Coventry businesses are being offered free installation of ultra-fast fibre broadband as part of a government-backed scheme to supercharge internet speeds in the city.
The city is one of a handful across the UK to be named a Gigabit City, with the rollout of pure fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology offering businesses lightning speeds at low cost.
It comes after the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced a £1bn push to support high-speed broadband in the UK, with a focus on funding full fibre networks, in his Autumn Statement.
The connections are being offered by business communications provider Onecom through the market-leading CityFibre network.
As part of its commitment to the government-backed programme, Onecom, has launched a “Lighting Up Coventry” campaign and is offering installation worth £2,000 at no charge to any Coventry business which takes ultra-fast fibre broadband.
Darren Ridge, CEO of Onecom, (pictured), said: “Coventry is one of just a few cities to benefit first from the rollout of this new technology, and we are pleased to be launching Onecom’s provision of this service in the city with the offer of free installation.
“Fibre to the Premises technology is capable of incredible speeds yet it costs less than comparable leased line and Ethernet services.
“It is the ideal solution for small and medium sized businesses, particularly those who are seeking to streamline and improve their systems through the use of voice over internet calling and cloud technology.”
Last year Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture Policy, underlined the government’s commitment to full fibre, urging businesses to adopt the technology to help Britain become a global digital leader.
He said: “The future is about enabling gigabit speeds, and high quality connectivity across the country. Demand is only going to rise so we need to stay ahead of the curve. When it comes to fibre, it is a case not of if, but when.”
Fibre to the premises is widely considered to be the best solution for maintaining high internet speeds.
It offers an end-to-end fibre optic connection directly from the national fibre network to the customer’s premises – unlike traditional services which rely on copper connections to link businesses to a street cabinet, often resulting in a slowdown of data and increased interference.
CityFibre’s network offers up to 1,000Mbs data speeds and is engineered for reliability, with users experiencing 99.9% uptime since April 2016.
Onecom and CityFibre guarantee users that any critical fault repairs will be resolved within a maximum of eight hours – typically four to six hours.
Darren Ridge added: “Businesses increasingly need ever faster, more resilient connections to allow them to increase productivity and to give them an edge over their competitors.
“Using CityFibre’s ultra-fast networks puts us in the enviable position of being able to deliver all business communications needs over a network that offers ultra-low latency, high speed and reliability.
“This works perfectly in tandem with Onecom’s market-leading cloud, mobile, systems and professional IT services and allows freedom for businesses to use data-heavy applications such as video conferencing and remote backup at lightning speeds and at lower cost than equivalent services.
“We are delighted to extend our growing partnership with CityFibre and look forward to transforming the way Coventry companies can work online.”
Onecom is the UK’s leading independent business-to-business communications provider and manages more than 335,000 connections across the UK. It is Vodafone’s key UK partner in reselling business-to-business mobile communications products and services.
For full terms and conditions of the free installation offer see lightingupcoventry.co.uk/tandc
Onecom is the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider, headquarted in Whiteley, Hampshire, and operating throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Onecom maintains twelve regional offices, including London, Cardiff, Southampton, Plymouth, Leeds, Telford, Norwich and Brighton. It currently manages over 325,000 mobile connections, delivering communication services and unified solutions across fixed line voice, connectivity and cloud computing to some of the UK’s most dynamic companies. In 2016 the company expanded into Wales, acquiring telecoms provider Evolve in a multi-million pound deal.
Onecom was voted Vodafone Platinum Partner of 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014. In 2015 and again in 2016, Onecom was named Vodafone’s Total Communications Partner – the network’s highest accolade. It is currently Vodafone UK’s largest partner.
Graeme Patfield, Polymedia, 01329 822866