9,400 additional Gloucestershire homes and businesses have been offered the opportunity to benefit from potential broadband speeds of 20 megabits per second (Mbps), following newly completed exchange upgrades in the area by BT.
BT is reported to be also planning to extend faster broadband services to more homes and businesses in the region, anticipating that these services will be made available to approximately 84% of the area’s premises by spring 2013.
Commenting on the latest development, Gloucestershire Chamber of Commerce director Suzanne Hall-Gibbons said:
“I really welcome the news that another 9,400 homes and businesses in Gloucestershire are now able to take advantage of a technology which will play a key role in our economic growth and future development. More than ever, high-speed communications are crucial in the fast-moving and changing world that we work and live in and I’m looking forward to the benefits this faster broadband will bring to Gloucestershire.”
As well as providing reliable internet access, high-speed broadband is also increasingly being prized by businesses for the potential it offers to secure added value services – particularly internet protocol (IP) telephony and business VoIP (voice over internet protocol) – both of which have seen a growing take-up in recent years.
In the case of business VoIP, strong demand has largely been down to the greater control the facility offers over the scale and management of internal business phone systems. Business VoIP can also provide increased mobility for staff wishing to make and receive calls via a particular phone extension, as well as offering the possibility of reduced phone costs.
IP telephony, meanwhile, has been much sought after for enabling straightforward and cost-effective access to advanced communications facilities, such as video conferencing.
Both services however, whether supplied in-house or via a host business VoIP provider or a VoIP reseller, rely on the type of speeds being offered in Gloucestershire.