A North East-based telecoms company is providing high speed data connectivity to the construction industry and remote sites.
Fuse Telecom, which was established in 1998 and has a head office in Newcastle upon Tyne, has set up Fuse Connect to tap into the opportunities presented by the digital revolution in construction. The new business is the brainchild of telecoms entrepreneur & director of Fuse Telecom, Simon Dronfield, who also founded IDN Telecom PLC, which successfully floated on AIM in 2000 and was sold to Redstone Telecom in 2007.
Fuse Connect provides 4G data using dedicated routers and specially configured hardware. The firms says most locations in the UK can be fully operational within 48 hours, without the need for mains power on site. Simon Dronfield, director at Fuse Connect explains: “We believe a gap has opened in the market to supply construction and remote sites with fast data connections using 4G since many companies are moving to hosted solutions requiring faster symmetrical data connections. 4G deployment also avoids the lengthy delays often associated with more traditional line methods.
“Our solution is highly mobile and can be moved to different locations as the site is developed. It also provides cost certainty from the outset to help estimators, quantity surveyors and the commercial team determine preliminary costs for data connections on any new construction development. Something which to date has been very difficult to establish.”
He added: “One of the key benefits to our service is that once we have set up the data connectivity on site, we provide full IT support to manage and track data usage and user access. In order to maintain this high level of service we are looking to create a number of new jobs.” Fuse Connect has already secured a contract with North East construction company, Metnor Construction, recent winners of Company of the Year at the Northumberland & Tyneside business awards, to supply remote data connections to seven of its constructions sites across the UK.
David Laidlaw, commercial manager at Metnor Construction said: “Previously our site staff have been left isolated with poor connections and have had to rely on dongles for connecting to the internet. The Fuse solution is simple and very effective, they understand our needs and can adapt the service to each different site to get the best possible results. It allows us to access current project information needed via cloud technologies, facilitating fast and efficient communications with staff on site, which is fantastic.”
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