SSE Enterprise Telecom, CityFibre forge new ethernet partnership

Image: CityFibre has been added as an Edge Plus provider by SSE Enterprise Telecoms. Photo: courtesy of Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay.

UK connectivity supplier SSE Enterprise Telecoms has added CityFibre as an Edge Plus provider to give the company’s channel partners more choice when selecting last-mile providers of ethernet services.

CityFibre provides wholesale full fibre infrastructure across the UK. The deal it has made with SSE Enterprise Telecoms extends an existing network partnership and is expected to grow the footprint for both firms in key geographies.

CityFibre’s ethernet services will be introduced in SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ price comparison tool LIVEQUOTE, thereby providing an increased choice for customers for last-mile services.

The partners will help CityFibre to leverage SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ reach and customer base to increase the number of connections across its full fibre network infrastructure.

CityFibre commercial director Rob Hamlin said: “Partnering with SSE Enterprise Telecoms not only helps to meet increased demand and provide all-important choice in the market, but culturally, our two organisations are well suited. We share a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a need to disrupt the market for the benefit of our partners and customers.”

SSE Enterprise Telecoms said that customers are asking for an easier way to get ethernet services. The company, in a move to diversify the choice of last-mile providers while providing reliable delivery, has made investments in systems and processes to make sure that customers get a personalised service.

The LIVEQUOTE tool will enable customers to order ethernet services up to 1Gbps through the push of a button, and 10Gbps will be provided on a customised basis, said the connectivity supplier.

The partnership is expected to provide cost efficiencies and also an alternative fibre last-mile provider with access to CityFibre metro networks in 15 cities. Six cities of the cities – Bradford, Sheffield, Leeds, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh are live and available to quote and order through the portal.

The other nine cities will be added to the platform in the coming months to provide customers more choice for metro city connectivity, said SSE Enterprise Telecoms.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms chief executive Colin Sempill said: “We’re on a mission to improve the way organisations buy network services. SSE Enterprise Telecoms and CityFibre have both invested substantially in UK fibre networks over the last ten years, challenging the status quo and developing a strong proposition in the market.

“It was essential to choose a like-minded partner to continue to deliver high quality connectivity services to the market, and CityFibre was a natural fit.”