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BT Agrees Broadband ΓÇÿBulletΓÇÖ for Small Businesses in the West Midlands

BT Agrees Broadband ΓÇÿBulletΓÇÖ for Small Businesses in the West Midlands

Small businesses in the West Midlands are to receive faster broadband services, following a £10m agreement between BT and Solihull firm The Convergence Group.

The five-year deal will provide broadband of up to 10mbps for thousands of SMEs in the region, allowing faster access at a fraction of the usual cost.

Named ‘Bullet’, the new system works by taking advantage of BT’s Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) ΓÇô part of BT’s 21st Century Network ΓÇô and delivers faster broadband to businesses operating within a mile of their BT exchange.
SMEs can use as much or as little of the 10mbps as they need, and pay for what they need.

The system improves the performance of other applications such as cloud computing or remote worker connections ΓÇô thereby adding a virtual or ‘future proof‘ element. The importance of this has become marked following the chaos caused by heavy snow earlier this year, then followed by Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud which wreaked havoc on global travel.

According to TheBusinessDesk, Neal Harrison, managing director of Convergence Group, said: “Traditionally, the Ethernet delivery system has only been available at a premium, which has priced out the majority of SMEs.

“It’s meant that whilst larger businesses can operate at greater efficiency, smaller firms are left at the mercy of a slower, less reliable service that can fluctuate, costing them vital time and money.”

He continued: “For the first time, Bullet is going to offer enterprise-level technology to SMEs at a fraction of the cost. We’re very excited about giving West Midlands businesses the opportunity to benefit before we roll it out nationally later in the year.”

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