East Midlands Businesses to Receive Broadband Speed Boost
Businesses across the UK will no doubt be aware of the ongoing upgrades and improvements which are being made to the nation’s broadband infrastructure.
Unfortunately, the London-centric, urban-focused nature of the British economy does mean that certain areas receive the latest services long before others, leading to the digital divide which distinguishes well-connected firms in towns and cities from those in remote, rural areas where broadband speeds are unacceptably sluggish or completely non-existent.
But for businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, major investments announced this month will hopefully level the playing field and ensure that the vast majority of premises have superfast access available on-site in the next few years.
Derbyshire County Council confirmed that it had forged a deal with BT worth almost £28 million, ensuring that 88,000 businesses and residential premises will be equipped with faster broadband by 2016.
This deadline will see at least 95 per cent of customers able to receive speeds of at least 30Mbps, with peak performance of the FTTC connectivity able to reach 80Mbps and beyond, at least in theory.
Those locations not included in the fibre rollout will be promised speeds of a minimum of 2Mbps, which means that while the improvements will enhance the ability of businesses in certain parts of the county, there will still be a small number which remain behind the curve through no fault of their own.
Meanwhile in Nottinghamshire a £20 million project with similar aims has been announced, with various political figures and business leaders coming out to announce their support.
With faster connectivity available there are a number of different advantages that East Midlands companies will be able to grab.
For example, it will become more feasible for a business to host an on-site server which is remotely accessible if a superfast connection is on hand to provide the kind of connectivity that makes this viable.
This could allow staff to work remotely and still be as effective as if they were in the office and at their desks, which also has benefits when it comes to business continuity.
Rural businesses with high speed broadband access might also be in a good position to harness cloud computing services, allowing them to overcome any internal hardware limitations they might have with third party platforms that can meet the flexing, growing IT needs.
Of course businesses will also need to make sure that they are prepared for the arrival of faster connectivity by checking that their on-site networking equipment is up to the task of leveraging the extra bandwidth which will be available.
For firms in broadband not-spots, this might even mean acquiring the necessary networking kit for the first time, which need not be a daunting or expensive task if you get the right help from providers.
Data Centre Shop has a large range of Cisco routers available for any firm that needs to update its network infrastructure to improve connectivity and productivity.