Code-named Operation Interflex, this initiative represents the UK Armed Forces' extensive training scheme, preparing over 37,000 Ukrainian recruits to counter their Russian adversaries. The magnitude and urgency of this operation posed numerous challenges, primarily ensuring robust, scalable, and enterprise-level communications, even in the UK's most remote locations, with many of them often statically located in very rural areas.
Given the rapid deployment required - sometimes in under a week - and the absence of pre-existing communications infrastructure for such a critical operation, UK Strategic Command entrusted UK Connect. Well known by Defence for their proficiency in supplying high bandwidth, mission-critical communications, and having showcased similar expertise during the COVID pandemic, UK Connect promptly rose to the challenge.
In a concerted effort with UK Strategic Command, Landmarc, Defence Digital and The Defence Infrastructure Organisation, UK Connect swiftly implemented WAN, LAN and Security solutions. The advanced technological suite encompassed 5GFWA, Private Cellular, Leo Satellite, mmWave Telegraph and Wi-Fi.
Complicating matters was a global chipset shortage and pressure to deliver rapidly, taking an entire camp from zero connectivity to over a Gig with 100% site-wide Wi-Fi in under a week for more than 500 users, in some instances. As a result, the project required innovative strategies to deliver at pace and scale, such as chartering a flight to securely deliver hardware from the US, working closely with our partner Landmarc, and ensuring our vendors provided dedicated support teams.
Today, UK Connect remains pivotal in offering essential connectivity to Defence, facilitating access to mission-critical training applications and welfare services.
"This award reflects the unwavering dedication and expertise of the UK Connect team. I also want to thank our vendors and partners, especially Cradlepoint, Landmarc, and Strategic Command. Operation Interflex, with its critical demands, underscored our ability to deliver under stringent conditions. As a former soldier, I fully grasp the importance of our contributions. We're not merely a connectivity solutions provider but a dependable ally for UK Defence."
This accolade further solidifies UK Connect's reputation as a trusted provider of secure wireless connectivity solutions. It’s opened avenues for future collaborations and growth domestically and globally. Additionally, the success of Operation Interflex has greatly invigorated UK Connect's team, fostering a sense of pride, purpose and accomplishment.
For more information about UK Connect and its groundbreaking work on Operation Interflex, please visit www.ukconnect.com.
Established in January 2013, UK Connect has become the UK's leading advanced wireless connectivity solutions provider, predominantly serving the construction industry. The company has connected over 5,500 sites globally with its advanced Wireless 5GFWA, Private Cellular Networks and LeoSat Solutions. UK Connect's success is built on a foundation of a Connectivity guarantee, 10 years of dependability, proactive 24/7 Support and the utilisation of Cutting-edge Technology. Discover how our comprehensive Connectivity solutions can elevate your business at www.ukconnect.com.
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