Speeding into the ether

A NEW, high-speed communications network designed to save businesses, shops, schools and other organisations time and money is now available in Girvan, BT announced this week.

The town is among the latest communities in Scotland to benefit from the upgrade.

BT’s sophisticated Ethernet technology allows medium-sized businesses and other organisations to opt for the guaranteed broadband speed of their choice over their own dedicated line.

Customers can choose Ethernet speeds between one megabit per second (Mbps) and ten Gigabits per second (Gbits), depending on their needs. At the top rate of 10Gbits, the system is capable of transmitting an 10 billion bits of information per second.

The technology has already gone live in Ayr, Kilmarnock, Ardrossan, Beith and Irvine.

Medium-sized organisations using voice, data, video and other bandwidth-hungry applications across more than one site are the most likely users.

Ethernet is available on an open, wholesale basis to all communications companies providing business services. It is already being used by many mobile phone operators to address the growth in demand for mobile data services across the UK.

Polly Purvis, executive director of ScotlandIS, the trade body for software, IT and creative technology businesses in Scotland, said: “We welcome this further investment of high-speed technology in Ayrshire and the enhancements it will make to the local communications infrastructure.

“Developments like this are key to enabling local firms and organisations across a wide variety of industry sectors to thrive and grow.”

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This is an important advance for Girvan. We believe high-speed Ethernet will make Ayrshire even more attractive to potential inward investors and help existing businesses to work and communicate more effectively.

“Ethernet gives organisations the ability to connect to their sites and customers locally, around the UK and internationally on an extremely secure and reliable network.”

The expansion of Ethernet is in addition to the £2.5 billion BT roll-out of super-fast optical fibre broadband, expected to reach two-thirds of the UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014.