SSE Telecoms Implements GE's Smallworld Network Inventory Solution

Cambridge — August 18, 2010 — SSE Telecoms, the telecoms business of Scottish and Southern Energy, has selected GE's Smallworld Network Inventory solution as their asset management system, GE announced today. The Smallworld Network Inventory solution will increase the efficiency and accuracy of network access records to enable a new level of customer service across SSE Telecoms 8000km UK-wide fiber optic network.

"We selected GE's Smallworld Network Inventory for its cost effective, out-of-the-box solution," said Mark Corney, Director of Operations. "With a fully integrated physical and logical network inventory solution, we are able to quickly streamline our processes and provide different departments with an accurate and reliable view of the network infrastructure."

The Smallworld Network Inventory solution will migrate existing sources of SSE Telecoms network and services information into one centralised database, allowing internal users easier access to data while providing web access for authorised customers to locate SSE Telecoms assets. Featuring two, integrated solution sets, the Physical Network Inventory solution will enable SSE Telecoms users to manage the physical network assets against a geospatial background, while the Logical Network Inventory solution will provide an existing and planned view of their customer services. As a result network planners and engineers will be able to accurately and efficiently plan future network extensions and new network-based customer services.

"GE is working closely with SSE Telecoms to deliver a solution that will provide their operations, maintenance, planning and engineering departments with improved business process support and easier access to network and services information," said Keith Redfearn (GE's Digital Energy Region Leader). "

GE's 'Quickstart Services' implementation programme is enabling SSE Telecoms to go live with Smallworld in just six months. Quickstart services include training, software installation, application configuration, and customisation to fit SSE Telecoms' specific business needs. The system will launch in Perth, Reading and Havant sites by September 2010.

About SSE

SSE is one of the UK's leading energy companies. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity; energy trading; the development of major renewable energy projects; the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas; electrical and utility contracting; and telecoms.
SSE supplies over nine million customers through its retail brands: Southern Electric, SWALEC, Scottish Hydro Electric and Atlantic. It transmits and distributes electricity to over 3.6 million customers in central southern England and the north of Scotland.

SSE's other businesses include: Contracting - one of the UK's leading mechanical and electrical contracting business; Utility Solutions - building and operating private electricity, water, gas and heat networks throughout the UK; Metering - providing metering services to energy suppliers across the UK; Telecoms - operating a 8,000km UK-wide telecoms network for commercial and public sector customers; Energy Services - providing a wide range of micro-generation and energy-related services; Gas Storage - operating the UK's largest onshore gas storage facility; and Retail - supplying electrical and gas domestic appliances online.

For more information, visit the company's Web site at

About GE

GE is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that's built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide.

GE serves the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that helps make efficient use of natural resources. With 60,000 global employees and 2009 revenues of $37 billion, GE Energy is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies. The businesses that comprise GE Energy-GE Power & Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas-work together to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.

For more information, visit the company's Web site at . GE is imagination at work.


Neil Gazeley
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