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Fibre rollout helps Corgi grow globally (From South Wales Guardian) 0

Fibre rollout helps Corgi grow globally (From South Wales Guardian)

Fast broadband speeds are helping a long-established Ammanford socks and knitwear company to seamlessly reach customers around the globe, thanks to Superfast Cymru. During a visit to Corgi Hosiery today (Monday 17 July), Minister for Skills and Science Julie James heard how the arrival of superfast broadband has played a vital role in helping the company develop its worldwide exports Originally established in 1892 as a sock maker for local miners in the area, Corgi now has a reputation as the go-to luxury sock brand with its customers including the Royal Family. Since connecting to superfast broadband, Corgi’s ecommerce business has really taken off making it a significant exporter, with new major distributors in South Korea, China, Japan and Australia.

The superfast connection has seen the company’s website www.corgisocks.com, , and internetretail business flourish. Corgi isnow able to diagnose and resolve faults in factory machinery remotely, as soon as they occur. Staff can also speak face to face with client distributors around the world without having to leave the comfort of their own office in South Wales.

Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James said: “It’s been great to see the positive effect superfast broadband has had on Corgi Hosiery. “Superfast Cymru is making a real difference in delivering superfast broadband infrastructure throughout Wales, enabling businesses which choose to access the technology to deliver a better quality service and succeed in a global market. Corgi is a great example of this. “Across Wales over 645,000 premises can now access superfast broadband thanks to the programme, and many more will be added before the end of the year. Thanks to Superfast Cymru, Wales has the best availability of superfast broadband among the devolved nations, with more than eight out of ten premises with access.” Corgi’s joint managing Ddrector, Chris Jones, said: “As soon as the fibre broadband rollout programme came within reach of our premises, we signed up, and we haven’t looked back. “Having access to better connections is helping our company grow and improve our efficiency.

We had identified the potential for increasing trade in global markets via our e-commerce business. But we knew we needed faster and more reliable connections to attract, interact and support new international clients and provide them with the highest quality of customer service and care. “Fibre broadband has helped transform the way we run our business and we’re much more efficient now. Our orders, invoices, accounts and stock control system are always available, so our staff can access what they need whenever they need it.” Ed Hunt, Superfast Cymru programme director for Openreach, said: “High-speed connectivity is having an enormous impact on the way we work, live, learn and play.” “Engineers from Openreach, the local network business which is part of BT Group are working hard to roll-out superfast broadband across Carmarthenshire and Wales as quickly as possible and it’s fantastic to see a company like Corgi embracing this new technology and reaping the benefits. “Thousands of homes and businesses in Carmarthenshire can do the same as Corgi and connect to their best ever broadband speeds when they sign up with a service provider, and we’d encourage local people to check out their options. “It’s a highly competitive market, so people could potentially be surfing at much higher speeds at a similar cost to their current service.

Once you’ve made the switch to superfast, like the team at Corgi, we’re confident you’ll never look back.” Superfast Cymru is the partnership between the Welsh Government, BT, UK Government and European Regional Development Fund, bringing faster broadband to areas which would otherwise not receive it.

The Welsh Government also runs the Access Broadband Cymru scheme, which can offer assistance to those not able to access superfast broadband by providing grant aid to help them receive it through other technologies.

Further details are available on www.gov.wales/broadband

£3m South Gloucestershire BT Deal Targets Universal Superfast Broadband 0

£3m South Gloucestershire BT Deal Targets Universal Superfast Broadband

The South Gloucestershire Council in England, which is already working with Openreach ( BT ) to extend “ superfast broadband ” (24Mbps+) coverage to 97% of the region by December 2017, has signed a new £3m contract that will benefit a further 4,300 premises (3,800 via FTTP ). 1 2 3 The deal, which is supported by funding of £2m from the central Government’s Broadband Delivery UK 4 programme and £1m from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), aims to complete the extended roll-out in South Gloucestershire by the end of 2018 and this should take local coverage of “ superfast broadband ” very close to universal levels (currently it’s already at around 95%). The deployment is expected to use a lot more of Openreach 5 ’s ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premise ( FTTP 6 ) broadband technology than before, although the operator will also continue to roll-out their slower hybrid Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC 7 ) service in a number of areas. Work to provide the service will start later this year.

Cllr John Goddard, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: “So far, more than 20,000 homes and businesses have been able to access fibre broadband as part of our rollout across South Gloucestershire. We have always said that we are committed to providing an improved broadband service to as much of the district as possible and this latest investment could see up to 99 per cent of premises covered when combined with the commercial programme. Once complete, thousands more homes and businesses in more rural areas are set to benefit from a service that would not have been available without the council’s continued efforts to bring about these improvements.” Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: “The transformation of the digital landscape in South Gloucestershire to date has been tremendous, but there’s still more to be done.

I’m delighted that another 4,300 local homes and businesses are now going to benefit from a faster and more reliable broadband service, ensuring they can get the fast and reliable connectivity they need, both now and for the future.” Some of the communities set to benefit in the latest phase of the programme include several rural areas not previously covered by the existing roll-out and remaining communities from the previous two phases, including: Almondsbury, Alveston, Aust, Bitton, Bromley Heath, Cold Ashton, Cromhall, Dodington, Downend, Doynton, Falfield, Frampton Cotterell, Hanham Abbots, Hanham, Hawkesbury, Horton, Iron Acton, Kingswood, Marshfield, Olveston, Patchway, Pilning, Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Rockhampton, Soundwell, Siston, Sodbury, Tormarton, Tortworth, Westerleigh, Wick, Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne and Yate.

Take note that the South Gloucestershire Broadband 8 project is separate from the joint Gloucestershire and Herefordshire ( Fastershire 9 ) scheme that covers the remaining areas.

Leave a Comment 0 Responses References ^ South Gloucestershire Council (www.southglos.gov.uk) ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk) ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ Broadband Delivery UK (www.gov.uk) ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk) ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ FTTC (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ South Gloucestershire Broadband (www.southglos.gov.uk) ^ Fastershire (www.fastershire.com)

Fibre rollout helps Corgi grow globally 0

Fibre rollout helps Corgi grow globally

Fast broadband speeds are helping a long-established Ammanford socks and knitwear company to seamlessly reach customers around the globe, thanks to Superfast Cymru. During a visit to Corgi Hosiery today (Monday 17 July), Minister for Skills and Science Julie James heard how the arrival of superfast broadband has played a vital role in helping the company develop its worldwide exports Originally established in 1892 as a sock maker for local miners in the area, Corgi now has a reputation as the go-to luxury sock brand with its customers including the Royal Family. Since connecting to superfast broadband, Corgi’s ecommerce business has really taken off making it a significant exporter, with new major distributors in South Korea, China, Japan and Australia.

The superfast connection has seen the company’s website www.corgisocks.com, , and internetretail business flourish. Corgi isnow able to diagnose and resolve faults in factory machinery remotely, as soon as they occur. Staff can also speak face to face with client distributors around the world without having to leave the comfort of their own office in South Wales.

Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James said: “It’s been great to see the positive effect superfast broadband has had on Corgi Hosiery. “Superfast Cymru is making a real difference in delivering superfast broadband infrastructure throughout Wales, enabling businesses which choose to access the technology to deliver a better quality service and succeed in a global market. Corgi is a great example of this. “Across Wales over 645,000 premises can now access superfast broadband thanks to the programme, and many more will be added before the end of the year. Thanks to Superfast Cymru, Wales has the best availability of superfast broadband among the devolved nations, with more than eight out of ten premises with access.” Corgi’s joint managing Ddrector, Chris Jones, said: “As soon as the fibre broadband rollout programme came within reach of our premises, we signed up, and we haven’t looked back. “Having access to better connections is helping our company grow and improve our efficiency.

We had identified the potential for increasing trade in global markets via our e-commerce business. But we knew we needed faster and more reliable connections to attract, interact and support new international clients and provide them with the highest quality of customer service and care. “Fibre broadband has helped transform the way we run our business and we’re much more efficient now. Our orders, invoices, accounts and stock control system are always available, so our staff can access what they need whenever they need it.” Ed Hunt, Superfast Cymru programme director for Openreach, said: “High-speed connectivity is having an enormous impact on the way we work, live, learn and play.” “Engineers from Openreach, the local network business which is part of BT Group are working hard to roll-out superfast broadband across Carmarthenshire and Wales as quickly as possible and it’s fantastic to see a company like Corgi embracing this new technology and reaping the benefits. “Thousands of homes and businesses in Carmarthenshire can do the same as Corgi and connect to their best ever broadband speeds when they sign up with a service provider, and we’d encourage local people to check out their options. “It’s a highly competitive market, so people could potentially be surfing at much higher speeds at a similar cost to their current service.

Once you’ve made the switch to superfast, like the team at Corgi, we’re confident you’ll never look back.” Superfast Cymru is the partnership between the Welsh Government, BT, UK Government and European Regional Development Fund, bringing faster broadband to areas which would otherwise not receive it.

The Welsh Government also runs the Access Broadband Cymru scheme, which can offer assistance to those not able to access superfast broadband by providing grant aid to help them receive it through other technologies.

Further details are available on www.gov.wales/broadband