Higher education network provider Janet has brought in SSE Telecoms to provide connectivity and greater network capacity in southern England.
In a five year contract, with the option to extend for a further five years, Janet is broadening its current SSE Telecoms’ network coverage to deliver services that replace its existing Janet South regional network.
This part of the Janet network connects universities, colleges and other education institutions in the south to Janet’s core national network.
With the demand for bandwidth in higher and further education institutions rising, Janet sought a network infrastructure upgrade that would initially provide 10Gbps wavelengths based on a new fibre ring architected to the same standards as the recently launched Janet6 backbone. This will provide "a highly scalable and flexible network service", Janet said.
The SSE Telecoms upgrade will provide a dark fibre core network using 280km of underground fibre routes, allowing Janet to deliver high bandwidth network services to a further 70 higher and further education institutions.
Institutions will initially enjoy a ten-fold increase in network capacity with the option to upgrade to higher bandwidth in the future.
“The extension of our relationship with SSE Telecoms will enable us to deliver a world-class service for UK academic institutions,” said Jeremy Sharp, head of strategic technologies at Janet. “Flexibility was a pre-requisite to our initial deployment, as we needed to ensure that we could deliver increased capacity and speed to additional sites, in line with the growth of our regional networks."