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Speedy offers site broadband

27 Sep 11 Plant and tool hire company Speedy has expanded its service offering to include internet connectivity for construction sites.

Speedy claims to be able to have sites fully connected in five working days -  a fraction of the time offered by most providers. 

Major contractors Carillion and Balfour Beatty are among the first to use the Speedy Sky service. It has also been launched internationally and will be available across most of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Speedy Sky is available via ka-band satellite and can offer download speeds of up to 10MB and uploads speeds of up to 2MB, even in remote locations such as wind farm sites.    

Speedy developed the product in response to typical problems faced by contractors including delays in the installation of a physical infrastructure, prohibitive excess installation charges, short term sites and slow connection speeds using 3G or other connection methods.  The service has a four-week minimum contract period, after which it can be switched off at any time, includes all hardware and on-site support and can be set up in just a few days.

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Outsourced IT services, including hosted VOIP and hosted Microsoft services including Dynamics, Exchange, Sharepoint and Lync can also be provided for contractors without this infrastructure already in place.

Speedy Asset Services director Mike Pirozek said: “Modern construction sites present a unique communications challenge. Most are transient, and many are on greenfield land where traditional communications infrastructure has not been installed.

“Yet, like any modern workplace, construction sites must have access to high speed, reliable broadband in order to function effectively. Waiting for a land survey to be conducted and cables to be installed can cause significant delays to projects - it can often take between 90-120 days for communications infrastructure to be installed. Yet for some contractors, being offline means they simply cannot do their job. With Speedy Sky, this doesn’t have to be the case.”

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