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New need for speed

Cloud services have driven demand for faster broadband and more resilient connectivity, rescuing the market from commodity services and a race to the bottom. Ian Campbell reports.

1st July, 2018
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Aidan D’Arcy, Head of Business Services at Virgin Media Picture Jason Clarke

With the media coverage around the government’s never-ending attempts to fix the rural broadband deficit, it’s easy to forget that the market for business connectivity has been evolving at a rapid pace for nearly 20 years, achieving a significant level of maturity. Most companies now have access to high-speed broadband, typically accessing speeds of 100-200Mbps courtesy of fibre backbones provided by Eir, Enet, Siro, Virgin and BT.

With maturity comes the...

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