Further 20 business parks in Devon and Somerset to see superfast
A further 20 business parks in Devon and Somerset are set to get a mostly FTTC based service (some might be native FTTP), this is in addition to some 200 business parks across the area already enjoying access (or are being built out to) access to fibre based broadband.
Woodlands and Express Park (Bridgwater); Lakeside (near Mells, Somerset); Dunkeswell Business Park; Pitts Cleave (Tavistock); Crown Industrial Estate (Taunton); Weston Business Quarter (Weston-Super-Mare); Milber Trading Estate (Newton Abbot); Colley Lane (Bridgwater); Lynx Trading Estate (Yeovil); Pathfields (South Molton); Deane Gate (Taunton); Cockington (Torquay); Marsh Barton (Exeter); Yalberton (Paignton); Winkleigh Business Park (Winkleigh, Devon); Morlands (Glastonbury); Greendale ( Exeter); Bowdens (Hambridge); Hither Green (Clevedon); and Lee Mill (Ivybridge).The 20 parks to benefit
The parks in all represent some 1,000 businesses and it is this rough translation of just 50 premises per cabinet that explains why business parks were often not included in the earlier commercial roll-out phases, though we are aware that many believe it is simply to protect their leased line business. The leased line argument tends not to stand up to scrutiny as the firms that really need a leased line will still need it after GEA-FTTC appears, as they will want to ensure uncontended access, repair guarantees and other features you get from a dedicated leased line.
"Superfast broadband is an essential tool for businesses, as well as being an increasingly important tool within our homes. This investment will allow firms in the area to expand and develop, and open up this exciting technology to thousands more people across Somerset.
Whilst we applaud and congratulate the good work that BT and the Connecting Devon and Somerset Team have successfully delivered to date, we encourage them to review and accelerate the pace at which the rest of the roll out is completed. Somerset has a vibrant and growing economy, which is forecasted to perform at least in line with, if not ahead of the national average of 2.5 per cent over the next six years, and we must have an infrastructure that matches this ambition.Neil Murphy, chief executive officer at Somerset Chamber of Commerce
Of course one problem becoming more evident as coverage from the projects and alt-nets improves is that those who are yet to see any improvements are becoming more and more frustrated. So while the proportion of businesses and homes stuck up on first generation broadband diminishes those left behind are increasingly desperate for any upgrades.