Spitfire, the internet telephony service provider and ISP, has announced that the Governmentbacked ‘SuperConnected Cities’ programme is to be continued until the end of March 2016.
‘SuperConnected Cities’ provides businesses with up to £3,000 towards the installation cost of Ethernet connections. The scheme was originally available to businesses in 22 cities, but has now been extended to 50 towns and cities as part of a drive to provide superfast internet access to 95% of the UK by 2017.
Spitfire is one of only 20 suppliers out of several hundred vendors participating in the programme that is able to pre-approve application vouchers. Customers applying for an Ethernet installation grant through the scheme do not need to get competitive quotes for installation work or local authority approval, as Spitfie can authorise the entire installation process itself.
A range of Ethernet services are available. For businesses that rely on an internet connection, Pure Ethernet over fire offers flexible bandwidths of up to 10Gbps and symmetrical speeds of 100Mbps with 99.9% uptime guaranteed. Alternatively, EFM (Ethernet First Mile) is available in un-contended bandwidths up to 35Mb.
Ethernet can be deployed as part of a larger data networking solution using a state of the art MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) network. This provides a secure, low-cost voice and data link between two or more sites, for example branch offices of the same company, where high volumes of data and guaranteed voice service provision are a requirement.
Spitfire sales director Tom Fellowes said: “This is a great opportunity for business customers in major urban areas to benefit from Ethernet connectivity. Experience demonstrates that once customers install Ethernet they are able to access a range of cloud-based services, such as hosted telephony, storage and applications, that cut costs and raise productivity. Interested customers should contact us now to take advantage of this generous time-limited government scheme.”
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