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Critical infrastructure deployed in Tyne & Wear to support covid blue light service

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SSE Enterprise Telecoms is collaborating with long-term provider partner, NYnet to support the infrastructure development of an NHS Extended Access Hub in North Shields, Tyne and Wear in the UK. 

The hub was established to help medical staff support Covid-19 patients that were not deemed as requiring urgent hospital care, but still needed treatment in a secure facility. For this, robust, resilient and reliable connectivity was essential. It was agreed that Ethernet would be the best solution.

Having worked with SSE Enterprise Telecoms for a number of years, NYnet contacted its provisioning team to acquire the technology, highlighting the importance of quick delivery of this service to support the Covid-19 response. Given the project’s critical importance, timings as much as possible, and delivery of the circuit was completed in eight working days. To put it into context, a typical timeline can be between 40 and 60 days. Once the circuit was deployed, NYnet was able to quickly install a router and connect the site to the Health & Social Care Network (HSCN).

Zoe Oxley, senior project and deployment manager at NYnet said: ‘The Extended Access Hub is a critical component in the North East’s fight against Covid-19. As soon as the medical team reached out to us for connectivity support, we understood the importance of procuring and delivering a reliable connectivity solution as quickly as possible. This well managed, smooth process is a great display of how the industry can support our front-line key workers, should we all pull together.’

Added Simon Willmott, sector director for service provider at SSE Enterprise Telecoms: ‘We are living in challenging times, where the reliance on our blue light services has never been so great. The successful completion of this deployment has been a real team effort and is a testament to the commitment of businesses across the sector in coming together during the pandemic to make sure the lives of those on the front line, and their patients, are a little bit easier.’

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