For a limited period of time, CityFibre is offering businesses free connection to the Edinburgh network to replace the Government’s Connection Voucher scheme, which has just been suspended.

Since the Government scheme began in 2014, over 40,000 businesses have used the vouchers but many potential applicants will have been caught off guard when the offer was suspended last week. As a supporter of the programme and its initiative to upgrade the nation’s business connectivity, CityFibre will waive connection fees for the Edinburgh network.

The offer for free connection to the pure fibre Edinburgh network is open to businesses within reach of CityFibre’s network and ends on November 5th.

There is strong support for the direct benefits that state-of-the-art fibre networks bring to businesses which include:

• significantly improve efficiency and productivity with ultra-fast upload and download speeds
• improved access to cloud computing and remote data storage
• seamless video conferencing
• cheaper and smarter VoIP telephony

Studies show internet-related economic activity in the UK will grow to 12.4% by next year – up from 8.3% in 2012. Despite this, Ofcom figures show nearly a fifth are unhappy at not being able to access the broadband speeds they were led to expect.

Commenting on the offer, James Thomas, director of operations at CityFibre said: “We were great supporters of the government’s connection voucher scheme as a catalyst to encourage businesses to upgrade to ultra-fast services and more modern pure fibre networks.

“We are delighted to be able to help those businesses that have missed out on the voucher, giving them a final chance to get connected to transformational services on future-proof pure fibre infrastructure in the cities we serve.”

 

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