More than 60 businesses at St. Modwen’s Longbridge Technology Park have some of the world’s fastest internet speeds at their fingertips thanks to the roll out of hyperfast fibre broadband.
Tenants can now achieve connections as fast as 1000 megabits (1Gig) per second or higher. Such speeds could enable an album to be downloaded in 0.6 seconds, 500 photos to be downloaded in 21 seconds, and an HD movie in 43 seconds.
St. Modwen has installed the broadband technology to ensure Longbridge Technology Park remains one of the West Midlands’ leading tech hubs for businesses at the forefront of their industries. The move is part of the £8 million Longbridge Connectivity Package, which will see the community benefit from an extensive programme of digital and physical improvements.
Longbridge Technology Park comprises Innovation Centre and Two Devon Way, which cater for dynamic start-ups and growing business. James Teal, manager of the Innovation Centre, said: “The rollout of hyperfast broadband further boosts the Park’s connectivity credentials and enables our tech enterprises to innovate, approach new markets and grow in in an increasingly global marketplace. It also helps us attract new companies, especially heavy-use operations such as data centres, E-commerce and data mining companies and internet exchange points.”
New Innovation Centre tenant Offsite Servers, which specialises in professional cloud hosting services with clients across the globe, said the new hyperfast broadband was one of the main reasons for their relocation to Longbridge in April 2015.
Offsite Servers director Philip Base said: “We’ve had roots in Birmingham since 2000 so it’s great to be at Longbridge. We wanted to be part of a technology hub and take advantage of the network of contacts and latest digital infrastructure that comes with it.”
Along with hyperfast broadband, the Longbridge Connectivity Package will see a range of transport improvements including an upgrade to Longbridge Rail Station, an M42 Connectivity Scheme with improvements to Longbridge Lane and enhanced links to the north and east of the city. A cycle link scheme, new bus interchange, park and ride facilities and provision of real time transport information using plasma display screens will also be provided.
St. Modwen, Centro, the LEP and Birmingham City Council, in collaboration with the Longbridge Connectivity Group, were granted funding from the Government’s Growth Deal in March 2014 for the Longbridge Connectivity Package.