The collaboration between two of Scotland’s most renowned telecommunications companies will bring fibre broadband connections to businesses across the Borders; a region in which connectivity has historically lacked behind the central belt.
Bringing the Borders up to Speed
GB Technologies, which is headquartered in Galashiels, will collaborate with Commsworld to provide what it claims will be a “next generation network” capable of delivering speeds 500 times faster than the average UK broadband connection.
The Galashiels-based firm is a SME with over 30 years experience in the telecommunications and IT industry. The firm’s long-term presence in the Borders, it is hoped, will enable it to provide a service that is perfectly tailored to meet the challenges and needs of local communities.
The new network will be dedicated entirely to business users, allowing businesses across the region to access broadband without having to contend with residential users. An issue which can drastically decrease connection speeds.
According to GB Technologies, every area in the Borders will have access to the network, enabling greater upload speeds, easier transfer of files and boosting cloud connectivity exponentially.
The network can also detect the shortest direct route from the Borders, bypassing the 600-mile round trip to datacentres around London – an issue that can also contribute to poor network speeds.
Charlie Boisseau, Chief Operating Officer at Commsworld says this will help revolutionise network connectivity in the Borders, stating: “This kind of network is able to identify the most efficient route when two connected users are trying to speak to each other – a bit like being in Galashiels and using the A7 to get to Hawick, rather than taking a detour via London.”
Ensuring that borders businesses have comparable digital connectivity to their counterparts elsewhere in Scotland is essential to the region. As Scotland and its economy become increasingly digitised, businesses in the Borders cannot risk being left behind.
Boisseau also believes that this will help the Borders retain businesses in an increasingly data-reliant world while attracting further investment in the region.
He said: “The work GB Technologies is doing is fantastic and we are always incredibly eager to work with quality partners based in the areas we are providing connectivity for.
“The next generation network is a great example of what a collaborative and local approach can do for the customers in less densely populated areas.
Gordon Brown, Founder and Chairman of GB Technologies said: “The infrastructure now in place in the Scottish Borders has the potential to have a transformative effect on the region’s business landscape.”
Brown noted that collaboration with another Scottish-based firm was highly beneficial, providing a more personalised service than if they were to work with a multinational organisation.
He said: “For us, working with another Scottish business rather than a multinational brings a number of benefits to us and our customers.
“The personal service we receive and the focus on providing a genuinely Scottish network enables us to provide local firms with a package that provides speeds that some of the larger network providers are not interested in or able to offer.”