Alternative future-proofs Virtual1’s networks


Virtual1’s strong growth prompted a core network upgrade to meet the increasing demand. They needed a solution that would make it easy to scale as demand increased and designed to be ‘future proof’. They also wanted to be able to offer their customers a better service by substantially reducing the lead times it took to bring new customers online and reduce the time to bill.

Designed with Virtual1

Virtual1 needed a reliable partner who had experience with scalable, resilient Juniper MX solutions and a top tier relationship with Juniper. Using in-house senior JNCIE architects, Alternative designed a solution with Virtual1 to ensure the successful deployment of the MX core for Virtual1’s original London network. This vast expansion project included dedicated dark fibre encompassing over 50 PoP’s and data centres; resulting in a resilient, flexible, state-of-the-art network infrastructure that allows Virtual1 to satisfy the requirements of customers today and remain agile.

Business outcome

  • With the new solution, Virtual1 can now offer their clients choice and the most competitive fixed London pricing on 100Mbps, 500Mbps and 1Gbps services.
  • The network now uses over 100 Juniper routers, switches and hundreds of kilometers of dark fibre allowing future scale to over 100Gbps.
  • There are now 1200 cabinets, 2000 Gb ports with 15 Tbps of throughput on the network.
  • Alternative used streamlined logistics handling and advanced forecasting to swiftly bring new customers online and reduce the time to bill.

We are delighted to be working with a safe pair of hands in Alternative Networks, to provide future proof Ethernet solutions, from internet only or encompassing the SIP Exchange service, to bespoke MPLS and VPLS networks.”

Tom O’Hagan, Managing Director, Virtual1


Virtual1 is an award-winning network operator, harbouring one of the widest network footprints available with interconnects in 230 countries and territories worldwide. They are able to offer their customers in the UK multiple access methods and speeds, delivering truly tailored connectivity and cloud solutions exclusively to the wholesale marketplace. This is all made possible by seamless interconnections into Virtual1’s own resilient Juniper network core, delivered in conjunctions with Alternative Networks.

Automating and Orchestrating the Network

Serving as the foundation for cloud computing and virtualization, datacenter networks will need to evolve more quickly and become better aligned with other IT resources if they are to support virtualized application workloads and the larger objective of IT-driven business transformation.