Devon’s digital upgrade: how the local infrastructure is going superfast
Rural internet access? You might already be conjuring up imagery of the same old stereotype: pages loading at a painful crawl, image-free text failing to fill the page and connections so jittery you might as well be relying on 90’s dial-up. As for HD streaming? Forget it.
For some in Devon’s rural hinterlands, that’s a frustrating reality. Two of the county’s constituencies suffer, shall we say, unacceptable internet speeds. It’s an ongoing concern that has small communities crying out for a broadband bolster - and their plea has cross-party support.
And the good news? The West Country’s getting a broadband upgrade: a £171m investment programme to strengthen the regional internet infrastructure. Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has pledged to eradicate sluggish speeds by delivering superfast broadband to an extra 300,000 homes and businesses across the region.
The changing face of Devon’s digital landscape
We already know that Exeter is a leader in digital careers. The home city of Cathedral Appointments is endowed with a high concentration of tech companies flying the flag for the capital’s connectivity. With initiatives such as The Generator Hub and Exeter Science Park going strong, Devon’s capital is no stranger to digital innovation.
A roll-out of superfast broadband to the region’s rural communities brings fresh hope and job opportunities to businesses. Superfast broadband is finally pushing beyond the reach of our larger towns and cities, expanding into the farther villages and beach towns.
It means that the countryside needn’t miss out and dispels the notion that the West Country is the home of slow internet. It means that employment doesn’t have to start and end in the city. It means that businesses can entice the very best to the area. It means that companies can thrive without compromising on efficiency or giving up the many benefits of rural life: lower living expenses, room to breathe and, yes, cream teas. It will also help to turn the tide of career-hungry graduates deserting Devon once their studies have turned to qualifications.
Devon is a huge county. With a populace spread over such diverse communities the county relies heavily on effective communication. By opening up fast-paced internet to rural communities, employers, employees and customers will be infinitely better served. A business built on lightning fast infrastructure can take control of a Facebook page and get climbing the ranks of Google.
Fuelled by digital innovation, Exeter is catching up with its metropolitan counterparts in terms of private sector growth. Now the rest of the region is on the cusp of having the technology to match. With fresh thinking to match the fresh air, Devon is ready to embrace the next step towards its digital future.
If you’re looking to take advantage of Devon’s digital age, then we might just have the role for you. Searching for your next employee? Talk to one of our specialised recruitment consultants on 01392 413577. We help businesses across the West Country and beyond tackle their recruitment challenges seamlessly.