Spectrum Internet, the leading Wales-based internet service provider, is investing in new infrastructure to bring fibre based broadband with speeds up to 60Mbps, and affordable leased line services of 100Mbps and 1Gb, to businesses at Cardiff Gate International Business Park, just off Junction 30 of the M4.
Spectrum has worked with the Park’s owners, Sir Robert McAlpine Enterprises, to plan and implement the infrastructure works, which received approval to start on site on 9th December and should enable occupiers to upgrade their broadband connections by March 2014.
Eve Powell of Spectrum Internet commented; “We are delighted to be working with Cardiff Gate International Business Park and helping businesses benefit from Superfast Broadband. Fast, reliable connectivity is vital but of equal importance is how businesses use that to drive innovation and stimulate growth.
“SMEs are a major part of the Welsh economy and as such it’s important that they are made aware of how to maximise the possibilities and opportunities that high speed broadband unlocks”.
A number of businesses at Cardiff Gate have also benefitted from the first phase of a government-backed scheme that is being rolled out by Cardiff Council. As part of the Super Connected Cardiff initiative, businesses were encouraged to register interest in a voucher scheme that could help those who were eligible to claim back 100% of the cost of upgrading to superfast broadband.
Cardiff is one of four cities within an initial group selected to benefit from the roll out of fibre broadband. Tony Fletcher from Cardiff Gate International Business Park said; “Superfast broadband has been highlighted by Welsh and UK governments as a key driver for economic growth, and it is a real boost for Cardiff that it has been selected as a fast-track region.
“The voucher scheme, together with the work being carried out by Spectrum, has created exciting opportunities for existing businesses at Cardiff Gate, as well as sending out a strong message to businesses that are looking at options for expansion or relocation.”
Spectrum Internet will be offering superfast broadband access to business customers from £50 per month and, as part of its support for the Super Connected Cities scheme, is holding a number of events to support and advise Welsh businesses on advances in technology, the first of which ‘Advantage IT Wales’ is being held on 6th December in Cardiff, registration is free at www.advantageitwales.co.uk. Businesses can find out more and also sign up to receive e-updates on the next phase of the Council scheme at www.digitalcardiff.net