Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Broadband So Slow We Could Barely Send an Email, Says Tech Firm Boss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Broadband So Slow We Could Barely Send an Email, Says Tech Firm Boss

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Byline: Toby Green

A TECH City boss told today how Silicon Roundabout's slow internet speeds meant at one point his company "could barely send an email" at peak times.

When Mark McDermott, co-founder of digital agency Codegent, moved the firm from Clapham to just off Old Street roundabout at the end of 2012, he said he had "assumed that the internet speed of the area wouldn't be an issue considering it was the tech hub of London". But instead he found it was "sluggish at best, and by around 3pm each afternoon you could barely send an email". He added: "As a digital agency with another office in Thailand, where we had to share files, this was unacceptable."

Mr McDermott said he was "astounded that fibre was not widely available in the area given that we could have all had it installed easier in our residential flats for about PS30 per month".

The firm had to pay thousands to have fibre broadband piped up from the City, a service that came with a hefty monthly fee. …

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