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SSE Telecoms Select Zayo Group for London Dark Fibre Network

Network to connect 22 PoPs by Q2 2014

Zayo Group, the global bandwidth infrastructure provider, today announced that it has won a contract to install a Point of Presence (PoP) network for SSE Telecoms, the network infrastructure and data centre service provider arm of the SSE Group. Zayo has designed and will provision the London dark fibre backhaul network for SSE Telecoms, which will connect 21 BT phone and Ethernet exchange points in London and a further exchange serving the Slough area.

The contract supports SSE Telecoms’ plan to extend its network coverage to all major business conurbations across the UK. This programme, known as ‘Project Edge’, will see SSE Telecoms deploy its own high capacity PoPs in 54 additional central business districts, serving almost an additional 106,000 business postcode areas with high bandwidth fibre connectivity.

SSE Telecoms already operates its own fibre network in London, but this new contract will enable it to leverage Zayo’s additional fibre reach, as well as Zayo’s ability to design and build large scale fibre networks, in order to offer high capacity connectivity services to a greater number of London-based businesses.  Services in the London area will go live in Q2 2014.

“We selected Zayo for their experience in rapidly deploying networks.  This specialisation in dark fibre gave us confidence in their ability to meet both our technical and commercial requirements,” said Chris Jagusz, Managing Director of SSE Telecoms.

“The reach of our London network and ability to rapidly expand to new locations for our customers is the foundation of our Bandwidth Infrastructure business,” said Alastair Kane, Zayo’s European vice-president. “The expanded network meets SSE Telecoms’ requirements as well as provides an opportunity to offer additional services to our base of customers.”

The extension of Zayo’s network into these 22 BT exchanges provides significant diverse connectivity, both between exchanges and to key data centres and traffic exchanges.  This expansion brings Zayo’s coverage to 22 BT exchanges and 43 data centres as part of its 499 building footprint in London.  London is one of 297 markets served globally by Zayo’s fibre network.

 

About Zayo

Based in Boulder, Colo., privately owned Zayo Group (www.zayo.com) is an international provider of fibre-based Bandwidth Infrastructure services and carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection services. Zayo serves wireline and wireless carriers, data centres, Internet content and services companies, high bandwidth enterprises, and federal, state and local government agencies. Zayo provides these services over metro, national, international and fibre-to-the-tower networks. With its acquisitions of USCarrier, FiberGate and AboveNet, Zayo’s network includes 75,954 route miles, spanning 45 states in the US as well as major cities in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands.  Its network serves approximately 14,001 on-net buildings, including 602 data centres, 586 carrier PoPs, and 3,469 cell towers. Zayo’s colocation assets include 175,036 billable square feet of interconnect-focused colocation space.

 

About SSE Telecoms

SSE Telecoms provides class-leading connectivity and data centre services that deliver cost efficiency and a competitive edge.
The company operates a 13,700km private telecoms network and an estate of 17 data centres that span the UK.  With its extensive telecoms and data centre operational expertise it offers commercial security with unrivalled in-house engineering resources.
With a passionate and conscientious team, as well as the backing of the SSE Group, it continues to invest in the future of its customers, staff, services, and infrastructure.
For further information, please visit: http://www.ssetelecoms.com/

 

SSE Telecoms Media Contacts:

Charlotte Martin/Fiona Rush
Johnson King
+44 (0)20 7401 7968
SSETelecoms@johnsonking.co.uk

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