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ITS Technology Brings FTTP Ultrafast Broadband to Skylon Business Park

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 (3:05 pm) - Score 515

Businesses operating from Skylon Park, which is a 72-hectare site within the Hereford Enterprise Zone, look set to benefit after the ITS Technology group announced that it would roll-out a 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) broadband network to the area using existing cable ducts.

The new network stems from an agreement between ITS and the Herefordshire County Council, with the latter allowing ITS to access some of their existing infrastructure in order to deploy the new service.

Roy Shelton, CEO of ITS, said the “agreement to design, build and operate Skylon Park’s high-speed fibre network will enable businesses to have further competitive advantage and support Herefordshire Council’s vision of a truly technology enabled business park. The first business users are now live with a growing demand to access our services.”

Bill Jackson, Chairman of the Enterprise Zone, said:

“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.”

Today’s news follows last month’s confirmation of a fresh investment worth £2.4 million for ITS (here). Meanwhile the operator has now signed a number of similar agreements to extend and commercialise councils’ assets and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more in the future.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar Kenny says:

    Is this the same ITS that did fibre garden in cumbria , hope this works out better

  2. Avatar Nik Bridge says:

    Great to see more public ,private sector partnerships.

    Look like the guys at ITS are on a match with tho and what I see from thier website of 3 similar network type contracts . As the press release states I also suspect there will be more to follow.

  3. Avatar Andy Truelove says:

    It’s a great pity that the same Council also gave BT a grant to install FTTC in advance of ITS pretty much pulling the rug from under their business. The same council who have havered over this issue for the last 10 years. I understand they also delayed ITS project by reducing their lease time, dropping the grant funding and generally messing them around. Hence, unfortunately, local business on the Skylon have lost faith and gone elsewhere.

    However, what should we expect from a corrupt council that have taken 25+ years to decide they might build a bypass one day. They’ve spent more on consultation than the bypass would have cost so the roads, much like our Internet, remain congested.

    1. Avatar Mark says:

      While business parks have long been neglected and their tenants held to ransom by BT’s lack of investment, preferring instead to milk them for expensive circuits and so there is plenty of opportunity there – I still wonder why private investors are going up against The State’s preferred supplier.

      Of course were ITS successful in taking BT customers that then disadvantages the local authority since their success is measured on the uptake not of superfast services, but of BT superfast services because of the way that the rules have been written and because BT is the supplier that the money goes to.

      This therefore means that could be argued that it is in local authorities’ interests to crowd out private solutions if possible.

      Meanwhile BT waits for the alternative to fail so as to get some cheap ducting.

      On the other hand VDSL’s performance is still meagre at best in the modern world, it only seems fast if you’re used to ADSL or 3G and so ITS have something to offer where BT simply won’t compete on price. Until they lose sufficient customers, and then have to.

      Even G.Fast is dismal by comparison and that barely exists yet. I’d have thought that the larger, bigger spending customers would want more (FTTP) for their money.

    2. Avatar TheFacts says:

      @Mark – any evidence of BT taking over cheap ducting from failed companies? Soundbite?

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