Fast business park in Herefordshire set to go even faster
Skylon Park at the south east edge of Hereford is set to see gigabit services available via ITS Technology Group as the result of an agreement between the group and Herefordshire County Council.
"We, with council backing, have already invested in ducting, around 4.5 km so far, in preparation for fibre based broadband services to be installed.
ITS will add to that network, and install fibre through it to provide services to customers.
Businesses need superfast and ultrafast broadband if they are to compete with other companies across the globe.
It helps level a playing field for our investors, many of whom are dealing in complex and sensitive information, which they need to share across multiple sites around the UK and the world in different time zones. They simply cannot wait for hours to download or upload data.Bill Jackson, Chairman of the Enterprise Zone
Speeds of 30 Mbps through to Gigabit via a FTTP deployment are set to be available, and the park already seems to have good FTTC coverage via several cabinets installed in the business park as part of the BDUK projects and we are seeing the odd speed test from an Airband customer with upload speeds above what VDSL2 can offer. Of course like other business premises around the UK ethernet and leased line services are available. Though costs of around £900/m for 100 Mbps guaranteed and rising to over £6000/m if you need a guaranteed symmetric 1000 Mbps, lower prices are available e.g. 300 Mbps with burst to 1000 Mbps is £2,400/m will only appeal to businesses where Internet access is critical to day to day operations. We assume then that the driver is that ITS Technology Group are aiming to significantly undercut existing Ethernet type pricing. For those consumers with Gigabit connections the business price for Gigabit may be a shock, but Ethernet/leased line services can very different guarantees as to the performance at peak times, hence the higher pricing.