Scotland’s digital infrastructure boosted with next generation connectivity from SSE Enterprise Telecoms

High capacity 100Gbps connectivity services delivered into DataVita data centre set to futureproof Scotland’s businesses and public sector organisations

LONDON, UK, 17 December 2020 – SSE Enterprise Telecoms, one of the UK’s leading connectivity providers, today announces that Scotland’s digital capabilities have received a significant boost with the delivery of critical, high capacity network infrastructure into the DataVita data centre, Scotland’s only purpose-built hyper-secure tier 3 facility.

As a provider of diverse connectivity directly into DataVita, SSE Enterprise Telecoms is able to offer separate routes for the network into the data centre and public infrastructure, to maximise bandwidth, minimise latency and deliver optimum service levels. The project will help deliver speeds of 100 gigabytes per second (Gbps) to Scottish businesses and public sector organisations, enabling them to benefit from the next generation of high speed connectivity.

With its new network infrastructure, the DataVita data centre will support the deployment of 5G networks, which will underpin the roll out and adoption of technologies such as Cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And with the connectivity provider’s UK-wide network, Scotland’s businesses will no longer have the region’s connectivity limited by geographical constraints. Better access to these digital services will particularly support the manufacturing, finance, and public sectors, as well as the Scottish economy.

Managing Director, Wholesale at SSE Enterprise Telecoms, Sarah Mills, said: “Increasingly, we’re seeing social impact as the driving force behind enterprise connectivity. This is not merely a functional deployment to keep businesses ticking along, but a project that will help to drive Scotland’s digital economy and open up new possibilities for the public.

The importance of digital has been highlighted of late. Our reliance on connectivity is rising greatly. If we are to futureproof Scotland’s economy, it’s critical that the infrastructure to support 5G and IoT is in place. We cannot afford to let connectivity be the obstacle for the great companies and institutions we rely upon, when they strive for better.”

Danny Quinn, Managing Director at DataVita, added: “Digital connectivity has never been more important, given the situation we find ourselves in today. The addition of this infrastructure is a substantial upgrade to what we have available in Scotland and will support continued working from home and the development of new industries that rely on access to high levels of connectivity, as well as helping to underpin the greater adoption of technologies and trends such as IoT and smart cities.”

The new infrastructure directly connects DataVita to SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ more than 20,000km UK-wide network. As a result, Scotland’s businesses will have easy access to next generation connectivity and Service Providers and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) will have access to a more expansive network when rolling out connectivity and 5G services.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms designed and managed the entire 100Gbps connectivity project, from design stage to full data deployment.”

James King, Chairman of Host in Scotland, a Scottish Futures Trust initiative to represent and promote the interests of the Scottish data centre sector industry said: “We welcome this important development in strengthening connectivity and capacity in Scotland, and the investment by SSE Enterprise Telecoms into DataVita demonstrates the capability of Scottish data centres to satisfy ever-growing demand for digital services. The ability for Scottish-based providers to attract and deliver high quality, secure, low carbon data storage is of critical importance to the growth of this sector and of the economy, and we are keen to work with others to further develop this space.”

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