WPD Telecoms invest to boost South West connectivity

WPD Telecoms, Western Power Distribution’s telecoms division have invested £3 million in a new optical platform for a high-capacity network. This will enable delivery of next-generation high-speed services to its customers across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and in South Wales.

This roll out of the new optical infrastructure will build an advanced 100G/200G optical transport network, positioning the company for a smooth transition to the latest generation of 400G pluggable optical technology.

Using the same ring topology design that the current WPD Telecoms network is built upon the 100 Gigabit XTN network solution will offer customers fully diverse options from the tip of Cornwall to Bristol and across to South Wales Data Centres with several carrier neutral interconnect options along the routes. WPD Telecoms will be offering full 100Gb connectivity options into central London data centres as part of this network build.

The new network enables us to meet the increasing demands for optical and packet-based high-speed services. With Infinera’s XTM solution, we are equipped with a compact, flexible, and efficient platform that features Raman amplification to overcome long spans, providing efficiency on its network footprint.

“This new network demonstrates our commitment to investing in the latest leading-edge technology” said Richard Slane, WPD Telecoms Commercial Manager.

“Enhancing WPD Telecoms’ network with Infinera’s latest XTM Series will enable the company to continue offering its customers reliable, high-capacity, low-latency bandwidth using the latest technology in the industry,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Sales at Infinera. “WPD Telecoms’ longstanding relationship with Infinera and its ongoing selection of Infinera’s metro and regional solutions underscore the value Infinera’s platforms deliver to network operators.”

WPD Telecoms investment brings competitively priced 10G, 100G, and 200G services to the South West this summer. Available from July 2021, the new network will help close the digital divide bringing more much needed industry leading connectivity to the region.

If you would like to know more please get in touch to find out how we can help, wpdtelecomssales@westernpower.co.uk or 0330 123 5510


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