As we settle in to 2018, we’ve been thinking about our mission here at IFB HQ (we’re talking rocket launching mission style) and we’ve concluded that it’s simple: we want to be better and faster in everything that we do – and that means delivering the best service to our customers, to help their businesses perform the way they need them to.
Part of that is also to blast some of the misconceptions about the connectivity shortage and give reassurance that you can get the connectivity you need to your business. So, if your business needs better connectivity, we can get you there faster… buckle up and hear from our CEO, Graeme Gordon:
Firstly, let me set the record straight – we love connectivity, it drives and is driven by just about everything we do every single day and it’s central to the services IFB provides across the UK and beyond.
In fact, a key aspect of our mission is to deliver great connectivity more of the time – we particularly like the huge Ultrafast connectivity which is in much greater demand as it’s needed to make digital homes and cities, workplaces and spaces more than a virtual reality.
That’s why we are still really excited about being CityFibre’s first Scottish partner and still delivering pure fibre connections – that’s fibre from us to you without any old copper in the way.
Also, now that we are part of the Gigabit Voucher Scheme, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), we can help deliver gigabit speeds to more businesses across the UK. The scheme gives eligible SMEs the opportunity to receive between £500 and £3,000 to help double their connectivity across speeds and is helping IFB customers in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Adur, Arun, Bath and North-East Somerset, Bradford, Bristol, City of, Calderdale, Chichester, Coventry, Crawley, Horsham, Kirklees, Leeds, Mid Sussex, North Warwickshire, Wakefield, and Worthing.
We are experts in connectivity – it’s what we do and have been doing for over 20 years, to over 900 organisations – helping to get customers connected, keeping them connected. IFB has and still does do it over wireless, copper and fibre in to, or as near as, to your premises so you get the service you need.
So, I am a little perplexed about a lot of the chat recently around there being a connectivity shortage here, starved of connectivity there, and I can’t get enough connectivity to do what I want to do. Especially when this comes from experts in our industry.
Yes, there are some difficult to get to places out there and in some surprising spaces, in the same way that there are some difficult places to drive to, or get main water or sewage service or gas.
We recently carried out a desktop survey to relevant business postcodes across the UK (yes, we are a little geeky like that) and guess what? We could deliver full Gigabit services using a variety of services and technologies, but of course at varying costs.
So, what's my point?
If you want great connectivity, it is already here – Aberdeen, Scotland, the UK –has always had great levels of business connectivity available and more importantly in business use.
Hopefully this has helped to clear up some of the misconceptions out there, but if you’re still unsure, I’d be happy to have a chat.