enet enters UK market for first time with SSE Enterprise Telecoms deal

Press release
04th Jan 2012

enet, Ireland’s largest open-access network operator, has made its first entry into the UK market with a ground-breaking, strategic network partnership with SSE Enterprise Telecoms, the UK’s leading provider of network infrastructure services and part of the SSE Group.

Under the terms of the deal, enet will utilise SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ full range of dark fibre, Carrier Ethernet and optical networking services across 13,700km of national network. Additionally, under the agreement enet also gains access to over 265 Points of Presence (PoPs), with further expansion planned over the next 12 months, as well as over 76 UK on-net commercial data centres and over 2,000 PoPs from other key players in the market.

Conal Henry, enet CEO, said: “enet are delighted to announce this deal which gives us our first exciting opportunity in the UK market. As always, we will ensure that service-delivery and a flexible, solutions-driven ethos is at the very core of what we offer. It’s very important to us that our carrier customers have access to resilient, high-capacity, scalable Ethernet services both in Ireland and now in the UK. We look forward to working with SSE Enterprise Telecoms to help our customers extend their reach into the market.”

“We’re pleased to work in partnership with enet to help them extend their reach into the UK,” said Mike Magee, Director of Service Solutions at SSE Enterprise Telecoms. “enet has a notable reputation for the successful delivery of Ethernet services in the Republic of Ireland, a reputation that we also pride ourselves on within the United Kingdom. As our relationship with enet continues to develop we hope to see further opportunities for organisations requiring high capacity connectivity from Ireland to England, Scotland and Wales.”

This UK network deal is the latest in a series of investments undertaken by enet and its parent, Granahan McCourt Capital. These include investing more than €100 million in access fibre deployments, metro fibre acquisition and construction, core fibre rollouts, as well as gigabit wireless network integration.