IDE Group provide Bournemouth Hilton with future proof Connectivity
With constantly increasing tourist visitors, a premier league football team, a top University and its new status as the UKs fastest growing digital economy, its no wonder that Hilton, one of the worlds largest hotel & resort brands, decided to invest more than £60m on a brand new development in Bournemouth.
THAT Group researched the traditional Internet Service Providers prioritising how quickly, cost-effectively and future-proofed the solution could be. In addition, Hilton needed to protect its brands premium status and look after hundreds of thousands of holiday and business guests occupying their uniquely designed suites, boardrooms, restaurant and Sky Bar.
IDE Group were able to meet THAT Group’s criteria, by delivering a unique, dedicated and bespoke solution connecting the hotels directly with its high performance data centre located nearby. IDE Group were quickly enlisted to deliver this large-scale fibre project which included numerous planning meetings and the design of a tailor made underground fibre optic network topology.
IDE Group were able to think creatively and utilise pre-existing arrangements with partners from over a decade in the industry to control construction costs, this was done by combining new fibre digs with existing ducting to cover the 3000m distance from its Bournemouth Data Centre, directly to
IDE Group’s provisioning team expertly managed road closures whilst ensuring traffic was able to re-route and pedestrians and shop owners alike had suitable access. All logistical and network arrangements had to be completed at specific times to ensure deployment progress was on track and would meet the completion date required for the anticipated Hilton launch.
With two launch dates provided, Hampton by Hilton in the spring and the larger Hilton a few months later, IDE Group had to be flexible enough to rapidly connect Hampton by Hilton with wireless access early in the project, before completing the civil engineering required to light the large capacity fibre connection for the entire site.
IDE Group completed the complex fibre dig as planned, installing dedicated equipment within their privately owned data centre to terminate the new links and connect them directly to the internet, with the project taking three months to complete in time for the press launch.
Today, the Hilton and Hampton by Hilton have the capability to easily connect 10Gb or more of capacity directly into to building, making it truly future proofed and able to compete with any location on connectivity. IDE Group’s fibre footprint has also been expanded and many other businesses on this new fibre route now have the option for private fibre Leased Lines to increase their business potential in Bournemouth.
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