SSE Enterprise Telecoms has announced the second phase of a project which will add additional capacity to its existing UK-wide fibre network.
The network provider has also revealed a 250 per cent increase in Ethernet orders in the last year despite challenging market conditions.
Phase two of Project Edge builds on the success of the original Project Edge network expansion in 2013. This first phase made SSE Enterprise Telecoms a more compelling proposition for service providers which require reliable connectivity to multiple locations up and down the country. In addition, by interconnecting with other leading fibre network service providers in the UK as part of Edge Plus, SSE Enterprise Telecoms initiated full UK-wide coverage.
Phase two adds 50,000 prime city centre business postcodes to the 200,000 introduced in the first phase. Edge 2 enables customers to purchase additional Ethernet services directly. In doing so, customers benefit from SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ reputable delivery service wrap and highly resilient, extensive national network.
In the first quarter of 2015 service provider revenues from the global Ethernet market grew by just 1.4 per cent year-on-year. Despite this, SSE Enterprise Telecoms experienced a 250 per cent increase in orders of its Ethernet services in the last 12 months, largely due to its investment in Project Edge and the Edge Plus services. That demand has indicated a clear need for broader connectivity and better service wraps.
Colin Sempill, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise Telecoms, said: “Our most recent network expansion initiatives have focused on adding 31 commercial data centres in London and Manchester. Edge 2 will see us invest once again in national Ethernet services, to meet the clear demand for high quality Ethernet connectivity across the nation revealed by Edge 1. By extending our core network capability to an additional 33 exchanges as part of Edge 2, our customers will now have even greater access to our high quality Ethernet and unique service.”
SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ diverse Ethernet customer base includes SGN, Marston’s Telecoms, Azzurri, HighNet and the University of Law.
This latest network investment will see SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ fibre network extend to 33 BT exchanges in Aberdeen Denburn, Aylesbury, Birmingham Midland, Bolton, Bradford, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Colchester, Darlington, Doncaster, Edinburgh Waverly, Farnborough, Glasgow Douglas, Gloucester, Harrogate, High Wycombe, Inverness, Ipswich, Leicester Montford, Lincoln, Loughborough, Maidstone, Newcastle, Norwich, Oldham, Oxford, Peterborough, Rochdale, Sheffield Attercliffe, Sheffield, Stockton, Wokingham and York.