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Economy benefits as broadband boost transforms businesses

Posted: 22/03/17 by Glide

A superfast broadband provider has helped transform the fortunes of over 200 businesses battling with poor internet connections in Northamptonshire. WarwickNet, an internet service provider (ISP) based in the Midlands, first invested in the county in 2014 and since then has provided high-speed solutions to 210 businesses across more than 30 industrial estates and business parks. The ISP’s intervention has not only helped transform productivity for firms previously frustrated by sporadic internet connections, but also provided a welcome shot in the arm for the local economy, with businesses able to thrive courtesy of reliable websites, email systems and phone lines.

Ben Shakespeare, commercial director for Southern Group Laboratory, a state-of-the-art manufacturing complex in Corby, said the firm has benefitted hugely from the introduction of business broadband by WarwickNet. He said: “We were really suffering with poor, slow internet speed, which was very limiting to business growth. We had to run a satellite to get all traffic in and out of the business moving effectively and even this had limitations. Even basic web browsing was limited. The change for the business since making the switch with WarwickNet has been huge. Now, all options are open for IT solutions and we can run Cloud-based mail handling, firewall and system back-ups, while remote access is as quick as being on site. It has really helped transform the way we work.”

Councillor Ian Morris, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways, and environment, said: “We are pleased WarwickNet is continuing to invest in the county. High-speed business connectivity is crucial to Northamptonshire’s economy and can help transform business opportunities and growth.” WarwickNet founder Ben King said: “With a rapidly-evolving marketplace for many industries, suffering with inadequate broadband can cripple productivity in what is now a lean business generation, when many SMEs can run solely on the use of a mobile phone and a laptop. We have invested heavily and worked alongside Northamptonshire County Council to ensure businesses across the county receive a dependable service which will see them gain access to the connectivity they need to grow – and in the process helping boost the county’s economy.”

As part of its presence, WarwickNet delivers fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technologies, with businesses benefitting from business-grade broadband of up to 100 Mbit/s, uncontended Premium Internet Access with unlimited data transfer allowance, gigabit dedicated leased lines, as well as hosted voice over IP solutions. In order to help deliver FTTP, WarwickNet is one of only five ISPs across the country to be deploying PIA commercially, allowing them to build their own infrastructure faster and more efficiently, without seeking permission from BT’s Openreach. To find out more about connectivity options across Northamptonshire, and for more on WarwickNet, visit or call 024 7699 7222.

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