UK-based connectivity supplier SSE Enterprise Telecoms has announced a ‘major contract agreement’ with mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK under which the duo will ‘work together to support the mobile network’s growth and expansion goals’. In the first phase of the partnership, which got underway last month, SSE Enterprise Telecoms began facilitating fibre-optic connections for Three UK’s 20 core data centres, which form part of its broader network footprint. It has been claimed that the works will help support the MNO’s network transformation, preparing it for an eventual 5G rollout and enabling it to deliver an enhanced 4G network experience for consumers. SSE Enterprise Telecoms noted that the data centre connection contract is part of a multi-million pound phased agreement that will also see it and Three UK unbundle BT exchanges in the coming years.
Commenting on the matter, Three UK’s chief technology office Bryn Jones was cited as saying: ‘We are putting our network on the best footing possible to meet the current and future demands of consumers … The decision to select SSE Enterprise Telecoms to assist us on this journey was straightforward. Their knowledge and ambitions for UK connectivity were clear and made them the natural choice.’ Colin Sempill, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise Telecoms, added: ‘As a connectivity provider, we understand how integral network infrastructure is to allow technologies like 5G to reach their vast potential. We’re excited at the opportunity to assist Three UK in its journey to bring unrivalled experiences to its customers while offering new connection options to our own.’