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Virgin Media Deal Brings 2Gbps Broadband to 150 Businesses in Derby

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 (1:10 pm) - Score 1,058
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Cable operator Virgin Media Business has today signed a new “first of its kind” deal worth £1.2 million with Derby City Council that will help up to 150 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the city to receive an ultrafast broadband connection capable of 2000Mbps (2Gbps) and at a “fraction of the usual cost“.

The initiative is said to form part of the £14.2m Connect Derby scheme, which sees the local city councils “primary managed workspaces merge in order to create local jobs“. Apparently the businesses involved in the new deal will also be able opt for a “pay as you consume” model (i.e. only paying for the services they use). Rental prices, including phone and broadband, will apparently start from £200 per month; although it’s unclear precisely what you get for that.

Andy Fisk, Public Sector Boss for VMB, said:

In the heart of Derby, this is about giving local businesses access to the very best technology at a cost they can afford, helping them achieve their ambitions faster.

SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy, so it’s critical that we give them the digital capabilities they need to grow and succeed. Getting these tools and infrastructure in place will play a critical part in maintaining the UK’s digital advantage and supporting our economic recovery.”

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said:

Derby City Council is actively supporting the city’s jobs agenda and supporting new enterprise by creating an environment where they can grow, thrive and sustain themselves.

To our knowledge, no other local authority scheme offers such a high level of economic regeneration and job creation, backed by developmental support and digital communication.

Connect is set to generate jobs across the city and will also provide existing SMEs with a wider skill set to employ, which is a very positive move for the city as a whole.”

It’s hoped the new project can create further jobs by increasing inward investment to the city, possibly by attracting businesses from other areas like in the surrounding East Midlands region of England, including Nottingham, Sheffield and Leicester.

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  1. Avatar DTMark

    Although Virgin’s take-up may not have reached any kind of saturation point in terms of residentials, you’d have thought that new markets that can be reached very cheaply would be a no-brainer, and one such market would be businesses.

    Since cable was built for residential TV, some towns (Harlow, Essex) for instance have a fair number of business parks where the cable runs close, sometimes adjacent to the park, and where such businesses only have access to any useful broadband via expensive bespoke circuits.

    So you’d have thought it would be a no-brainer to make such areas the main targets for in-fill. Why has this never happened?

    Lack of ROI? Surely not – they only need to come in a little cheaper than BT, shouldn’t be difficult.

    Lack of commerciality? Maybe.

    SMP – does that apply where the premises are businesses?

  2. Avatar adslmax

    £200 a month for 2Gbps!

    PC ethernet lan port only got link speed of 1Gbps!

  3. Avatar Gadget

    looks like it is 2Gbps into the basement then share with the whoever is taking the service. Some additional details on the thinkbroadband site : http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6652-1-2-million-to-provider-2-gbps-to-derby-start-ups.html

    including
    “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.”

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