SSE deploys new education fibre network in UK

Created December 13, 2019
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SSE Enterprise Telecoms has been chosen by Jisc, the digital solutions provider for the UK research and education sectors, to launch the Jisc Midlands fibre network.

The brand-new network is a combination of the current Jisc East and West Midlands networks and will enable education and research facilities across the region to tap into connectivity speeds of up to 100Gbps.

The network will provide education and research facilities across the region, including the universities of Birmingham, Warwick and Nottingham, with access to higher bandwidth.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms was awarded the contract following a competitive procurement process. Jisc says it chose it as it met the key criteria of being able to design a fast and reliable network that could support required bandwidth ‘at the best value’. This is a critical need for education and research hubs in the sector as they increasingly raise their capacity requirements, with the biggest users in the region currently utilising up to 20Gbps.

A key element of the deployment is SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ ability to incorporate other service providers’ networks. As well as utilising its core network, SSE Enterprise Telecoms will ensure that Jisc receives the best possible value by using fibre from three other telecoms companies and undertaking strategic construction to achieve an optimum bespoke design, based on the most advantageous routes and not dependent upon fibre ownership.

Most recently, the two organisations announced a partnership to update and consolidate the Janet South research and education network, extending a working relationship for the continued management of this UK backbone network.

Colin Sempill, CEO of SSE Enterprise Telecoms, said: “The new network will help Midlands-based education and research centres connect and collaborate across the region and the wider UK, as well as access the internet and cloud applications. It will enable them to connect to global research centres, further driving innovation and supporting the UK’s ambition of being a leader in research and further education.”

Neil Shewry, head of delivery at Jisc, said: “Our customers need fast, reliable and resilient networks that support their high bandwidth demands. SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ ability to design a resilient network, which aligned with our price point, was a key consideration when making the decision to award the contract.”

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation