There’s been much cause for celebration here in Salisbury as of late.
The City recently beat out the likes of Bury St. Edmunds and York to be crowned the overall winner of the Sunday Times' Best Places to Live 2019 guide, earning a glowing review for its exceptional schools, thriving market, glorious surroundings and tremendous community spirit.
As if that wasn’t enough, Salisbury was also recently chosen to become the first UK city with universal access to Openreach’s future-proof, full fibre broadband technology, an honour which is especially good news for the city’s thriving business community.
When it's finished, the city-wide fibre broadband network is set to be the fastest in the UK, meaning that every business in the city could potentially be enjoying world-class broadband that delivers a faster, more reliable connection than anywhere else in the country.
By taking advantage of such cutting-edge connectivity, companies will have more opportunity than ever before to increase efficiency, innovation and overall growth. With increased broadband performance, public-facing businesses relying on an Internet connection for P.O.S devices or cloud-based management solutions can offer better service for customers. Meanwhile, those relying on the Internet for marketing, communications or day-to-day business management will also enjoy significant improvements.
While all of this is certainly reason to rejoice, it's important for businesses to note that access to this next-generation broadband technology is only possible if they have the infrastructure capable of receiving it.
Traditionally, most business premises in Salisbury have received their Internet access via a model called Fibre-to-the-Cabinet. This is where Openreach's fibre optic only connect as far as that weird green box you've probably seen at the end of your street but never known what it was for. Copper cables then connect your home to said green box. While this has so far given Salisbury businesses a decent broadband connection, it simply isn't as fast or as reliable as Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology which is what the new system is being built on.
FTTP bypasses the green box altogether and connects your property directly to the Openreach exchange via fibre optic cables to deliver best-in-class broadband connectivity.
However, many businesses with older broadband equipment may not be compatible with FTTP broadband technology, meaning they may miss out when the new network is completed in 2020.
Helping their fellow local business owners to prepare for the move to full fibre broadband, Salisbury-based IT specialists CDC are recommending that businesses check whether their technology is capable of receiving the new high-performance broadband.
Now celebrating 20 years of empowering Salisbury businesses to make the most of modern technology, CDC is on hand to provide expert, Plain English advice and hands-on support to help you take advantage of the city's new state-of-the-art broadband network.