Spectrum Internet delivers first Super Connected Gigabit Building in Cardiff

Spectrum Internet MD Giles Phelps with Kathy Fox, MD of The Maltings and Nick Williams, Chair of The Maltings

Spectrum Internet today announces that it has delivered the first ‘Gigabit’ building in Cardiff. The iconic grade II listed building ‘The Maltings’ near the city centre, has been the first building to be completely flooded with fibre optic broadband. This provides every tenant the opportunity to have a direct connection to an ultrafast service.

The Gigabit service will transform the way businesses in The Maltings operate and provide a platform for innovation; enabling services that are only possible with superfast speeds such as video conferencing and VoIP, removing time limitations on information sharing and benefiting from cost savings that come from services such as Cloud based applications.

The ultrafast service has been provided following funding supplied by the Super Connected Cardiff scheme from Cardiff Council.  Local Internet Service Provider, Spectrum Internet, has provided a Fibre-to-the-Premise solution to The Maltings supplying the building with broadband speeds up to 1Gbps. Jim Smart, Director of the Smart City Initiative from Cardiff Council, commented “Fibre optic broadband is driving business growth throughout the UK and we are committed to making this service more accessible for Cardiff businesses through the connection voucher scheme”.

By submitting a collective Super Connected funding application, 14 businesses in the Maltings are now benefiting from the new ultrafast speeds and many more of its tenants are set to follow.

Gareth Oram, Office Manager of The Maltings said “We’ve had a recent £3m refurbishment which means The Maltings now offers high tech luxury Self-Managed and Fully Serviced offices that will now benefit from super-fast broadband”.  He added “The new Gigabit service that Spectrum Internet has installed has future-proofed the building which is resulting in huge efficiencies for our tenants. This service not only completes our offering of providing ultra-modern services in a 19th century setting but is also generating increased interest from prospective tenants”.

Spectrum Internet is a registered supplier for Super Connected Cardiff and is helping a number of businesses in the city. Giles Phelps, Managing Director said “The Maltings is an excellent example of how businesses can collectively pool their funding together for a superior solution to be delivered, rather than applying for funding individually”.

Cardiff is to become one of the first 10 cities in the UK to become ‘super-connected’ as part of the Government’s multi-million pound investment in ultrafast broadband. The scheme offers SMEs a free broadband connection voucher up to the value of £3000 and is due to finish in 2015.