The push for high speed broadband across the UK received another boost recently when it was announced that businesses in Leeds could benefit from a new 100Mbit/s high speed broadband network that has been installed by telecoms firm aql.
The figure represents speeds at what the firm claims is at least 10 times faster than the national average, allowing firms to send and receive huge files in a matter of seconds, which will no doubt have gone down well.
The managing director of aql, one Adam Beaumont, underlined that the rollout would give many businesses "a head start" on competitors by offering the advantages of high-speed-working, long before the delivery of the Digital Britain promise, which was a nice dig.
"Smart businesses already realise the advantages of not waiting for their mail to download or for a file to transfer," he added.
One firm touted by aql as benefitting was VTR North, a specialist post production and editing suite firm that regularly sends large files to London. The company was one of the first to trial the network and said it had been "sending and receiving files at jaw dropping speeds".
Both Labour and the Conservatives have made various pronouncements on their desire to push high speed broadband in the UK, seeing it as a vital step in helping the country's economy meet the challenges of the future.
The Leeds network will mean that the city can boast the same speeds as its near neighbour Manchester, after it was announced earlier this year that firms there could hook up to a network installed by Geo that also offered speeds of 100Mbit/s.
Geo's chief exec said at the time that he believed the model of funding high speed rollouts for businesses was somewhat revolutionary for the industry but in time could become the norm, as means of complementing the government's proposed rollouts.
While it's undoubtedly good news for the north that these high speed networks are coming to fruition it remains to be seen how the rest of the country will ever get such speeds, with little firm agreement on the best way to push further deployments.
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