Unified comms specialists Onecom are to offer Coventry businesses free installation of FTTP internet under their local scheme ‘Lighting up Coventry’, in collaboration with CityFibre.
Named a ‘Gigabit City’, Coventry is one of a handful of cities currently rolling out full fibre solutions. The rollout of fibre broadband was outlined in the government’s autumn statement, where over £1 billion was invested to support installation and advancement of the superfast service. The money will subsidise the cost for companies installing fibre throughout the country.
At the time, DCMS minister Matt Hancock stated: ‘The future is about enabling gigabit speeds, and high quality connectivity across the country. Demand is only going to rise so we need to stay ahead of the curve. When it comes to fibre, it is a case not of if, but when.’
The Lighting Up Coventry campaign allows businesses within the area to forego the £2,000 installation cost normally required to receive CityFibre’s network speeds of up to 1,000Mbs.
Commenting on the scheme, Onecom CEO Darren Ridge stated, ‘Fibre to the Premises technology is capable of incredible speeds yet it costs less than comparable leased line and Ethernet services.
'It is the ideal solution for small and medium sized businesses, particularly those who are seeking to streamline and improve their systems through the use of voice over internet calling and cloud technology.’
CityFibre connected the first area of Coventry to their pure fibre network in February 2015 after acquiring 140km of Council commissioned fibre cables throughout the city in June 2014.
Despite the widespread industry support for the government’s investment in fibre, it’s an area in which the government has a poor track record, with previous initiatives being accused of feeding a monopolistic accumulation of infrastructure at the hands of BT Openreach. Leaked documents over the weekend also labelled telecommunications as ‘a low priority’ in terms of Brexit, an opinion which ignores the rumblings of the potentially industry shifting Digital Economy Bill in the works.