Research by SSE Enterprise Telecoms forecasts an 88% growth in network demand from London businesses between 2019 and 2020, while demand from regional businesses is forecast to grow 20% over the next two years. The priority for the “vast majority” of businesses will be to have access to on-net services to help reduce IT estate costs and support an increase in cloud adoption the study found.

The research revealed that 25% of service providers will increase their networks up to 100Gbit/s from 2020. In response, SSE is unbundling 177 BT exchanges, providing access to an additional 180,000 UK business postcodes. All 177 exchanges will have 100Gbit/s capacities to meet the demand for higher bandwidth. The first 51 exchanges are already on-net, with priority being given to the most densely populated metro city areas, such as London.

SSE is also launching five optical-enabled data centres, serving areas where on-net access is expected to be in high demand and enabling businesses to access public clouds directly. These are located in:

  • Northampton (Node 4)
  • Milton Keynes (Pulsant)
  • Hemel (Gyron, Centro)
  • Stockley Park (Virtus 5)
  • Newport, Wales (Next Gen Data)

Posted by Teresa Cottam

Teresa helps B2B service providers improve their commercial results and the customer experience they deliver through research, insight and analysis that builds effective strategy. She is a judge of the GSMA GloMo's for customer experience and enterprise innovation, and for the UK Cloud awards. You can follow her on Twitter @teresacottam

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