DMSL, distributor of broadband connectivity and IP-based services, has welcomed plans announced by Openreach to make ultrafast broadband available to a million more SMBs in the UK as positive news, both for businesses and resellers.
As part of its plan to make high speed services available to 12 million premises in the UK by 2020, the infrastructure company has said it will provide the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and G.Fast connections to nine areas currently not serviced by fibre. This will mean an extra one million businesses will join the approximate 300,000 premises that currently have access to FTTP.
John Carter, Managing Director of DMSL said, “any new commitment to invest and deliver super-fast broadband services to more SMBs has got to be positive for both businesses and resellers. As well as giving businesses in those areas the prospect of ultrafast access, it will also encourage more competition and investment. The sooner Openreach and other providers can make ultrafast services available to all the UK’s businesses, the better.”
Three zones of London,Westminster, Holborn and the City of London, and selected parts of Bath, Bradford, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Salford, will be given access to one or both of the new services. A significant proportion of the roll-out is expected to take place over the next nine months with High Streets and business parks the main areas of focus.
The faster pace of investment and development is good news for resellers, says John, because it paves the way for additional services business.
He added, “fast broadband is the key. It opens the door to all the other managed and cloud-based services that resellers can and should now be offering to their customers. That is the future and connectivity is the entry point for everything.”