SSE Enterprise Telecoms invests in ‘dark fibre-like’ network with Infinera

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SSE Enterprise Telecoms has made what it calls its biggest network technology investment to date in the introduction of a new technology platform with Infinera, deploying its XTM Series to deliver low latency, flexibility and improved scalability.

The move, says the provider, is designed to offer a resilient, ‘dark fibre-like’ network on a scale ‘never seen before’ in the UK and comes in the wake of the challenge against dark fibre access in July 2017, which left a gap for high capacity connectivity nationwide. The scale enables it to offer multiple services with speeds of up to 100Gb/s to each BT exchange and bring connectivity to more than 80 commercial data centres.

Conrad Mallon, chief technical architect at SSE Enterprise Telecoms says that the company chose to work with Infinera because of its ‘unique approach to layer 1 and 2 connectivity’. A network project on this scale, said Mallon ‘makes us one of the few providers that can offer multiples of 100Gb/s services between exchanges, commercial data centres and across our core, at an accessible price point. The network expansion deal is also paving the way for our ambitious roadmap which will see SSE Enterprise Telecoms investing more in network reach over the next five years.’

Added Nick Walden, SVP, EMEA at Infinera says: ‘The UK market has never been more dynamic, now facing exponential bandwidth growth coupled with a renewed focus on connectivity services from both enterprises and carriers due to the recent DFA activities. Infinera is delighted to partner with SSE Enterprise Telecoms on this significant project to rapidly scale network capacity and service differentiation for its customers.’

The Infinera XT-3300 and FlexILS have also recently deployed by international network service provider RETN to scale network capacity for its large international wholesale and enterprise customer base (see RETN selects Infinera XT-3300 to scale capacity for international network).

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