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03 June 2014

Can Tech City deliver reliable fast internet for startup businesses?

Technology companies based in London’s Tech City are struggling to access high-speed fibre-optic broadband, which is dramatically affecting their prosperity. The London Evening Standard reported earlier this week that entrepreneurs in London’s Silicon Roundabout are becoming increasingly frustrated by fibre, having to turn to dongles and copper wire connections in order to run their tech businesses. Some startups claim there is no access to fibre optic broadband in the Tech City area of London. Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier told the newspaper: “We have some of the most technically focused companies relying on copper. I spoke to an entrepreneur who had to leave the area because the internet was so slow.” Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, told Computer Weekly that the rapidly growing startup community in London needs a robust infrastructure to facilitate continued growth. “This is especially true when the sector in question is technology,” he said. The founder of the independent private sector group said ...

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