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Worcester firm wins £11m rural broadband contract 0

Worcester firm wins £11m rural broadband contract

More than £11m is to be spent to set up wireless broadband in rural parts of Shropshire with the help of a Worcester business. Connecting Shropshire has named Airband Community Internet as the delivery partner for the next phase of the county council’s superfast broadband programme. The council has said the work will take three years to complete and the new transmitters will reach 14,000 homes and businesses.

Airband will be deploying wireless broadband, which works by sending a signal from a transmitter on a mast, to a receiver attached to the property.

A cable is then run into the building allowing the end-user to access the internet in the same way as any other broadband connection.

Redmond Peel, managing director of Airband, said: “We are delighted to have won the contract to deploy our fixed wireless network in Shropshire. “Knowing how essential high-speed broadband is, we are looking forward to working with local residents and businesses to provide fast and reliable Internet connections. “Our experience of building masts to deploy wireless broadband services in the Midlands, Wales, Dartmoor and Exmoor has given us extensive insight into dealing with the geographical challenges that we will come across in Shropshire.” Nic Laurens, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for broadband, said: “I am delighted that we have secured a technology partner that can deliver superfast broadband to some of the most rural parts of the county. “When this contract is completed, we expect 98 per cent of premises in the council area to have access to superfast broadband.”

Surrey borough features in top 10 for UK broadband speeds 0

Surrey borough features in top 10 for UK broadband speeds

Anyone looking to download a film or an album in a hurry should head to the affluent north Surrey borough of Elmbridge, it turns out. Research on broadband speeds by consumer brand Which? puts Elmbridge ninth in the UK for quick connectivity.

The borough is the only area of Surrey to feature in the top ten, yet the county fares better than parts of Scotland. The Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authorities numbered one, two and three for the worst broadband speeds in the UK. The minimum download speed proposed under the government’s Universal Service Obligation is 10Mbps, but the study found the average test in 12 local authority areas didn’t reach this speed.

Read More Surrey Police news No charges over double-fatal crash Snapchat advice Man’s body discovered Murder investigation after assault Despite the majority of slow download speeds coming from rural areas, many local authority areas in big cities are getting below the national average. The London boroughs of Southwark, Westminster, Lambeth, Hackney and the City of London were all found to be lagging behind the UK average, which was identified as 17Mbps in the report. The fastest areas were Tamworth in the West Midlands, followed by Reading, Adur in West Sussex, Enfield and Dundee City.

How does your area fare? (Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire) Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home services, said: “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks. “We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow.” He added: “This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.” The government says superfast broadband is now available to 93% of the UK (Photo: Handout) A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: “Superfast broadband is now available to 93% of the UK, and we are reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week. “These figures don’t show what broadband is available – they show many people haven’t taken up speeds that are already available to them. “Thanks to the Digital Economy Act passed last month, we will now directly ensure universal access to high speed broadband for the whole of the UK.” He added: “People can check what speeds are available to them by entering their postcode here 1 .” Which? research using data from Speed Checker Ltd from January to March 2017 found the top 10 to be: Tamworth Reading Adur Enfield Dundee City Luton North East Lincolnshire Merton Elmbridge Broxbourne And the worst…

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NI firms identify growth boosts 0

NI firms identify growth boosts

Emma Gribben, Lisa McCaul and Tom Griffiths Less tax, a better political environment and faster broadband would be among the biggest boosts to the growth prospects of Northern Ireland’s small businesses, according to new research. Ulster Bank’s Boost Index has researched the growth performance of companies across the country with between five and 50 employees across a range of sectors. The study found that 46 per cent had increased sales over the past 12 months, while revenue for a further 44 per cent had remained stable.

Meanwhile, 21 per cent said that they are experiencing moderate growth, with 31 per cent enjoying slight growth. Just 1 per cent of respondents are undergoing rapid growth. Exporting appears to be the biggest opportunity for small business, with 7 per cent of those surveyed currently selling outside of the UK and Ireland.

A further 31 per cent are selling into the Republic of Ireland and 18 per cent are doing so into England, Scotland or Wales. Competition in the market (78 per cent), the potential impact of Brexit (62 per cent), a perceived lack of political stability in Northern Ireland (61 per cent) and cost pressures (60 per cent) are considered to be the major obstacles to growth. Regarding the biggest potential boosts to growth prospects, 65 per cent of respondents agreed that less tax would be of benefit, 33 per cent pointed to a better political environment and 29 per cent felt that faster broadband would be of significant assistance.

Lisa McCaul, business growth enabler at Ulster Bank, said: “This piece of research helps us understand where businesses are in terms of their growth trajectory and the challenges that they perceive to future growth. “This will be useful insights as we seek to help small firms grow sustainably. “Of particular interest are the insights around exporting.

There is often a perception amongst small businesses that exporting is not for them, it is for larger businesses.

But the reality is that exporting doesn’t have to be complicated and could simply mean increasing sales a few percent by selling some product overseas online. “Boost is designed to help small firms recognise and capitalise on those growth opportunities.”