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Coventry office block gets gigabit broadband connection

Monday, November 30th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A Coventry office block has become one of the best-connected workplaces in the country thanks to a new gigabit broadband connection.

The CV5 building at Coventry Business Park has become the latest business premises to be served by broadband provider WarwickNet.

Firms based in the building can now access internet speeds up to 1Gbps – 10 times faster than current business-grade broadband.

CV5 has benefited from new powers granted to WarwickNet by the telecoms regulator Ofcom.

Code Powers allow the company to lay infrastructure on business parks that suffer from poor connectivity without the landlord’s approval.

WarwickNet has also started laying fibre cables in existing ducts owned by BT, enabling it to provide high-speed fibre to the CV5 building.

Earlier this year, WarwickNet became the first internet service provider in the UK to commercially deploy vectoring – a new technology for VDSL which avoids interference and reduces congestion by up to 30%.

The technology also offers the company a competitive edge over larger national providers.

'The world at their feet'

Ben King, CEO of WarwickNet, said: “As a relatively small company, we have been agile enough to access some of these enabling powers ahead of our larger competitors and the major beneficiaries are businesses such as those in the CV5 building on Coventry Business Park who now have the world at their feet in terms of their ability to compete on an even playing field.

“Although this is great news, we still have a long way to go in terms of getting UK business parks the bandwidth they desperately want and need.

“We have ambitious plans to offer this sort of capability across hundreds of UK business parks which will be a real game changer in terms of our nation’s competitiveness and will contribute to greater internal investment as businesses relocate to parks that offer this level of connectivity as a hygiene factor.”

WarwickNet provides internet to a large number of business parks and industrial estates across the UK, with points of presence throughout the West Midlands, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Surrey.

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