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SSE Enterprise Telecoms Hops on Nextgenacess Full Fibre UPDATE

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 (3:23 pm) - Score 721

Business connectivity provider SSE Enterprise Telecoms (SSEET) has signed a carrier agreement to make use of a new fibre optic link from Nextgenaccess (i.e. the 60km fibre route nearing completion between Bradley Stoke in Bristol and Newport in South Wales), which will enable the UK operator to connect with a high capacity data centre.

The new fibre link is being built with the support of £22m from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund (NDIF). SSEET plans to make use of this in order to help connect their own 12,000km UK-wide network to the NGD (Next Generation Data) data centre in Wales, which should support the rising demand for high capacity data.

Nextgenacccess says it has successfully built an independent network across the UK with over 100 Points of Presence (PoPs) in 10 different local authority areas, whereby small businesses or ISPs in otherwise underserved areas can connect directly to wholesale Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) broadband at speeds of up to 10Gbps.

Mark Weller, MD of Nextgenaccess, said:

“We very pleased to be meeting SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ requirements. Nextgenaccess is able to respond more quickly than most to the growing capacity demands of carriers and mobile operators by using our DPA / PIA powers and also specialist non-road fibre expertise. We can deploy full fibre infrastructure in strategic areas of the UK more easily and be more cost-effective than our competitors.”

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UPDATE 30th October 2019

We’ve got a clarification from Nextgenaccess. The fibre route concerned is in fact a 432 Fibre system with SSEET ordering multiple fibre pairs on this system.

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8 Responses
  1. Avatar A_Builder

    Is the whole link really only 1 x 10Gb?

    Or is it multiple 10Gb fibres which seems more likely??

    • Avatar CarlT

      Hopefully neither of the above. I imagine SSE are leasing a single wavelength that’ll carry 10 Gb. Wasting fibre spans of that length by running 10 Gb per pair isn’t really a great business strategy.

    • Avatar A_Builder

      @CarlT

      Agreed but it was kind of what the article implied as it was talking about physical build!

    • Avatar Jake4

      They’re actually putting down fibre cabling. I’ve been checking on roadworks.org for the past couple of months and I saw nextgenaccess doing work 2km away from me. First I thought they must be being contracted by Openreach to install FTTP to the village it’s going through (since SouthGlos’s BDUK has installed a ton of FTTP in the area) but I guess it’s actually a new fibre link.

    • Avatar Ravid

      I work at the NGD DC it is a completely new link. I am not technical but I have been on the team that’s been dealing with the paperwork for the build, costings and other stuff – basically we deploy and pay the engineers as well as sort out the space for the new stuff within the DC. Oddly enough I also live in Bradley Stoke. I still can’t get anything past ADSL at home 😀

    • Avatar Jake4

      Ravid you may be in luck since there are 6 Postcodes in Bradleystoke that is due to get FTTP (Could be FTTC but I doubt it).

      Check here for a Map of the current Phase 3 Rollout postcodes https://map.vg/old/
      Black dot = Phase 3 rollout

  2. Avatar Jonathan

    Frankly 10Gbps even multiple 10Gbps links in 2019 is bat shit crazy. I would expect 40Gbps or even 100Gbps would be way more sensible. All my individual servers at work are 10Gbps…

    • Avatar A_Builder

      That was sort of my point at the top of the thread.

      I can’t understand who would be interested in one single 10Gb backhaul.

      There is a bit missing from this story.

      As CarlT says SSE may be taking one single frequency of 10Gb over the fibre. But how is that a news story? If that was a thing then every time anyone took a 10Gb cable link in the exchange there would be a press release.

      Maybe someone from SSE could explain as I am sure they do know what they are doing from my interactions with them a few years back……

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