SSET to buy ATLAS network

Scottish and Southern Energy Telecommunications (SSET) has entered into an agreement with Scottish Enterprise to acquire the ATLAS fibre telecommunications network.

The ATLAS network was created by Scottish Enterprise in 2006 to promote the use of advanced broadband across Scotland.

The network is built on a fibre-optic ring topology and spans 55km across six business parks: Aberdeen, Dundee, Riccarton outside Edinburgh, Strathclyde Business Park in Lanarkshire, West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow and Crichton in Dumfries.

SSET will work in partnership with Scottish Enterprise to integrate the ATLAS network into SSET’s national fibre network and ensure a smooth transition for existing customers.

As part of the acquisition agreement, SSET has also committed to invest around £1m completing the development and integration of the network.

Once completed, SSET’s fibre network will be more than 5,000km in length, with around a further 2,600km in leased fibre.