SSE, Telent partner for UK coastguard remote radio network

Created January 12, 2021
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Connectivity provider SSE Enterprise Telecoms, has partnered with network services company Telent, to connect the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) remote radio sites. Operating remote sites across the length and breadth of the UK, the MCA is in charge of public safety around the nation’s coastline and out at sea. Many of MCA’s coastguard radio sites located in remote, hard to access locations, finding appropriate network services that would ensure always available connectivity posed a challenge.

The project will see SSE Enterprise Telecoms connect four data centres and utilise its existing footprint to deploy a resilient Ethernet network directly into 165 of the MCA’s remote radio sites located around the UK coastline, supporting Telent to keep them online 24/7, 365 days a year.

The announcement comes during a period of significant network expansion for SSE Enterprise Telecoms, with the company having recently announced plans to double its network reach, with over 550 BT exchanges due to be unbundled and over 30,000km of fibre network available by the end of 2021. Today’s partnership news further complements this expansion programme.

Peter Asman, Divisional Director for Public Sector, at SSE Enterprise Telecoms said, “As we continue to embark on a period of rapid growth and expansion, partnering with like-minded businesses such as Telent will be key in bringing high capacity, highly resilient services to more UK organisations, keeping our critical infrastructure safe and futureproofing the UK’s digital ambitions as a result.”

Peter Moir, Managing Director of Network Services at Telent, said, “At Telent, we pride ourselves on being at the heart of critical digital infrastructure. With a deep understanding of the blue light sector, in addition to our experience in delivering critical communications networks, we’re pleased to partner with SSE Enterprise Telecoms to support the MCA with always-on, best-in-class connectivity.”

In August 2020, Telent announced that it was to build and maintain a new radio network for HM Coastguard, in the process replacing the existing copper network with fibre-based solutions.

For more informatio9n, visit www.https://telent.com

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.