Metronet (UK) acquires M247 for £47.5m

Hot news in this morning was that Manchester Datacentre and Network company have been acquired for a £47.5m consideration by Metronet (UK) through private equity firm, Livingbridge.

“Following the acquisition of M247, Metronet (UK) will be able to offer a combined portfolio of connectivity and content services including wireless network services, datacentres and managed hosting solutions across the UK and Europe. The combined business will have three datacentres, over 200 staff and EBITDA in excess of £12m.”

At Host Consult we have known and worked with M247 for many years and we are delighted that the team can now move on to an even more exciting future. Congrats to Chris, Jonathan, James, David and the rest of the team.

More information Here


1Gbs Business Class Leased Lines – now starting at under £400 per month

Have we got your attention? Excellent.

Yes, it’s true – one of our partner companies based in London are now offering 1Gbs private circuits starting from just £385/month.

Not enough? how about 10Gbs leased lines from £1265 per month?

Contact us now for more information or for a formal proposal.


C4L, Selection Services rebrand – now CORETX

Greetings! Many would have been notified this morning by Castle Street Investments that C4L and Selection Services are to be rolled into a new brand, CORETX.

CORETX isn’t however new – it’s the name that C4L’s next generation network has been branded as over the last few years.

Here’s a note from Andy Ross:

Following on from my last email I wanted to let you know we are excited to officially announce that Castle Street Investments and its recently acquired subsidiaries of C4L and Selection Services have rebranded to CORETX. Today I will be providing more detail on our company ambitions to the public and press in London at Cloud Expo, if you will be at the event, please do come and visit us on stand 431.

The name CORETX reiterates our Data Centre and Network infrastructure at the CORE of our service to you. Our connectivity to UK data centres, access to Public Cloud, our DDoS platform, flexible bandwidth and speed of deployment are the foundation blocks that enable us to deliver a variety of exceptional services to you.

I want to take this opportunity to stress that this merge of companies poses only positive opportunities for you as our Partner as we are now in a position to help increase your service offering. Our Partner Network is still one of the largest priorities for us here at CORETX and we will continue to strive for the best service for you to provide for your customers.


C4L acquired in £20.2m consideration

Hot off the press comes the news this morning that Host Consult partner company C4L have been acquired by Cable Street Investments.

Peter Rigg, Chairman of MXC said:

“It’s good to see MXC continuing to support its investee companies this way, having both originated and executed this transformative acquisition for Castle Street. The Board of Castle Street has a clear fix on the market opportunity and we have great confidence in their ability to deliver.”

We’d like to offer our firm congratulations to Matt Hawkins and the team at C4L and wish the new company all the best for the future.


Super-low 80/20 profile EoFTTC pricing

We hear of a partner company offering industry-leading EoFTTC pricing.

For the unitiated, EoFTTC (Ethernet over Fibre to the Cabinet) is essentially a superfast fibre Ethernet connection over fibre broadband infrastructure. This means it offers all the benefits of a standard FTTC connection – such as high upload and download speeds – but with the added benefits of being an Ethernet service like EFM.

Average Synchronous speeds are 15Mbs/15Mbs but with bursting to 80Mbs/20Mbs where available, whilst being wrapped-up in an industry leading SLA – something that you won’t get with a standard FTTC service.

Our partner is offering this service for just £80/month plus VAT at present – get in touch with our sales team on 020 3002 7992 for more information.


1Gbs – £250, 10Gbs, £2500 and DDoS protected transit starting from £1.50/Mbs

Good morning!

Our client has advised us that they are running a Christmas and New Year IP Transit promotion at present, which they have asked us to offer to our contacts, clients and website visitors.

Global IP Transit offer – UK and European premium IP transit blend available for a limited time only!

– Full port 1,000Mbps Global BGP @ £250
– Full port 10,0000Mps Global BGP @ £2500

Available at any of the following network POP’s:

London Telehouse North
London Telehouse East
London Telecity Sovereign House
London Telecity Harbour Exchange 6-7
London Telecity Harbour Exchange 8-9
London Telecity Meridian Gate
London City Reach / Tutis Point
Amsterdam EvoSwitch

Approximately 40% of the global routing table available via low-latency, directly peered routes with the remainder via top tier one providers, TeliaSonera and Tinet (GTT).


– 1yr contract term
– No overages (full ports only on this offer)
– Free setup (excluding cross-connects)
– Prices are +VAT where applicable


DDOS Protection – Affordable UK and European DDOS protection – 500Gbps+

– 100Mbps Global BGP @ £150
– 500Mbps Global BGP @ £750
– Full port 1,000Mbps Global BGP @ £1,500
– Full port 10,0000Mps Global BGP @ £15,000

*All services include outbound traffic

London Telehouse North
London Telehouse East
London Telecity Sovereign House
London Telecity Harbour Exchange 6-7
London Telecity Harbour Exchange 8-9
London Telecity Meridian Gate
London City Reach / Tutis Point
Amsterdam EvoSwitch

Anycast UK and European DDOS mitigation available from just £150 per month with 500Gbps protection.

Need to know any more on the above? get in touch at and we would be happy to advise and assist.


IIX acquires IX Reach

More news from IIX who had recently acquired Allegro Networks.

SANTA CLARA, CA AND LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, Apr 07, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — IIX Inc., the global software defined interconnection company, today announced that it has acquired IX Reach Limited, a global network solutions provider and number one partner to leading Internet Exchange Points around the world.

With this acquisition, the combined organizations expand their global interconnection footprint to more than 150 Points of Presence (PoP) across various regions in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The expansion will also bring the company’s software defined interconnection platform into more markets across the globe, enabling simple, secure and programmable direct network connections between content providers, cloud application providers and other enterprises.

As noted above, IIX now boasts 150 POP’s across a number of territories and the acquisition of IXReach can only strengthen their position in a very competitive market place.

For the official release more here.


Happy New Year! New Year Connectivity Promotion

We at Host Consult hope that you had a great Christmas – here’s to a prosperous New Year!

We are only five days into the new year and already we hear of an excellent connectivity promotion from one of our connectivity partners that we couldn’t not share with you.

European IP Transit offer

– Full port 1000Mbps Global BGP @ £300/€360/$500 per month
– Full port 10,0000Mps Global BGP @ £3000/€3600/$5000 per month

This is available on an extensive network at any of the following POP’s:

London Telehouse North
London Telehouse East
London Global Switch 2
London Telecity Meridian Gate
London Telecity Harbour Exchange 8-9
Manchester Ball Green 1
Manchester Ball Green 2
Manchester Telecity Kilburn House
Manchester Telecity Williams House
Manchester Telecity Reynolds House
Manchester Telecity Joule House
Manchester Telecity Synergy House
Amsterdam Telecity 2 Southeast AMS2
Amsterdam Nikhef
Frankfurt Ancotel (Equinix)
Paris Telehouse Voltaire
Prague Sitel
Brussels AXS Datahouse
Brussels Interxion
Bucharest NXData

This is a high quality transit mix – approximately 50% of routes are the connectivity providers own direct peering within Europe with the rest made up from a variety of Tier-1 transit providers.


– 1yr contract term (1 month free trial with cooling-off period. Ie, free transit for a month to make sure they’re happy with the quality, then a 12 month term starts if they don’t cancel it)
– No overages (full ports only on this offer)
– Free setup (excluding cross-connects)
– Prices are +VAT where applicable

Layer 2 Backhaul

In addition our partner can also provide Layer 2 Backhaul between any of the data-centres listed above.

Protected Layer 2 Backhaul between on-net datacentres in the same city would at £150/month for 100Meg or £350/month for gigE. Additionally, Passive 10G DWDM channels are available at £350/month too within London or Manchester.

If this fantastic offer is of interest to you then get in touch for further information.


New UK/Europe connectivity promotion

We’ve heard of a very competitive new promotion from one of our key UK and European connectivity partners who are building new POP’s in Equinix LD4/LD5 in Slough.

To celebrate the launch of the new PoP’s our partner is offering 10Gbs DWDM Waves between either site to TeleCity Harbour Exchange (HEX), Sovereign House (SOV) or InterXion London for just £500/month plus VAT, plus a one-off connection fee.

In additional our partner has some spare capacity in their Frankfurt PoP for similar prices.

These prices won’t last forever so if this is of interest then please do get in touch by e-mailing or visiting our Contact Page.


IOMart acquires ServerSpace for £4.25m

iomart also reported the acquisition of ServerSpace (post period) for a maximum consideration of £4.25 million. ServerSpace provides cloud and managed hosting as well as colocation and connectivity and was named by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK in 2012 and 2013. Customers include the Jurys Inns hotel group and Car Shop, the UK’s leading car supermarket group..

Congratulations to Tim-Pat Dufficy and all at ServerSpace!

Read more about the acquisition and IOMart’s 28% annual growth