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WarwickNet Expand FTTC and FTTP Broadband for Coventry Businesses

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 (1:12 pm) - Score 609
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UK ISP WarwickNet, which builds its own 100Mbps+ alternative fibre optic broadband networks to connect disadvantaged businesses, has announced that three new Street Cabinets will soon go live to cater for 100+ businesses around Torrington Avenue in Coventry (West Midlands, England).

Apparently the cabinets, which should help to support the new availability of Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP), Leased Lines and VDSL2 + Vectoring based Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology, will be placed at the junctions with Templar Avenue, Nickson Road and Gravel Hill.

The new infrastructure will be able to deliver “ultra-fast” class broadband speeds of 100Mbps (Megabits per second) or greater and this will no doubt be welcomed by local SME businesses, many of which complain that the best they can get today is only around 4Mbps (assuming they don’t opt to pay through the nose for an expensive Leased Line).

Mark Davison, WarwickNet’s Senior Business Development Manager, said:

“It’s completely unacceptable that businesses such as those operating from Torrington Avenue still do not have access to high-speed broadband.

As a Coventry-based company, we have been working hard to ensure that businesses across the city are supplied with the connections they need and not simply left to struggle with slow download speeds which prohibit productivity and create an advantage for their competitors.

It’s our hope that the cabinets installed on Torrington Avenue will allow more than 100 businesses working from this largely industrial area to once again operate on a level playing field.”

Leigh Hunt, Communications Manager for CSW Broadband, said:

“We are extremely grateful to WarwickNet for the work they have carried out across the city. The more work carried out by independent network providers, the more funding there is for the CSW Broadband project to tackle the hard to reach areas.”

The development also means that WarwickNet has, over the past five years, now increased its Coventry coverage from 5 to 23 business parks and city-centre locations, and now provides high-speed Internet connections to more than 250 businesses in the area.

On top of that it’s also good to see the local state aid fuelled CSW Broadband scheme recognising the contribution, which allows them to focus public investment on other areas.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar New_Londoner

    The quotes from the press release omitted to mention the redicuously high prices charged by WarwickNet for its VDSL-based services, which seem to be several times more expensive per month than most other ISPs.

    • Avatar Not_From_London

      WarwickNet don’t seem to cover any business parks in London. So why does it bother you?

      I smell a competitor trying to belittle an organisation doing something to provide acceptable services at their own expense where BT/Openreach can’t be bothered with FUNDING.

      You don’t know the commercials and neither do I, so I suggest you go back to trying to sell whatever inferior products you peddle.

      I’ll go back to working for an IT Support company happy to see companies like WarwickNet invest in my customers and their BT pain.

  2. Avatar Not_From_London

    Ps. If £60 per month is a “redicuously high price” (nice spelling by the way) then I fear for your kids at Christmas. Do they get second hand toys from Scope?

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      It’s £60 per month for a 40Mbps download / 5 Mbps upload service with a 100 GB data cap, £150 for an 80/20 service with a 350 GB data cap or £200 per month for a 100/30 service with a 500GB cap. These prices look very expensive vs other business broadband providers, and at the higher end make uncontended and uncapped symmetric Ethernet services worth considering instead.

      Note no abusive remarks directed at you or your family!

  3. Avatar Not_From_London

    ….and?

    As you can hopefully understand from these articles WarwickNet invest in their own cabinets and infrastructure. They are not just reselling heavily subsidised BT Openreach FTTC connectivity.

    Do you know how much it costs WarwickNet to build and maintain their cabinets? If not, which I predict, then how on earth can you make a judgement as to whether or not they are “very expensive”? For all you know their margins may be lower than those simply buying an openreach connection and badging it as their own.

    WarwickNet connect sites which are neglected. You coming on and belittling their efforts is quite frankly disrespectful to the businesses they serve.

    My customers I go to WarwickNet on behalf of were left with two choices previously. Slow ADSL for £15 a month or a Leased Line starting at somewhere around £300 a month.

    Are you seriously saying WarwickNet are not providing salvation where is it needed?

    Yes, they are more expensive than a BT Infinity Business connection… but they are providing an alternative to poor connectivity, as I have said above, at their cost.

    I may come across defensive.. but the WarwickNets and Gigaclears need our encouragement and thanks.. not to be jumped on with every positive news article. You come across sir like you have an agenda.. which again can only be put down to the fact that you are a competitor. If you worked in IT Support like me, you would be grateful.

    See you at Scope.

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      You seem to be confusing the cost of provision with the price charged to customers. My comments about the expense of the service relate to the latter; I think it reasonable to comment if a company is charging 5-7x the rates of its competitors.

      And as for providing services in otherwise poorly connected business parks, you seem to forget that some of these would otherwise have benefited under the relevant BDUK contracts. So the companies on those sites will be paying premium prices for a service from a single ISP instead of having a range of more competitive prices from a selection of ISPs to choose from.

      As for your other comments, I suggest you make a donation to Scope by way of apology.

    • Avatar DTMark

      “if a company is charging 5-7x the rates of its competitors.”

      But it doesn’t have any competitors. That’s rather the point, isn’t it. It’s the mechanism by which BT bleeds massive amounts of money from SMEs.

      If it does gain competitors, down goes the price.

      In the meantime, if the new provider delivers, then those businesses can cancel their ludicrously priced leased lines and save themselves money.

      BT then responds by delivering competition as above, and down go the prices.

      Rinse and repeat for every business park in the country.

    • Avatar Not_From_London

      Which ISP do you work for New_Londoner?

      You seem to know quite a lot about this process. For example, how do you know these sites would have received BDUK moneys?

      What have I to apologise for? Outing you as a bitter competitor to one of my customers best providers? Pffft.

  4. Avatar fastman

    one of the issues migtht be that warwicknet badge it as FTTC– but the issue is you can only buy a service from Warwicknet and not from anyone else (as they are a Sub loop Unbundler) so the end product is much higher Charge — not sure how well that is communicated to the business park managing / managing agents /

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