Blinded by the light? Exploiting superfast broadband for business
In the digitally re-mastered economy, the demand for network speed, capacity and resilience is heading in only one direction: faster, higher, stronger. But how can businesses exploit the UK's rapidly-developing Superfast Broadband network without breaking the bank? Peru's Steve Watson offers some helpful hints.
For businesses with a large footprint of distributed locations, for example in the retail and financial services sectors, the need to keep pace with demand is compounded by the challenges of implementing such a large-scale network.
High-speed, low-cost fibre optic broadband, could provide a literal light at the end of the tunnel. Also known as superfast broadband, over a typical five-year period a site using fibre optic broadband could save between £10,000-£20,000 than an equivalent enterprise-level fibre solution such as Ethernet leased lines. Applied that to 1,000 locations and there are some significant savings to be made.
In fact, superfast broadband coverage across the UK targeted to reach 95% by the end of 2017, helped by development from local authorities and other large public sector organisations through the Broadband Deliver UK (BDUK) Programme. Now the scene is set for commercial businesses with large distributed networks to benefit, so long as they avoid some major bear traps when planning the transition.
There are three key factors to maximising the Superfast Broadband opportunity:
Steve Watson is a Principal Consultant at Peru Consulting and specialises in IT Transformation and Commercial Strategy. He has worked with organisations including British Airways, BT, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Travis Perkins.