28 July 2014

The benefits of superfast broadband are being showcased to businesses in Northamptonshire as the multi-million-pound project to deliver the infrastructure continues at pace.

Northamptonshire County Council has worked with firms which already have access to superfast speeds to create videos outlining how working practices can be transformed.

Business benefits of superfast broadband

Advantages for businesses of superfast speeds are focused on the ability for them to reduce business costs, compete in a global market and boost customer service.

This can be achieved in a number of ways including: access to ‘cloud’ computing, the potential for HD video conferencing and online file-sharing, which facilitates collaborative working.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “The internet has largely levelled the business playing field and superfast broadband enhances this even further, giving potential benefits to small firms in remote locations, which would have been impossible a few years ago.

“The rollout of superfast broadband in Northamptonshire is perhaps the most significant step forward in the business world in a generation and it’s essential that as many of our firms can take advantage as possible.

“As the country starts to recover economically this is an ideal time for firms to be looking at how they can develop and I’m confident that we will see businesses sign up soon.”

Who has gained so far?

The first company to feature in the videos is Brackley-based Total Sim which specialises in computational fluid dynamics and has had British Cycling and Formula 1 teams on its client list.

Each month over a six-month period a new video will appear on the county council website, profiling another firm to have benefitted from superfast broadband.

The council’s Superfast Northamptonshire project aims to secure access to superfast broadband for all premises across the county by the end of 2017.

However there is an interim target for at least nine out of ten premises to have access to superfast broadband by 2015. This is being delivered in partnership with BT as well as significant commercial plans across Northamptonshire.