What, if any, barriers are you facing at the moment and what are the opportunities for growth?
Like every business there’s always barriers, though I might call them speed bumps as I see them slowing us in the short term rather than being serious issues.
The first is on our network build and deployment side, and it’s to do with a lack of standardised policies, or sometimes outdated regulations for deployment of critical infrastructure across the country. In order to meet UK and Scottish government policy ambitions, and enable our digital future, fast rollout of this infrastructure is required. We’ll always collaborate with the right local authority teams here, and we can usually find a way through in time.
The second speed bump is one of our understanding about the benefits of a full fibre broadband connection vs most people’s current connection which is often described as fibre, but uses copper telephone lines in the final leg of delivery from a cabinet on the street.
We need to work with our industry and government to help better explain why people need a future-proofed full fibre broadband connection in their home and business to cope with the applications of tomorrow, such as the connected home, or virtual reality gaming.
The opportunities for growth exist in us being able to deploy fast, reliable broadband to more people who know they are future proofing their data needs at home and at work.
How does membership of Prosper bring value to your work?
GoFibre is a purposeful business, contributing to our local communities and Scotland as a whole, so we feel that our agenda is fully aligned with Prosper’s goals. Hence becoming a member.
Being a part of Prosper has really helped access to policymakers, influencers and MSPs relevant to our government interactions, as well as connecting us with other like-minded organisations across Scotland.
As a proudly independent Scottish business, we really want to see Scotland prosper, and we’re going to play our part by delivering, and lobbying for, decent digital connectivity for all.