for telecoms services, although it may be applicable to other Information Communication and Technology (ICT) services in the future.

Simon Banks, Director, Service Development and acting CISO, MLL Telecom commented: “This certification is testament to the work we have been doing and are continuing to carry out with public sector organisations across the UK. It is a foundation stone of our complete portfolio of telecommunications service capabilities, enabling us to provide a truly integrated and secure service proposition. The CAS (T) certification will enable us to get involved in more projects, delivering specialised networking services that meet the increasing need for efficient connectivity across different regions of the UK.”

 

About MLL Telecom

MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. MLL Telecom has more than 3000 microwave radio links nationwide and customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media Business, Azzurri, East Sussex County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council.  For additional information, please visitwww.mlltelecom.com. Follow MLL Telecom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mll_telecom

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Rocket Communications
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MLL Telecom,  one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks, will be looking to provide a radio backhaul link using white space spectrum to enable Internet access to visitors at the Electromagnetic Wave event in London this Sunday, 5th May. For this occasion, MLL Telecom has been awarded a one-day temporary license from Ofcom to trial the world’s first pop-up white space network.

Electromagnetic Wave is an event offering talks and workshops held on the 5th May 2013, on a converted East German fishing vessel moored in Canary Wharf, London. Organised by the non-profit group behind last year's Electromagnetic Field festival, the event aims to offer the opportunity to discuss and learn more about innovative technologies and science advancements in the fields of connectivity and communications, among others.

Using mobile wireless equipment from Neul, providers of innovative wireless network technologies, MLL Telecom will trial a new unlicensed public spectrum resource that uses frequencies that can send signals over long distances and through walls. Moreover, MLL Telecom will trial different technical applications at the event using the white space spectrum, including small cell backhaul, measurement of signal strength of Wi-Fi and temperature and water sensors.

Ben Ward, Network Design Engineer at MLL Telecom explained: “At MLL Telecom we continue to push boundaries with innovative solutions and are very excited about being the first to trial white space spectrum in such an unusual scenario. The experience will allow us to further understand the potential of white space and harness it to service the Internet of Things and Smart Cities, as well as its use for rural broadband. We strive to continue to use innovative solutions to solve connectivity issues and provide flexible, efficient networks throughout the UK.”

Paul Egan, Vice-president of Business Development at Neul said: “It is a great opportunity to be able to work with MLL Telecom on this ground breaking initiative that reflects how the UK is in a leading position to make white space a reality. We are also very grateful to OFCOM for enabling us to participate in the event by providing the licensing.”

 

About MLL Telecom

MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. MLL Telecom has more than 3000 microwave radio links nationwide and customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media Business, Azzurri, East Sussex County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council. For additional information, please visit www.mlltelecom.com. Follow MLL Telecom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mll_telecom

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