SSE Enterprise and Three UK will test bed their 5G offering in London’s West End, the companies have announced. They say the volume of traffic around Oxford Street will be the perfect challenge for their offering.

This announcement builds on the agreement SSE has with both Three and O2 to provide a Central London Area network to improve backhaul for 4G and 5G cell sites and masts. To provide the capabilities needed, SSE has identified new, innovative ways to roll out its fibre quickly in key locations, such as laying fibre through Thames Water’s waste water network, with 100 points of connectivity exit via two BT exchanges.

In 2018, SSE announced its Edge 3 programme, which will see it unbundle 177 BT exchanges by 2020, bringing 180,000 business postcodes within reach of its 12,000-kilometre fibre network.

Posted by Teresa Cottam

Teresa is the Chief Analyst at Omnisperience and has over 25 years' experience in the telecoms and technology markets. She is an expert on SME and enterprise telecoms, and has considerable vertical market expertise. Her research focus lies in helping B2B telecoms firms become more commercially successful by better understanding and meeting their customers' needs. She is a judge of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (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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