Fibre optics plan could prompt other businesses to invest in SDSL broadband
SDSL broadband customers may be interested to know that the importance of a high-speed business connection has been reaffirmed in Manchester.
The Corridor Manchester partnership, a body that promotes the Oxford Road area of the city, has appointed specialist telecoms company Geo to install fibre optic cables over the next 12 months.
It means that businesses and institutions from St Peter’s Square to Whitworth Park will enjoy speeds of up to 100 megabits per second and, just like broadband SDSL, upstream and downstream rates will be identical.
The area employs 55,000 people, comprising 18 per cent of the total workforce in Manchester.
And they generate a staggering £2.8 billion or nearly a quarter of the city’s gross value added.
Commenting on the scheme, Jackie Potter, chief executive of Corridor Manchester, said: “The new fibre optic cables will create a new infrastructure on the corridor that will not only deliver much faster broadband speeds but, through the open access network, allow organisations, businesses and individuals [to] develop and test their own ideas for uses of the new technology.”
This high-speed broadband project will be managed by the Manchester Digital Development Agency and funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
Damien Bourke, policy and partnership manager for the NWDA, said that it will help the Manchester Corridor workforce “generate further wealth” for the city.
Sadly, many companies outside the Manchester Corridor area will be unable to connect to this fibre broadband network.
Rather than being left behind with slow connections, they may wish to consider switching to SDSL broadband.
That’s because SDSL broadband offers faster speeds without the need to switch from copper lines to expensive fibre optics.