A Stockton-based IT firm is to roll-out what it says will be the fastest ever broadband across the North East, after being appointed Virgin Media Business’s sole business partner for the region.
Cornerstone Business Solutions will be providing ultrafast broadband to SME businesses between Newcastle to the north and York to the south, while also acting as a local level customer contact.
Running on next generation optical fibre cables, Virgin Media Business’s new ultrafast business broadband provides speeds of up to 300Mbps – more than three times faster than the next fastest available on the open market.
Created to act like an instant upgrade for devices and apps, it will allow businesses to move easily between cloud apps and video streams while copying extremely large files and loading new web content.
Cornerstone managing director Chris Petty said: “Achieving Business Partner status with Virgin Media Business is potentially massive for us.
“Because it’s such a great product that a huge number of businesses will be interested in, it creates an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to new customers.
“Virgin Media Business is a great a brand, associated with excellence, so to become one of their Business Partners is a fantastic achievement and one that reflects well on the company and our professional team.
“With partnerships already in place with global technology brands such as Sage, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Dell and Cisco, it’s another big endorsement for us.”
He added that the broadband offering would provide “by far” the fastest speeds available to date.
“Everybody wants things faster, whether it’s emails, web pages, online backups or whatever,” he said.
“We all know how frustrating it can be with slow bandwidth.
“If you run a small business that struggles with a sluggish broadband connection then this is going to revolutionise your business.
“We now have a ready-made solution at an affordable price.
“We can now offer 300Mbps broadband for £80 a month.
“Until now, the only way of achieving such high speeds has been via a dedicated leased line, probably costing around £10,000 a year.”
The partnership came about as a direct result of Cornerstone placing adverts on the 360 degree digital pitch perimeter LED system at the Riverside Stadium.
Working with digital venue specialists ADI, Middlesbrough FC became the world’s first club to install the revolutionary system early in the 2015-16 season, with Cornerstone, the club’s Official Technology Partner, becoming the first to use it.
Its ad on the crowd-facing digital display was spotted by Burnley supporter and Virgin Media Business director Philip Lee during his side’s 1-0 Riverside defeat in December.
At the time, Virgin was looking to secure a North East partner.
Mr Petty added: “Off the back of seeing our name on the Riverside digital display, he carried out a bit of research on us, got in touch and the rest is history.
“It’s something that might never happened but for those Riverside displays, so it was money well spent.”
The ultrafast broadband will initially be provided in Virgin Media cabled areas.
Cornerstone have been allocated up to £900 per customer to assist with installation.