High-speed network an ‘important step’ for town

BUSINESSES in the town are set to benefit from a new, high-speed communications network.

British Telecom’s Ethernet network is aimed at medium-sized businesses, shops, schools and other organisations and is designed to save time and money.

Hawick will be joining Galashiels and Peebles, which have already been upgraded for Ethernet. Advances in technology mean the service is available at a fraction of the cost of a comparable one provided previously by a similar, traditional private network.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This is an important step forward for Hawick. Ethernet allows organisations to connect to their sites and customers locally, around the UK and internationally on an extremely secure and reliable network.

“It will also help public sector organisations run even more efficient networks, saving money and protecting public services.

“For any company consider-ing investing locally, high-speed Ethernet is attractive, while it can help existing businesses work and communicate more effectively.”

Customers can choose Ethernet speeds between one megabit per second (Mbps) and 10 Gigabits per second (Gbits), depending on their needs.