Derby City Council is looking to encourage businesses to its managed workspace scheme at the Sadlers Bridge Studios that comprise some 16,000 square feet of office space and is located in the Catherdral Quarter of Derby.
The development has cost some £3.2m and it seems £1.2m of this is for a 2 Gbps connectivity, which will be rented out to small businesses using the hub from £200 per month (phone and broadband) on a 'pay as you consume' basis.
The pay as you consume is a bit of a worrying situation, since this suggests some form of per GB or TB cost and given the area has Virgin Media cable available which can provide contended cable at 152 Mbps for £60 a month, and their dedicated access at 30 Mbps is £500 per month means that start-ups could be put into the situation of not being able to afford to actually use the connection.
2 Gbps (2000 Mbps) sounds a massive amount to the average home user and small business that only needs email and social media access for interacting with customers, but if that is the total access to the building and 150 businesses can be accommodated things like Microsoft patch Tuesday and iOS updates could see firms fighting for capacity.
It is possible the council scheme is working in such a way that the price buys dedicated capacity on the link, and it is feasible the pay as you go aspect is just an unfortunate choice of phrase from PR people to explain that there is no lengthy 24 month contract which Virgin Media would expect if you took a dedicated 30 Mbps circuit from them.
There is an irony with the various public bodies racing to create tech-hubs when so many developers happily work from home on projects and while the ideas people may need space for meeting rooms and brain storming sessions with a nice cocktail bar nearby the grind of most tech enterprises is accommodated almost anywhere with a reasonable connection (10 Mbps or faster). Businesses like video editing studios will have massively different needs, but given the cost of a good editor one would hope budgets allowed for decent dedicated bandwidth.