High-Speed Broadband Spreads to Rural Isle of Wight Thanks To C4L and Natural Enterprise
Bournemouth, UK, 15th March 2012: C4L today announced that it is helping Natural Enterprise, a not-for-profit organisation, provide and guarantee high-speed internet to rural areas on the Isle of Wight as part of the Yarmouth Broadband project. Beginning with the town of Yarmouth, C4L is providing Natural Enterprise with a 100MBps wireless connection between the Yarmouth Exchange and C4L’s own connection to the UK network in Bournemouth. As a result Natural Enterprise can offer households and businesses in the Yarmouth area high-speed connections of up to 3 times more than previous speeds, allowing both home users and businesses a level of communication that was previously limited to those in certain urban areas.
“Rural high-speed broadband is essential if we’re to stop Britain from becoming a society of online haves and have-nots,” said Graham Biss, Managing Director at Natural Enterprise. “Since traditional service providers are limited to providing connectivity in urban areas that their networks can easily reach, the rest of the island’s population of 140,000 must find other means to get online. Whether through the actions of local councils or initiatives such as the Rural Communities Broadband Fund, we have to find ways to provide the connections that will stop these people being left behind. In this respect, C4L is providing an essential lifeline for us in helping to make the whole of the Isle of Wight a viable spot to live or do business online.”
Natural Enterprise’s goal to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas on the Isle of Wight has begun with the Yarmouth Broadband project. This will bring high-speed connections to 1,200 premises in the area, both commercial and residential. As a result, these premises will see their broadband speeds more than tripled from the current average of less than 2MBps. Natural Enterprise’s aim is to use the Yarmouth Broadband project as a proving ground before pushing high-speed broadband to those of the Isle of Wight’s population who cannot benefit from high urban broadband speeds.
C4L is providing the project with a 50MBps wireless transit between the Yarmouth Exchange and the UK broadband network, via C4L’s Bournemouth data centre. As a result, Natural Enterprise has direct access to the UK network via C4L’s own fibre network and also has the spare capacity to expand its services beyond the Yarmouth exchange when needed. C4L has provided Natural Enterprise with two such wireless transits, meaning that Natural Enterprise has not only excess capacity but also a redundant connection with the network in case one is severed. Since C4L owns all points in the connection it can provide the service at a low cost, meaning that Natural Enterprise doesn’t need to take the choice of either absorbing high costs or passing them on to consumers.
“As we march into the 21st century, high-speed broadband continues to move from being a luxury to a necessity,” said Matt Hawkins, MD, C4L. “If Britain is to become a true information economy everyone in the country must have the same ability to access, manipulate and share data. As a result, projects such as Yarmouth Broadband are vital to provide high-speed connections to areas that could otherwise be left behind. Of course, any network access is only as good as its connection: this is why we at C4L are proud to be providing the high-capacity, high-redundancy wireless access that will keep the Internet flowing on the Isle of Wight.”
Natural Enterprise’s high-speed broadband is currently available to premises on the Yarmouth exchange, at prices from £22.99 per month. For more information please visit www.naturalenterprise.co.uk
C4L is an internet infrastructure solutions provider and deploys a full range of services in over 40 data centres, including colocation, IP transit, interconnects, data backup, data storage, virtualisation, telecoms, disaster recovery and leased lines, to name just a few. These are all provided with C4L’s commitment to maximum uptime and customer support; featuring a 24/7 network operations centre (NOC) which is manned by trained professionals with Microsoft and Cisco qualifications.
C4L’s industry leading data centre connected network, includes sites such as Bournemouth, Slough, BlueSquare Maidenhead, BlueSquare Milton Keynes, Telehouse Metro, Telehouse North, City Lifeline and InterXion. The company is now in its 11th trading year and with a track record of 100% growth every year its client base includes Government, FTSE 250, financial institutions and many of the UK's network carriers. The business is committed to customer satisfaction and quality of service and has achieved certifications such as ISO9001 & 27001. For more information, visit www.C4L.co.uk.
About Natural Enterprise
Natural Enterprise has a passion for making a positive impact. As a company, we provide a wide range of services, both locally and regionally; from our environmental consultancy service, economic development work, extensive project delivery, through to managing European Funding Programmes.
Our team combines expertise in sustainable development, ecology, climate change adaptation, supporting business, project management, communications with the depth and range of experience to deliver practical solutions for our clients and partners. Natural Enterprise bridges the different perspectives of the public and private sectors, the economy and the environment and similarly, we can draw upon our partners to ensure that in all our work there is a clear focus on delivering the value and requirements for our clients.
Based on the Isle of Wight and as part of the Island 2000 Trust charity, Natural Enterprise’s profits are reinvested for the sole benefit of the Isle of Wight, its communities and countryside. We will continue to make a positive difference to the communities we live and work in, contributing our resource and expertise.
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