Jisc to boost internet connectivity with GTT

21 August 2017

Jisc’s Tim Kidd says GTT provides “comprehensive global network reach”.

Jisc’s Tim Kidd says GTT provides “comprehensive global network reach”.

GTT Communications will deliver high-speed internet services to the UK research and education network, Janet.

The company says its “resilient” internet connectivity solution for Jisc “guarantees” ultra-high network availability, interconnecting via three geographically separated points of presence. 

Janet supports around 18 million students, researchers and academics in the UK. Under the initial service agreement, GTT will provide up to 120Gbps of internet capacity with the opportunity for further upgrades as user demand increases. 

The Janet network is also the UK operator for eduroam, the international roaming service for the education community that supports more than 70 million users globally.

“GTT is an ideal partner for Jisc, providing us with the comprehensive global network reach, scalability and flexibility that we require as we grow,” says Tim Kidd, executive director, Jisc technologies. 

US-based GTT delivers internet services over a Tier 1 worldwide IP backbone which it claims is ranked in the global top five, and says it has more than 300 points of presence. 

Over the last few months, it has been continuing to expand with various multi-million dollar company acquisitions such as network connectivity solutions provider Global Capacity, high-speed network connectivity specialist Perseus, and Hibernia Networks which was bought in a $590m deal last November.