UK operator SSE Enterprise Telecoms said it will extend its high performance Ethernet services by ’unbundling’ an additional 40 BT exchanges in prime business areas around the UK. The operator has also been confirmed as one of a small number of service providers in BT Openreach’s recently announced Dark Fibre Access trial. If the trials go well, SSE Enterprise Telecoms will use the dark fibre services to provide connectivity to the 40 new exchanges.
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The launch will be the third phase of SSE’s Project Edge network expansion programme and will bring the total number of exchanges served by its national fibre network to 140. The total number of postcodes in prime business areas that are served by the full Edge service will now increase to more than 300,000.
The 40 exchanges will be unbundled during the course of the next nine months and will be named in batches as they come on-net.