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SSE Telecoms Expands Fibre Optic Network in Big UK Towns and Cities

Thursday, November 28th, 2013 (2:12 pm) - Score 3,519
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Network infrastructure developer SSE Telecoms has launched ‘Project Edge’, which will expand the reach of their up to 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) per customer capable “enterprise-class” fibre optic network to 54 new Points of Presence (PoPs) in most of the United Kingdom’s busiest towns and cities.

So far 25 POPs have already been added in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Swindon, Bracknell, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Maidenhead, Weybridge, Windsor, Crawley, Nottingham, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Croydon, Hayes, Hemel Hempstead, Isleworth, Uxbridge, Watford, Luton, Stevenage, Liverpool and Glasgow as part of Phase 1.

The second phase will, over the next three months, expand this to include another 29 PoPs in locations such as across Central London and in the Thames Valley. Once complete SSE Telecoms will have expanded the reach of its UK fibre network to more than 13,700km with a total of 234 PoPs. This will serve around 200,000 metropolitan business district postcodes with “direct fibre services“.

Chris Jagusz, MD of SSE Telecoms, said:

Project Edge signals our ongoing dedication to making a significant investment in our network in order to ensure that we continue to deliver first-class services to our new and existing business customers nationwide.

By significantly extending our geographical coverage into the UK’s most vibrant business hubs, and by delivering innovative services at cost-effective prices, this development will enable us to service a greater number of enterprises that have zero tolerance to risk or service outages.”

The move will also put SSE into more direct competition with major national operators, such as BT and Virgin Media, although at present there seems to be plenty of space for everybody to grow.

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Sledgehammer says:

    Wales looks a bit barren, wonder when they will get round to providing a service there?

  2. Avatar Spilt Milk says:

    Anyone know of ISPs using their network?

    1. Avatar Michael says:

      JANET6, the latest incarnation of the UK’s national research and education network, was recently completed, and uses SSET fibre and Ciena optical equipment to deliver a network backbone running at 100Gbps.

      For more details see http://www.ja.net/janet6

  3. Avatar Simon says:

    Hi Spilt Milk, Fluidata provide SSE services (To Business) as part of our Service Exchange Platform. There is also talk of having some 10Gb/s Waves capable of being installed within weeks in the new year with SSE.

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