British mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK has entered into a GBP100 million (USD127 million) infrastructure agreement with SSE Enterprise Telecoms to enhance connectivity and deliver what it claims will be ‘the fastest 5G network across hundreds of towns and cities’. Announcing the deal in a press release, the MNO said the investment will also enhance its 4G services, providing increased capacity and reliability with a view to meeting the rising demand for data. Meanwhile, as part of the second phase of the network rollout, SSE Enterprise Telecoms will reportedly deliver more than 450 unbundled BT Exchanges across the UK, with the associated fibre connectivity to be linked into Three’s infrastructure.
Commenting, Three UK’s Chief Operating Officer, Susan Buttsworth, said: ‘We are investing significantly to transform our entire network experience which will support our customers who use three times more data than the average UK consumer. SSE Enterprise Telecoms will help support our goal of delivering a great 4G and 5G experience across the UK.’
Separately, SSE has unveiled a ‘significant’ network expansion programme, which it claims will bring high capacity 100Gbps and 10Gbps services to businesses across the nation, facilitate 5G rollouts and aid in the deployment of next-gen connectivity technologies such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). As per its plans, SSE will nearly double its number of unbundled BT Exchanges in just over a year, enabling its customers to bring high capacity fibre services to approximately 80% of UK business premises. Upon completion SSE Enterprise Telecoms will have a high-capacity fibre network spanning over 30,000km.