UK Rural Broadband Rollout 'On Track'


Accessing superfast broadband – often defined as a minimum speed of 24 megabits per second – has long been a priority for many rural-based businesses trying to keep pace with their urban competitors. Being ‘online’ is crucial to the modern world of commerce, so rural businesses may be relieved to hear that the rural broadband rollout is on target according to the government, with superfast broadband now available to an additional 3 million homes and businesses across the UK.



Accessing superfast broadband – often defined as a minimum speed of 24 megabits per second – has long been a priority for many rural-based businesses trying to keep pace with their urban competitors. Being ‘online’ is crucial to the modern world of commerce, so rural businesses may be relieved to hear that the rural broadband rollout is on target according to the government, with superfast broadband now available to an additional 3 million homes and businesses across the UK. 

Ministers say the country is well on track to reach 95% of the UK by 2017 and achieve near-universal superfast broadband for rural Britain by the end of parliament in 2020. Having access to high-speed connections will help rural businesses to diversify economically, improve communication efficiencies, and allow them the freedom to engage with the worldwide online marketplace.

However, at present, a tenth of the UK still lacks access to superfast broadband and the effects are felt firmly among businesses in these areas who can struggle to compete. To combat this disparity, TFM is helping rural-based companies to get connected.

Buckinghamshire-based benchmarking and research specialist, Experteye, is one such company to benefit from TFM’s bespoke solution. The company was struggling with maximum download speeds of 8Mb/s via FTTC, which greatly impacted efficiency and had considered relocating in order to gain access to a reliable internet connection. TFM engineers surveyed the existing set up and found that the best solution for Experteye based on cost, timescales and network requirements would be a Fibre-Share solution, which would allow the company to remain at its Buckinghamshire base.

The cabling and network was up and running within two months, enabling Experteye to have access to regular download and upload speeds of over 30Mb/s, which also allowed the company to use cloud-based business intelligence to improve its efficiency, capacity and performance.

TFM is dedicated to helping rural-based companies grow successful businesses regardless of their location. To find out more, get in touch today, or download our latest case study here.

TFM Networks Ltd (TFM) is a market leading, business only, Telecom Provider, which offers a complete range of business only services from traditional telephone lines and mobiles, right through to integrated IT communication solutions ,voice and data networks, and access technologies including ADSL, FTTC, Leased Lines, EFM Circuits, Ethernet over Fibre and 3G.
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