Wholesale and Network Partners

Introduction

Quickline Networks are responsible for the construction and maintenance of the Quickline Backbone Network - the fixed wireless and fibre that connects the communications providers that in turn supply homes and businesses. Our customers are these communications providers who rely on us to deliver the backbone services that households and businesses buy from them. We would not normally visit customers’ homes and businesses to carry out installations or repair work, this would be the activity of communications provider or an accredited third party. Quickline has always adopted an Open Network approach. We think that if other network owners do the same with their infrastructure and offer a range of innovative and open access wholesale products like we do, it will assist in getting super-fast broadband to all communities in the United Kingdom.

Who we work with

Quickline Networks provide Communications Providers with equal access to the local access network the fixed wireless and fibres that facilitates the connection of thousands of homes and businesses across the region. Quickline Networks only deal with Communications Providers, these are companies that provide their own customers with internet (and other services) to their home or business. As a minimum partners need to offer their own end user support and billing and would usually do their own customer premises installations. Where a prospective partner requires end user installations, billing and/or support this would be via one of the Communication Providers, such as Quickline Communications Ltd., that offer affiliate and/or white label services. End user installation can be by the Partner (depending on the partner’s level of accreditation) and/or a third party accredited installer such as Quickline Communications.

Getting set up to work with Quickline Networks

If you are a Communications Provider who would like to use Quickline Network's products and services, we will help you through the Partner Establishment process. This will involve a number of activities including regulatory and commercial requirements, product familiarisation and basic design.

Definitions

Wholesale Partner

These are partners using Active network elements. This usually take the following form;

1. Quickline Central Handover Point (QCHP). This is where the partner introduces the internet or their Wider Area Network into the Quickline Access Network. This can be done by one of the following methods;
A. Interconnect – Transparent layer 2 connection charged per 1G or 10G port.
B. Transit – Internet connection via Quickline, multiple pricing options including RIPE LIR services.
2. Quickline Local Handover Point (QLHP). This is where the partner can access a wholesale connection back to the Quickline Central Handover Point. This can be delivered onwards to partner equipment either onsite or external to the QLHP.
3. Quickline Ethernet Direct (QED). Quickline Parent and Child Handover Points are connected together with individual Quickline Ethernet Direct circuits. These provide point to point backhaul up to 1Gbs.
4. Quickline Local Access (QLA). This is where a partner requires end user connectivity an aggregation router will be required in each QLHP required, this can be provided by the partner or rented from Quickline Networks. There is no charge for individual connections to repeaters serviced from these sites, just an overall per end-user connection charge.

Network Partner

These are partners using Passive Network Elements, such as Duct Share or Mast Share.

Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) provides the ability for you to share Quickline Network's duct and mast infrastructure in our access network so that you may deploy your own next generation access networks in order to offer superfast broadband and other services to your customers. Duct sharing and pole sharing are part of the many things we are doing to support local community networks.

Duct sharing

With the duct sharing product, Quickline Networks grants a licence for you to install sub duct in our access duct within which you can install your cable.

Mast sharing

With the mast sharing product, Quickline Networks grants you a licence for you to attach and maintain equipment on our existing owned masts. Where the mast or site is not owned by Quickline you would need to apply to the landowner or site owner for your own agreement. All work must be done in compliance with specified engineering rules and health and safety standards. Orders are taken subject to assessment of space and frequency availability.

Service Unit Cost Minimum Term
QCHP Interconnect 1G Per month £400 12 Months
QCHP Interconnect 10G Per month £1000 12 Months
QHCP Transit Per 100Mbps / month £400 N/A
Consultancy and Design Services (Inc. RIPE LIR) Per Half Day £450 N/A
QED (per 100Mbs capacity) Per month £330 12 Months
QLHP Rack Space *
* switches, firewalls/UTMs & routers only
Per U of rack space / month £35 12 Months
QLA Connect Circuit Rental Per end user / month £8 N/A
Mast Share up to 60cm Per item / month £200 12 Months
Mast Share >60cm Per item / month POA
Duct Sharing Per annum / metre £0.60 12 Months

Example1

A community internet provider requires a 100mbs internet connection to his existing transmitting equipment using his own microwave equipment from a Quickline owned mast at a QLHP.

QCHP Transit (100mbs) - £400
QED (100mbs) - £330
QLHP Rack Space (for Customer Switch) - £35
Mast Share for 1 30cm dish - £200
Total - £965/month

Example2

An internet services provider wishes to serve its own customers in the Quickline Access Network coverage area serviced by 10 QLHPs and connects 1000 customers.

QCHP Interconnect (1Gbs) - £4000
QED (100mbs to 10 sites) - £3300
QLHP Rack Space (for Customer Router 10 sites) - £350
QLA Connect (1000 customers) - £8000
Total - £15,650/month = (£15.65/end user/month)