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Fast broadband for Berkshire business parks thanks to WarwickNet

Friday, February 19th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Companies at three business parks in Berkshire can now access fibre broadband thanks to a partnership between the county’s superfast rollout and provider WarwickNet.

As part of a wider rollout of fibre services, Superfast Berkshire has been identifying businesses around the county in need of improved connectivity.

After signing a deal with business park specialist WarwickNet, sites at Winnersh Triangle in Wokingham (pictured), and at Bennett Road and Cradock Road in Reading have now ‘gone live’.

Firms on the three sites can now choose from a range of options including business broadband up to 100Mbps and high-capacity leased lines.

Thomas Smith, business development manager at WarwickNet, said: “Broadband connections in city centre locations tend to be improving but sourcing the same business-grade facilities in out-of-town areas remains difficult.

“That’s why we specialise in supplying businesses operating from industrial estates and business parks, giving them the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.”

Mr Smith said even in built-up areas such as Reading, there are often still connectivity ‘black spots’.

“When Superfast Berkshire told us that businesses on Bennett Road and Cradock Road were receiving speeds as slow as 2Mbps, we were happy to step in and provide the solutions they needed,” he added.

'Ambitions'

“We’ve already signed up a number of customers across the three sites and look forward to continuing to work with Superfast Berkshire to provide increased connectivity to businesses in need.”

Reading Borough Council leader Jo Lovelock said: “We welcome the investment and innovation from technology companies such as WarwickNet in helping to deliver superfast broadband infrastructure into our business parks which directly supports our local business economy and helps to achieve a key superfast broadband availability target for the council.”

Cllr Stuart Munro, deputy executive member for economic development and finance at Wokingham Borough Council, added: “This is a significant investment in improving broadband connectivity in our area and is key to securing our ambitions for economic growth.

“In addition to improving the quality and speed of the coverage, it will also provide businesses with more choice and will help ensure our local economy remains competitive.”

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