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Broadband nightmares: FarrPoint believes investment from small suppliers can spark change

A lack of good broadband often hinders growth and companies’ ability to support new contracts and associated data exchanges, FarrPoint exclaimed. But we could be on the verge of change.
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You’ll likely know the average residential broadband package won’t keep up with your company’s Internet requirements. Pricier business packages offer numerous advantages, telecoms consultancy FarrPoint claimed, but it is often not enough.

As it stands, there are companies that can’t grow due to tools mostly being offline and weak connections prevent staff from various corners of the globe from communicating. It’s not like we haven’t made great strides in the broadband space, according to Jean-Donan Olliero. There is, however, still much left to be desired.

Olliero is principal consultant at FarrPoint, and he’s the latest business leader to unveil his thoughts on UK broadband.

1) Please describe your company in your own words

FarrPoint is an IT infrastructure and technology consultancy. We are independent from manufacturers and service providers so our sole focus is on delivering the best outcome for clients. Our core functions cover the delivery of strategies and high-level designs, specification and sourcing, delivery management and investment reviews. We specialise in enterprise technology, smart services, digital infrastructure, security design, governance and compliance.

2) Where does broadband fit into your business?

Broadband is a key focus for FarrPoint. We provide technical and commercial support to a number of local authorities and government agencies across the UK for investment in extending the availability of broadband to residents and SMEs. We are therefore familiar with the market, technologies and commercials involved with delivering broadband in a range of geographies. We also provide advice to firms that rely on the availability of broadband circuits or, when not available, need to procure alternative connectivity from the market.

As an SME, we rely on connectivity ourselves for all our operations: internet access, email, telephony, data storage, cloud-based applications, etc. from the office, from home or on the move.

3) Would you consider it to be vital?

Absolutely – connectivity is vital to all companies of all sizes. It allows employees to remain in contact and perform their job wherever they are. SMEs in particular tend to rely heavily on cloud-based applications and services rather than incurring the capital costs from hosting tools, relying even more on connectivity. Broadband plays a vital role in supporting these connectivity needs at affordable prices.

4) What difficulties have you seen companies face with it?

Availability of acceptable connectivity is a key issue for businesses. SMEs in particular, are less likely to be able to afford tailored leased line connectivity in places where good broadband circuits are not available. The lack of good broadband often hinders growth and companies’ ability to support scaling up of staff base, new contracts and associated data exchanges.

FarrPoint unveils its thoughts on UK broadband

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Shané Schutte

Shané Schutte is a senior reporter at Real Business, with a particular specialism in employment and business law, human resources, information technology and sales/marketing.

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