There are now some 6,000 Cornish business customers using BT’s superfast broadband services in the county, the firm has revealed in a new report.
BT added that around 200 new firms hook up to the network every month as the rollout reaches further across the county, and that more than 600 new jobs have been created as a result.
The jobs claim is based on information from 220 existing customers, who said having better broadband had boosted their profits and helped them to retain more staff and even take on new employees.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey welcomed the figures as proof the rollout of broadband was vital for the UK’s future prosperity.
“This exciting technology is essential to modern business life whether you are a high-tech startup or an established family firm in an industry such as tourism or manufacturing – and it will become even more essential in the increasingly ‘connected world’ of the future,” he said.
“It is heartening to see the way Cornish firms are embracing the new technology, finding ways to make it work effectively for them and creating jobs.”
One business touted as a good example of the benefits superfast broadband provides is PBWC Architects, a St Ives-based company of 16 people.
It is using its superfast connection for video conferencing and for sending and receiving large data files via the cloud, as director Rachael Gaunt explained.
“Superfast fibre broadband has been fantastic for our business. It has allowed us to become industry leaders and develop new markets, leading to increased profitability and new jobs,” she said.
“We are recruiting an additional two members of staff as a direct result of fibre broadband and new technology.”
Ranulf Scarbrough, Superfast Cornwall programme director for BT, said BT had now reached 90 percent of premises in the county, and the results were clear to see.
“They [businesses] are using the great benefits of superfast broadband to offer their products and services far and wide,” he said.
“Cornwall might be a county in the far South West of England, but it is very much at the forefront of the UK’s superfast broadband revolution.”
In late 2012 V3 heard from other Cornish firms about how they are using the new superfast connections, such as a pub providing video-linked wine-tasting courses via the vineyards of France and New Zealand.
27 May 2014 | 10:02 am – Source: v3.co.uk