Virgin Media Business has announced that 2,000 small businesses in Birmingham will receive an ultrafast broadband boost.
As one of the UK’s leading tech hubs, Birmingham has been identified by Virgin Media Business as an area that would benefit from ultrafast connectivity, with upload and download speeds that will enable businesses to operate more effectively.
Birmingham’s bustling Jewellery Quarter, Colmore Business District, Hagley Road and Broad Street are all set to receive these equal upload and download speeds of up to 100Mbps at an affordable price. Similar packages have previously been launched in London’s Tech City and Manchester’s Norther Quarter.
Through a package that has been designed to support the connectivity needs of businesses located in multi-tenanted buildings, 2,000 businesses in Birmingham across 250 buildings will receive access to faster, cheaper, and more reliable dedicated internet connections.
“Birmingham is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading digital tech clusters and as such needs reliable, secure, high speed internet access. Better connectivity can transform the way small businesses operate and the services they provide, allowing them to seize the chance to become digital leaders,” Mike Smith, Director of SME at Virgin Media Business said.
Councillor Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability for Birmingham City Council added: “Birmingham has the highest number of start-ups in the UK, second only to London. Our economy is underpinned by a vibrant SME community and access to digital technology and faster connectivity is essential in ensuring they continue to thrive. We welcome Virgin Media Business’ new digital investment that will boost speeds for our small businesses, allowing them to take advantage of the digital opportunities tech provides.”
Over the coming years, Virgin Media is investing £3 billion in its infrastructure to bring faster connectivity to nearly 17 million UK homes and businesses.