Consumer broadband debate risks masking issue of UK plc’s reliance on “second class” communications infrastructure, says CEO
London, United Kingdom, 6 July, 2009 – The current controversy over how high speed broadband access will be delivered to UK consumers nationwide risks masking an equally big issue. Businesses that could be creating the wealth and opportunities that will get us out of recession are being held back by having to rely on second-class communications networks based on legacy infrastructure, according to Chris Smedley, Chief Executive of dedicated fibre network provider Geo.
Geo, which recently announced its latest network expansion ahead of the publication of the final version of Lord Carter’s Digital Britain report, contends that the furore over consumer broadband provision could be a distraction from problems with UK communications networks that could be harming the economy. Smedley believes that UK competitiveness is reliant on the ability of UK companies to have access to high-speed fibre network infrastructure.
Chris Smedley, Chief Executive of Geo, said: “The Government is keen for the digital network to become the backbone of the UK economy. Yet, the delivery of fast broadband to consumers is just one part of that. We must also consider what ‘UK plc’ can do to lift the country out of recession. How will the Government drive initiatives to help support these businesses with the right regulation, network infrastructure and services to deliver on it?”
“The Digital Britain report has set out some new aspirations for the delivery of high speed broadband to consumers across the UK, many of whom remain stuck on low speed networks or without any access to broadband services at all,” Smedley adds. “However, the same remains true for many businesses that are using outdated network infrastructure which denies them the efficiencies they need to compete effectively.”
“At the same time, there’s a misconception amongst UK businesses that investing in more than 1GB of bandwidth is a costly ‘too much, too soon’ deal leading to fundamentally flawed purchasing decisions,” Smedley continues. “The pressure to control, or reduce, spending means UK businesses are trying to operate effectively on limited network bandwidth of 100MB and then buying an additional £20k capacity every year because their actual bandwidth usage dictates it. Consequently UK businesses pay way over the odds for their connectivity.”
“Businesses in the Far East are growing healthily on a ‘high-fibre’ diet, whilst many UK enterprises are making do with the scraps available on old or highly congested communications networks, and paying more for the privilege,” he said.
Smedley concludes: “For many of these businesses, the answer is that they need to take their destiny in their own hands. Private networks offer total control, no sharing or shaping of traffic and the ability to scale up your bandwidth to as high a level as you need, not just as high as your provider is prepared to deliver. At Geo, we also offer ‘pay as you grow’ financing to customers so we can remove the cost headache. In terms of delivering all this to customers, the gas pipeline and the London sewers have provided Geo with ready-made corridors for us to expand our fibre network across the UK. We’ll continue to build out our dedicated network and work with partners to ensure that businesses countrywide can have access to the standard of service they deserve.”
Geo PR Contact:
Geraldine Grewal/Chris McCrudden
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Geo is one of the few telecommunications companies in the UK solely focused on the design and build of bespoke dedicated fibre network solutions. Geo’s revolutionary and flexible approach means that for the first time, organisations can control their own networks, ensuring that security, high bandwidth and resilience are guaranteed. Geo provides an extensive range of solutions including fully managed networks, dark fibre and co-location services. Geo.National enables network solutions on a national scale, and Geo.Metro provides users with an Ethernet service within the London area. Customers include major banks, corporate brands and the public sector. www.geo-uk.net
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