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Monday 28 July, 2008

Thus Group PLC

£12m Contract Win with Farice

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Thus Group PLC
28 July 2008




 28tJuly 2008 -THUS announces that it has signed a £12m agreement with FARICE, the operator of the underwater cabling network which links Iceland to the rest of the world, to provide it with high bandwidth network connectivity in the UK. THUS is providing 200Gbps of capacity to support the anticipated growth in Iceland's 'green' data centres and server farms that use natural geothermal and hydro-electric sources of energy.  

The agreement with THUS is part of a major initiative to globally connect Iceland to other major data centres across the world such as New YorkFrankfurtAmsterdam and LondonTHUS will initially provide two 10x10Gbpnetwork connections stretching from Dunnet Bay, in Northern Scotland, the landing station of the FARICE submarine cable, to London Telehouse. These connections will be used to carry data and internet traffic for FARICE customers, typically major multi-nationals who have elected to locate their data centres and servers in Iceland in order to take advantage of lower cost, 'green' power. 

THUS will deploy Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) solution which will not only supply the initial capacity but will have the capability to expand in the future allowing FARICE to take advantage of the full 720 Gbps of capacity available to them, as demand requires. This solution will significantly contribute to Iceland's growing reputation and technical capabilities as a primary location for global businesses to locate mission critical back office support systems, including off-shore complex web hosting services. 

Gudmundur GunnarssonChief Executive Officer at FARICE, said: "As we develop the data centre and server farm industry in Iceland, we are giving businesses with burgeoning carbon footprints and data storage costs the chance to boost their green credentials while saving them money. We are investing heavily in bandwidth connections through strategically important underwater cables and backhaul networks to capitalise on our many competitive advantages. We trust THUS to deliver future proofed network infrastructure that meets our stringent criteria for capacity, scalability and robustness using advanced, proven technologies."

Bill Allan, Chief Executive Officer at THUS plc said: "We have a long-standing relationship with FARICE dating back to 2002 when we worked with them to provide the backhaul for the first sub-sea cable since 1962 to land in Scotland and since then, we've continued to work with them as bandwidth capacity demands have grown. To put this in context, the contract we've announced today, 200 Gbps of capacity, is enough capacity to run 3million concurrent phone calls; very few providers in the UK have a network capable of supporting such high bandwidth demands. We are delighted to be supporting FARICE to deliver the network infrastructure necessary to underpin Iceland's evolution towards becoming the world's leading provider of 'green' data centres."




Owen Campbell 
Senior Product Communication Executive

THUS plc.

Tel: +44 (0) 141 566 3361 

[email protected] 


Rebecca Honeyman


Tel: +44 (0) 207 608 4628

e-mail: [email protected]



Notes to Editors


About THUS

THUS is a UK-focussed business telecommunications company boasting the UK's first next-generation network. THUS delivers innovative and effective solutions to large organisations in the fast changing communications environment. Its early implementation of MPLS IP VPN technology put it at the forefront of convergent solutions enabling it to develop the expertise that customers need today and in the future. 

Under the Demon brand, THUS also offers a full suite of advanced business communication services to small and medium-sized enterprises, ranging from broadband and MPLS to High Speed Internet and VoIP.

THUS has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2005, widely recognised as the leading benchmark for information security management systems, for the Information Security Management System supporting its MPLS-based next-generation network. In addition, THUS has maintained ISO 9001:2000, an internationally recognised standard for quality management systems for internal processes and procedures. THUS was one of the first UK telecommunications service providers to achieve full ISO 9001:2000 certification for voice, data and Internet in 2003.

THUS plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange

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FARICE hf provides owns and operates the FARICE subsea cable system linking Iceland and the Faroes with Scotland. It provides its customers with international connectivity between Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and Europe.  The FARICE cable system was installed in 2003.

FARICE Hf is 80% owned by E-FARICE which is owned by the three largest power companies in Iceland, the Icelandic State and the two largest telecom operators in Iceland. The remaining 20% is owned by Faroese shareholders. 

E-FARICE is constructing a new sub-sea cable DANICE to serve the burgeoning data centre market in Iceland by providing direct access to Western Europe via a state-of-the-art undersea fibre optic link.

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