Telecommunications company, Talk Talk, is to build 16 additional high speed broadband exchanges in the Middlesbrough area, which will greatly increase the number of homes and businesses capable of accessing high speed broadband.
The move is seen as a major boost to an area in which several businesses have lamented missing out on the benefits of high speed broadband; such as fast data transmission, internet protocol (IP) telephony, and business VoIP (voice over internet protocol).
Business VoIP is seen as particularly desirable by many companies given its potential for achieving huge savings on monthly phone costs.
It is a somewhat sobering fact that without an adequate high speed broadband connection, accessing IP telephony or business VoIP becomes so much more difficult to achieve. This is the case, even if a business seeks the assistance of a specialist host business VoIP provider or VoIP reseller or chooses to use IP telephony-enabling business phone systems hardware such as session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking gateways.
Assistance from a VoIP provider or VoIP reseller, and the adoption of SIP trunking, are normally of huge benefit in helping companies to make use of IP telephony and business VoIP. However, without access to an adequate high speed, wide band business-standard internet connection, what they can help to achieve is extremely limited.
Talk Talk’s investment in the Middlesbrough exchanges has also been committed in spite of the possibility that the area might possibly have benefitted from the UK Government’s pledge to release funding for the whole of the UK to access high speed broadband by 2015.
As Talk Talk Business’s managing director, Paul Lawton, commented:
“Time is of the essence for local companies….We’re committed to accelerating our exchange roll-out across Middlesbrough and the rest of the UK in a bid to spearhead ‘‘Broadband Britain’”.