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Connectivity and datacentre services provider SSE Enterprise Telecoms has embarked on the second phase of its Project Edge network expansion plan, adding 33 BT exchanges to its 13,700km, 232 point of presence (PoP) fibre network, covering 50,000 city centre business postcodes.
The second stage of the plan follows the deployment of 54 exchange PoPs over the past two years – Edge 1 – which has spurred sales of SSE’s Ethernet services to growth of over 250% since then. This has far outpaced global growth, according to Gartner and IDC.
The firm said this indicated a clear need for broader connectivity and better service wraps.
It will now enable SSE customers to buy additional Ethernet services directly, benefiting from a delivery service wrap and highly resilient national network.
“Our most recent network expansion initiatives have focused on adding 31 commercial datacentres, in London and Manchester, that can deliver 1GbE and 10GbE waves in a week” said Colin Sempill, managing director of SSE Enterprise Telecoms.
“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 best-of-breed service.”
The Edge 2 investment will address a number of BT exchanges at 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.