Three and SSE plan West End 5G

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.

  1. […] 3UK has taken a slightly different approach, as is its want. It currently has more 5G spectrum than anyone else, and has ambitious rollout plans. It launched its 5G network across central London on 19 August 2019, where it has a deal with SSE for fibre. SSE, in turn, has a deal with Thames Water to roll out fibre through its waste water network, enabling it to add fibre in hard-to-reach areas in the city centre without the requirement to dig. (see Three and SSE plan West End 5G). […]