Virgin Media Business has announced a new line-up of broadband packages aimed at helping small to medium businesses (SMBs) to get started online or to expand their digital strategy. The new offerings complement its online Big Digital Skills Hub filled with advice from experts, which the firm launched this month.
Available immediately, the new broadband packages include Red Value, aimed at ‘digitally aware' companies, Red Speed for the ‘digitally enabled' and Red Performance for businesses that are ‘digitally dependent', according to the firm.
Virgin Media claims Red Speed is one of the fastest broadband offerings available for the business market, based on the 152Mbps service that Virgin Media rolled out earlier this year and costs £60 per month. Red Value provides 50Mbps at a price of £50 per month. Both offer customers unlimited usage and incur a £50 installation charge.
Meanwhile, the Red Performance package provides a managed internet access service with upstream and downstream capacities of 30Mbps up to 100Mbps.
All Red Performance options come with free installation, two months' free line rental and a six-hour service sevel agreement (SLA), with prices starting at £500 per month. The SLA means that if there is a fault with the service, Virgin Media guarantees to fix it within six hours.
Mike Smith, director of SMB at Virgin Media Business, said that small to medium-sized firms should be regarded as the engine of the economy, but that government and the rest of the industry needs to look at ways they can provide more support for this sector.
"Today we are launching new packages for SMEs that are simple, clear and provide much needed flexibility as businesses grow. Not only that, we can now offer one of the fastest available broadband packages for businesses with Red Speed. With simpler products, better skills and backing from the top, the UK's businesses will grow faster and that can only be good for the whole economy," he said.
Earlier this month, Virgin Media Business also launched its Big Digital Skills Hub, a free learning website filled with advice from experts aimed to help SMEs better use technology to boost their business. Virgin Media said the move continues its focus during 2014 on supporting small, growing businesses.
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