Amidst the commentary and debate that has taken place in the wake of the recent autumn statement from Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, one interest which appears to have been on the winning side this time round is that of high-speed business broadband.
In his statement, Osborne announced that an additional 12 cities will benefit from the government’s ongoing high speed broadband expansion plans.
The supplementary broadband roll-out has been included within a wider £5bn investment plan for UK infrastructure projects – ranking broadband development as a government priority on a par with roads, hospitals, science, and education.
Cities benefitting under the Chancellor’s high speed broadband expansion programme are Oxford, York, Brighton and Hove, Coventry, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Newport, Londonderry, Derby, Salford, Perth and Aberdeen.
The fact that the decision to invest further in high-speed broadband access has been taken despite a lower than expected level of economic growth is perhaps a clear indication that the government shares the views of many within the business community that quality broadband access is essential for economic competitiveness.
It has been shown that not only can effective broadband speeds facilitate better internet communications between customers and suppliers, but they can also help vastly improve the performance and efficiency of voice telephony.
Internet protocol (IP) telephony and business VoIP (voice over internet protocol) permit the easy and straightforward installation of additional extensions without the need for physical wires – consequently enabling business phone systems to be speedily scaled upwards or downwards depending on current market conditions.
IP telephony and business VoIP also allow complete portability of phone connections – meaning that workers on the move can use the same phone extension to make and receive calls, while whole offices can be relocated and still function during times of emergency.
In addition, calls made using business VoIP and IP telephony are also often much cheaper than those made over a conventional landline.