SSE Telecoms adds 54 new PoPs in major UK network expansion

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Data centre and network provider SSE Telecoms has added another 25 points of presence (PoPs) to its national infrastructure as part of an expansion that will see a further 29 come online in the next three months.

Dubbed 'Project Edge', the firm's 13,700 km fibre network will have grown to a total of 234 PoPs covering 200,000 businesses, predominantly in cities and large towns across mainland UK.

New locations will range from Bath and Bristol at one end of the country to Liverpool and Glasgow further north. Other PoPs will cover the lucrative economic core of London and the Thames Valley, the firm said.

"By significantly extending our geographical coverage into the UK's most vibrant business hubs, and by delivering innovative services at cost-effective prices, this development will enable us to service a greater number of enterprises that have zero tolerance to risk or service outages," said SSE Telecoms' managing director, Chris Jagusz.

"With more to come from Project Edge, including a focus on inter data centre connectivity, we are fully committed to ensuring the integrity of the services we offer and in continuing to inspire confidence in organisations that rely on our high bandwidth, high availability connectivity."

SSE Telecoms can trace its history back to Neos Networks, a late 1990's startup bought by energy giant SSE (then Scottish and Southern Energy) in 2004. It has been expanding its Carrier Ethernet and optical network ever since, mainly through acquisition.

These days, SSE Telecoms' most famous customer is probably the UK university and research backbone, Janet, which coincidentally this week announced its own expansion in the form of the 8.8 Terabit Janet6. Others include Thomson Reuters and energy firm E.ON as well as its parent SSE.

The company remains relatively unknown, mainly because it sells 'invisible' capacity to better-known ISPs and service providers; the latest strategy appears to be to cement new business and establish more brand recognition in the tough enterprise sector.

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