Pinacl Solutions



University of Leicester

University of Leicester achieve ROI in just 18 months from new Dark Fibre Network on a 30 year service. Pinacl designed and implemented a Dark Fibre network consisting of over 300km of G.652 singlemode fibre. The time taken to install the network from receiving the purchase order through to completion and handover was just 9 weeks.

Pinacl Solutions designed a resilient Dark Fibre ring connecting the University’s two data centres and twenty one outlying buildings using G.652 singlemode fibre cable, providing the University with the freedom to connect whatever communications equipment they want, at the bandwidth they require.

To minimise disruption across the City, 20% of the overall network build was completed using directional drilling. This resulted in a much lower environmental impact on the City, reducing the need for traditional civils work and the associated traffic management.

Following completion of the Dark Fibre network, Leicester University now benefit from access to highly resilient and near ‘limitless’ bandwidth. This supports the day to day University network traffic as well as any demanding research and development project data traffic between the connected buildings.

Leicester University gained a Return on Investment (ROI) for the Dark Fibre network in just 18 months meaning the University will now realise continuous savings for the remainder of the fibre network life (typically 30 years plus).

We were surprised by the speed and quality of the installation, which enabled the University to be able to connect up buildings earlier in the programme. This was especially welcome when we experienced a fault on the existing leased line circuit as we were able to simply switch the failed circuit over to the Dark Fibre network
Lee Robinson, Manager of Data & Voice Network, Leicester University