New high-speed fibre connectivity to slash internet costs for UK firms

Fife wireless networking specialist launches a new, more cost effective internet solution for businesses which work in close proximity, such as retail and business parks 

Collaboration is key, according to Rapier Systems, which says that working together is the way to benefit from much lower running costs.
The wireless networking specialist, which is based in Lochgelly, says most businesses are still paying over the odds and waiting too long for high-speed internet access via leased lines. To counteract the problem, it has launched rapierbusinessconnect (rbc), a new service designed to cut the cost for businesses that work together.
It claims its new service allows many businesses to get high speed broadband access at a fraction of the cost of leased lines and that by working together, each business benefits from much lower running costs. Basically, the more businesses which are involved, the better value it is for each.
Rapier says the solution is ideal for businesses based in retail, business or innovation parks where they can share a common high-speed fibre link.
Managing director Richard Watson said: “Every business today needs reliable, fast and secure Internet access. However, the cost of traditional leased lines can be prohibitive, especially when installation and annual running costs are included. Then there is the wait to consider – we’ve had a customer waiting over a year for a fibre connection. rbc comes with guaranteed internet access speeds and the only annual costs are for support.
“We take care of everything from site surveys and installation through to commissioning and connections can be in place within days, not weeks, months or years.”
rbc is available at speeds up to 1Gb/sec from £49.99 per month. There is a one-off standard installation fee, which is typically £400.
One organisation which says it’s already seeing the benefits of rbc is Angus Council, which has installed the service at its Orchardbank Business Park in Forfar.
Not only do businesses on the park benefit but the service is accessible to any organisation within range of the wireless transmitter. The Council is now looking to extend the service offering across other parks in Angus.
Although headquartered in Fife, Rapier has offices in Cambridgeshire and has designed and delivered some of the most innovative wireless solutions in the UK, including the largest metropolitan area wireless network in Scotland and one of the largest county-wide wireless networks in England.
Rapier also delivered the 1st fully licensed Gigabit wireless link in the UK.


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