London, UK – 25th November 2015 – SSE Enterprise Telecoms – the UK’s leading provider of high availability connectivity services and part of the SSE Group – has today announced phase two of Project Edge. ‘Edge 2’ adds a further 33 BT exchanges to its existing 12,000+km, 232 Point of Presence (PoP) UK-wide fibre network. The deployment adds another 50,000 prime city centre business postcodes to the 200,000 introduced by phase one of Project Edge.
This latest initiative follows the success of the original Project Edge network expansion announced in November 2013 that saw 54 new Exchange PoPs – many of which were in London – added to the SSE Enterprise Telecoms network. With the additional PoPs and 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. This first phase of the expansion made SSE Enterprise Telecoms a more compelling Ethernet provider for service providers which require reliable connectivity to multiple locations up and down the country.
The Edge 2 initiative enables SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ 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 percent year-over-year. Despite this, SSE Enterprise Telecoms experienced a 250 percent 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.
“Our most recent network expansion initiatives have focused on adding 31 commercial data centres in London and Manchester that can deliver 1Gb and 10Gb 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 unique, best-of-breed 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.
* EY Analysis, Gartner, IDC