SSE has been named as one of the first suppliers under the UK government’s Crown Commercial Service’s RM6095 Agreement (see Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) RM6095 agreement). The Agreement provides public sector organisations with access to suppliers for a number of fibre optic infrastructure services, including dark fibre and lit services. It delivers access to flexible contract lengths and a requirements-based procurement system with no lot restrictions. In 2018-19, the government credited it with helping the public sector achieve commercial benefits worth £945 million.
“We’re delighted to have been named as a supplier on CCS’s RM6095 Gigabit Capable agreement and the opportunity to work even more closely with public sector organisations…[it] is another positive step towards providing the fibre capabilities and widespread access points needed to meet growing end user demand on local and national services.” Martin Samuel, Director Public Sector, SSE Enterprise Telecoms
SSE will provide network infrastructure build services and managed network infrastructure services for the next four years. It has recently undertaken projects with public sector organisations including Jisc (the service provider of the 18 million user research and higher education JANET network) and has certified to the CAS(T) UK Government standard. At present it operates a 12,000 kilometre private telecoms network and an estate of 80 commercial data centres.