SSE Telecoms adds 54 new PoPs in major UK network expansion

Data centre dreams

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.

Join the CSO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags telecommunicationCarrierssecurityData CentreSSE Telecomsbroadband

More about CarrierReuters AustraliaThomsonThomson Reuters

Show Comments

Featured Whitepapers

Editor's Recommendations

Solution Centres

Stories by John E Dunn

Latest Videos

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Will your data protection strategy be enough when disaster strikes?

    Speakers: - Paul O’Connor, Engagement leader - Performance Audit Group, Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) - Nigel Phair, Managing Director, Centre for Internet Safety - Joshua Stenhouse, Technical Evangelist, Zerto - Anthony Caruana, CSO MC & Moderator

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: The Human Factor - Your people are your biggest security weakness

    ​Speakers: David Lacey, Researcher and former CISO Royal Mail David Turner - Global Risk Management Expert Mark Guntrip - Group Manager, Email Protection, Proofpoint

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Current ransomware defences are failing – but machine learning can drive a more proactive solution

    Speakers • Ty Miller, Director, Threat Intelligence • Mark Gregory, Leader, Network Engineering Research Group, RMIT • Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent (USA) • Andy Solterbeck, VP Asia Pacific, Cylance • David Braue, CSO MC/Moderator What to expect: ​Hear from industry experts on the local and global ransomware threat landscape. Explore a new approach to dealing with ransomware using machine-learning techniques and by thinking about the problem in a fundamentally different way. Apply techniques for gathering insight into ransomware behaviour and find out what elements must go into a truly effective ransomware defence. Get a first-hand look at how ransomware actually works in practice, and how machine-learning techniques can pick up on its activities long before your employees do.

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Get real about metadata to avoid a false sense of security

    Speakers: • Anthony Caruana – CSO MC and moderator • Ian Farquhar, Worldwide Virtual Security Team Lead, Gigamon • John Lindsay, Former CTO, iiNet • Skeeve Stevens, Futurist, Future Sumo • David Vaile - Vice chair of APF, Co-Convenor of the Cyberspace Law And Policy Community, UNSW Law Faculty This webinar covers: - A 101 on metadata - what it is and how to use it - Insight into a typical attack, what happens and what we would find when looking into the metadata - How to collect metadata, use this to detect attacks and get greater insight into how you can use this to protect your organisation - Learn how much raw data and metadata to retain and how long for - Get a reality check on how you're using your metadata and if this is enough to secure your organisation

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them Featuring: • John Baird, Director of Global Technology Production, Deutsche Bank • Samantha Macleod, GM Cyber Security, ME Bank • Sherrod DeGrippo, Director of Emerging Threats, Proofpoint (USA)

    Play Video

More videos

Blog Posts

Market Place