A 15-year agreement has been reached between UK service provider SSE Enterprise Telecoms and alternative network provider CityFibre for the purchase of dark fibre capacity over the latter’s recently acquired long-distance network.
Establishing a new trading relationship between the two organisations, the agreement has secured capacity along a 48-km stretch of network between Reading and Slough, providing SSE Enterprise Telecoms with access to significant additional fibre capacity.
CityFibre recently expanded nationally through the acquisition of KCOM Group’s national fibre and duct network assets, and this latest deal with SSE Enterprise Telecoms is the first transaction related to the newly created long-distance network. Details of the expansion were reported here: CityFibre expands nationally with KCOM network purchase.
Colin Sempill, managing director of SSE Enterprise Telecoms, commented: ‘It is encouraging to see the breadth of fibre assets available both regionally and nationally from CityFibre. We look forward to a long-term, mutually rewarding relationship as each of our businesses continues to grow rapidly.’
Rob Hamlin, commercial director at CityFibre added that CityFibre is able to deliver end-to-end wholesale dark fibre connectivity to service providers, data centres and mobile operators, and that the company now represents a compelling proposition on the long-haul UK fibre market.