As the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) adopt more hybrid and flexible ways of working in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is accelerating a move towards cloud-based services like Office 365 and Zoom, a move that also brings with it a greater demand for bandwidth.
For many businesses however, this currently means putting even greater pressure on their outdated and unreliable copper-based connection, because historically the only other choice available to them has been the leap to a much more costly leased line service that most SMEs are just not able or ready to commit to.
This unenviable choice between poor copper and expensive high-end services has cost businesses valuable time and money, with 38 hours a year on average being lost due to slow or dropped connections…a failure which is costing the UK a whopping £11 billion per annum (or the entire GDP of Mozambique)!
And the stakes couldn’t be higher, with SMEs making up 99.9% percent of businesses in the UK and accounting for three-fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK private sector, it is their success that is crucial to the country’s economic recovery and long-term success. (Federation of Small Businesses, 2021: https://www.fsb.org.uk/uk-small-business-statistics.html)
But all is not lost. For SMEs looking for a resilient solution that meets all their connectivity requirements today, but also gives them the foundations to future-proof their business as they look to grow in the future, there is now the option of a Business FTTP service, powered by CityFibre and available via Deep Blue.
The UK’s largest independent digital infrastructure platform is looking to bridge the gap between basic consumer-grade connections and high-end services.
So why is this service such a game-changer for SMEs:
- Incredibly affordable price point
- Gigabit-capable, symmetrical speed
- Quick and easy installation
- Compared to copper-based services, Full Fibre is less likely to be disturbed once it’s in the ground and doesn’t suffer any variation from poorer weather elements
- Robust SLAs providing fast response and fix times
- Full Fibre service meaning it isn’t impacted by the PSTN switch off in 2025