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Cambridge Ahead initiative to propel the region to hyper-connected status

A team from Cambridge Ahead has produced a new tool to help businesses make the right capital decision on network infrastructure capacity and connectivity – a key driver of success in a digital economy.

The Connecting Cambridge Project Team, made up of entrepreneurs and people from businesses, councils and universities in the county, has created the Broadband Capacity Matrix, which helps businesses identify their needs based on their likely usage and number of employees.

Announcing the initiative, Faye Holland, chair of the Connecting Cambridge group, said,

“The requirements and options for business-level internet connectivity have changed immensely over recent years and there is often a lack of understanding as to what level of connectivity a company should be implementing to meet their needs. The matrix provides businesses simple guidance on the levels of connectivity capacity requirements appropriate to their needs”.

The matrix is one of a set of projects aimed at making Cambridge a significant hyper-connected city.

The Connecting Cambridge team is also working on a crowd-sourced initiative to identify where there are points of connectivity weakness – whether mobile, wireless or fixed. This project is due to go live in March and will work with network operators to improve any areas identified as ‘not-spots’.

Holland said the group aims to leverage activities already underway in the region, such as the Connecting Cambridgeshire broadband rollout, the University network and wireless infrastructure, and then helping to fill gaps.

Find out more about the Connecting Cambridge project.

Read other media coverage at

http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/news/infrastructure/matrix-turn-cambridge-not-spots-hotspots

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-Ahead-plugging-broadband-gaps/story-28520797-detail/story.html

https://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/cambridge-ahead-initiative-to-propel-the-region-to-hyper-con9595/