Jisc’s Janet6 network, provided for UK education and research, won the fixed network infrastructure innovation category at last night’s Global Telecoms Business Awards.
The network supports the ever-increasing bandwidth requirements of the UK’s colleges and universities. SSE Enterprise Telecoms worked alongside Jisc providing the 6,500km fibre infrastructure necessary to deliver the Janet6 network, which ensures these organisations are able to transfer the vast sets of data that they rely on across a secure high-speed connection.
Jeremy Sharp, head of strategic technologies, Jisc, said:
“We are delighted to have won this award. As one of the world’s leading collaborative network providers, it was important to us that we were able to manage and run our own network – from an innovation, autonomy and example-setting perspective.
"With SSE Enterprise Telecoms, we have complete control over the technologies that we roll out over the infrastructure, which means that when it comes to furthering the capabilities of our research and education community, the sky really is the limit. SSE Enterprise Telecoms is a reputable brand with a proven track record of delivering consistent services to high profile, risk-averse clients. That covenant, coupled with the technological reliability and quality of network engineering, is very important to us.”
Colin Sempill, SSE Enterprise Telecoms managing director, said:
“Janet6’s pioneering use of 100Gbps provides enormous capacity and means that students can always rely on the network to perform, no matter how much data they need to transfer. The network is ultra-reliable and offers virtually limitless scope for collaboration and technical innovation.
"It runs over 6,500km of enterprise-class dark fibre, supporting nearly a thousand facilities, universities and colleges in more than 30 sites across the UK. It is one of the UK’s largest and most resilient private networks and Jisc now has complete control to provide services without fear of capacity shortage.”
Following this success, SSE Enterprise Telecoms has also been chosen to replace Janet’s south regional network in a five year contract.