With announcements popping up across the UK on the latest areas to benefit from superfast broadband, it can be hard to feel their joy if you are still suffering from slower broadband speeds.
Most recently, it has been announced that 44,000 homes and businesses in Devon and Somerset will get access to high-speed fibre broadband within the next four months.
Thirty-one communities in these two counties will get access to faster broadband by the end of March 2014 as part of the £94 million Connecting Devon and Somerset partnership. They include: Christow, Crediton, Dunchideock, Exminster, Hemyock, Newton St Cyres, North Tawton, Okehampton, Sandford, Shillingford St George, Shobrooke and South Tawton.
Laurent Boon, BT’s programme manager for Connecting Devon and Somerset, said: “The arrival of fibre broadband is one of the most important investments in Devon and Somerset in recent times. High-speed fibre broadband is transforming the way we live and work. For businesses, it can help deliver a competitive edge, which will help them attract new customers and find new, more efficient ways of working.”
But there are still plenty of other communities that have yet to benefit from the 24Mb speeds promised by the superfast rollout programme, which is due to be available to around 90% of homes and businesses by the end of 2016.
For some businesses, a further three-year wait is simply too long. While for another 10%, the wait will be longer still. Meanwhile, these businesses are missing out on the “competitive edge” referred to by Mr Boon.
There are alternatives available to ensure businesses, not currently included in the rollout programme.
Business broadband providers, such as South West Communications Group, can offer ADSL speeds of up to 20Mb download and 1Mb upload.
Ethernet first mile (EFM) offer 35Mb speeds for on a full duplex basis (download and upload) while Internet leased lines and managed Internet access offer even faster options for businesses that rely on and need the fastest speeds available. Such connectivity also prepares businesses for the use of the Internet to make phone calls using SIP trunks.
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