Telecommunications company Three has partnered up with one of the UK’s leading connectivity suppliers, SSE Enterprise Telecoms, as a key part of its plans to prepare and deploy its enhanced 4G and 5G networks.
The initial stages of the partnership will see SSE Enterprise updating Three’s communications infrastructure by facilitating fiber optic connections across the firm’s 20 UK-based data centres.
“As a connectivity provider, we understand how integral network infrastructure is to allow technologies like 5G to reach their vast potential,” said Colin Sempill, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise Telecoms. “We’re excited at the opportunity to assist Three UK in its journey to bring unrivalled experiences to its customers while offering new connection options to our own.”
These plans are largely driven by the network’s increasing data demands, with firm having added 900,000 new customers in 2017, alongside a study suggesting that its total 10mn customers use an average 6.8GB of data per month.
“We are putting our network on the best footing possible to meet the current and future demands of consumers,” said Bryn Jones, Chief Technology Officer at Three UK. “Our customers use up to 3.5 times more data than the rest of the UK, a demand which is only going to increase as we move towards a 5G world.”
5G networks are expected to become commercially available in 2020 in the UK, with Three looking to be at the forefront of this connectivity revolution.