Significant network connectivity deal extends reach to 96 per cent of UK business postcodes
LONDON, UK – 16 May 2018 – SSE Enterprise Telecoms – one of the UK’s leading connectivity providers, and part of SSE plc – today announced a connectivity partnership with Sky Business, to deliver new high-capacity Ethernet connectivity solutions to businesses across the UK. The agreement sees an expanded reach in footprint for SSE Enterprise Telecoms, enabling them to access 96 per cent of the UK’s business postcodes.
The partnership comes after a strong period of investment and growth for SSE Enterprise Telecoms – with Ethernet orders up 186 per cent since 2015 – and will result in SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Sky working together to deliver high-capacity, cost effective Ethernet to businesses up and down the country. The move by SSE Enterprise Telecoms to partner with Sky comes in response to market shifts which have encouraged the connectivity provider to seek more creative ways of providing reach and reliability to its customer base.
The partnership combines Sky’s nationwide telecoms and data network with SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ expansive network to reach in excess of 3,000 exchanges. Sky provides SSE Enterprise Telecoms with backhaul and last-mile services enabling their 200+ service provider customers to benefit from more choice and a wider reaching capability. The solution offers a highly resilient network, which includes automatic re-routing of traffic to avoid disruption.
With recent reports citing that private interconnection bandwidth is likely to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45 per cent to hit 5,000TBps by 2020, (far outpacing that of public internet) both businesses anticipate that UK enterprises will increasingly look to secure competitive deals to support this demand. The partnership connects Sky with SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ strong channel partner network, providing breadth of coverage across the UK business market while promising high-speed resilient Ethernet connectivity.
The service will also utilise SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ dedicated support team. This is a significant value-add for UK businesses, as both SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Sky are known for their industry-leading customer service and rapid delivery timescales.
In fact, SSE Enterprise Telecoms recently celebrated a maintained NPS score of 50+.
David Rey, Managing Director of Sky Business said: “We’re excited to be partnering with SSE Enterprise Telecoms who, like Sky, take customer experience very seriously. We wanted a partner who could deliver service excellence whilst leveraging the network Sky has proudly built. By joining forces, we are helping UK businesses to realise their potential as the need for bandwidth grows”.
Colin Sempill, Managing Director, SSE Enterprise Telecoms explains: “Over the next few years UK businesses will demand better core network bandwidth, and our partnership with Sky directly addresses that need. For us it’s all about giving the wholesale market clarity of choice, where it can sometimes be confusing, and the quality is not always there. With this deal we’re providing one place for businesses to source a truly market-competitive price for high-capacity bandwidth services to support their growth needs.”
About SSE Enterprise Telecoms
SSE Enterprise Telecoms provides class-leading connectivity and data centre services that deliver very high performance, cost efficiency and a competitive edge. The company operates a 13,700km private telecoms network and an estate of 15 data centres that span the UK. With its extensive telecoms and data centre operational expertise it offers commercial security with unrivalled in-house engineering resource.
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/ or the SSE Enterprise Telecoms blog: http://www.ssetelecoms.com/blog/.
About Sky Business
Sky is the leading provider of entertainment and communication services which is built on over 25 years of market transformation and innovation.
Sky Business is the business-to-business division of Sky, providing a wide variety of commercial premises across the UK and ROI with unrivalled entertainment from unmissable live sport and breaking news, to the best drama and comedy, documentaries and films.
In addition to its entertainment portfolio, Sky Business provides communication services to its customers including Sky WiFi and Sky Ethernet. Sky Ethernet is a national Layer 2 Ethernet service that provides high quality, dedicated connectivity to communications providers across the country.
By leveraging Sky’s world class nationwide fibre network and the UK’s largest 1Gb enabled exchange footprint, Sky Ethernet offers an unrivalled, highly reliable business grade service that is backed by comprehensive service level guarantees.
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