Businesses set for high speed Ethernet

A new, high-speed communications network designed to save businesses, shops, schools and other organisations time and money is being expanded in Scotland by BT with Brechin one of eight towns set to benefit from this stage of the expansion.

The upgrades, due to be completed by the Spring, allows medium-sized businesses and other organisations to opt for the guaranteed broadband speed of their choice over their own dedicated line using BT’s sophisticated Ethernet technology.

Customers can choose Ethernet speeds between one megabit per second (Mbps) and 10 Gigabits per second (Gbits), depending on their needs. At the top rate of 10Gbits the system is capable of transmitting an astonishing 10 billion bits of information per second.

Advances in technology mean the service is available at a fraction of the cost of a comparable one provided previously by a similar, traditional private network.

The BT technology is already live in more than 90 Scottish locations including Forfar, Arbroath, Montrose, Perth and parts of Dundee. Another 19 Scottish exchange areas are also due to be upgraded, including the eight announced earlier this week.

Medium-sized organisations using voice, data, video and other bandwidth-hungry applications across more than one site are the most likely users. The highly flexible system can be easily expanded as a business or organisation grows.

Ethernet is available on an open, wholesale basis to all communications companies providing business services.

It is already being used by many mobile phone operators to address the explosive growth in demand for mobile data services across the UK.

The announcement was welcomed by Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North and Mearns, who said: “I give a warm welcome to this announcement from BT.

“Fast broadband internet connections are vital to business. They open up new employment opportunities in rural areas like my constituency.

“It makes Brechin an even more attractive place for people to grow their businesses.

“The BT announcement represents real progress and I look forward to the day when fast broadband is as universally available as the post. It’s a vital part of our communications infrastructure.”

This expansion of Ethernet is in addition to the £2.5 billion BT roll-out of super-fast fibre-based broadband, expected to reach two-thirds of the UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014.