- Sector: Telecommunications
- Region: Scotland
Growing the network
Edinburgh-based Commsworld is one of the UK’s largest telecommunications network providers, offering cloud, security and voice solutions. It manages the largest privately-funded optical core network in the UK.
“We have built an enviable, and some would say unique, reputation for delivering highly complex digital infrastructures and unified communications to some of the largest and most high-profile organisations across the UK,” says CEO Ricky Nicol.
A significant milestone in Commsworld’s development came in 2012 when it acquired specialist communications company Fluency Communications. This enabled the company to build a next-generation network from scratch, which in turn helped it to win three of the largest public-sector wide area network (WAN) and internet protocol (IP) telephony contracts in the UK. Further recognition came in 2020 when Commsworld was ranked 27th in the list of the top 50 privately-owned technology companies in the UK at the Megabuyte50 Awards.
"The telecommunications market needs to embrace the phasing-out of copper-based technologies and the rapid growth in data consumption, as well as an increasing reliance on cloud and hosted services. All of this brings exciting new opportunities for Commsworld,” says Ricky. Operating from four locations with a workforce of 110, which includes recognised industry specialists, the company is now planning to penetrate further into the public and enterprise sectors, with a focus on growing its client base in England.
"We’ve built our own carrier-grade network with UK and international reach, delivering highly complex and critical digital infrastructures. We can now genuinely compete on a level playing field, which is important at an enterprise level,"explains Ricky, who is an evangelist for the value of networked communications and the potential for deploying full fibre networks across the whole of the UK. “The economic and social benefits are immense."