Northern Ireland companies are being invited to follow the lead of large firms like Mivan and Tayto and sign up to a new business broadband service.
Belfast-based cloud computing firm Novosco, which provides IT services to public and private sector organisations across the UK and Ireland, has invested to provide a new 'Cloudstream'.
It has made a significant investment in its own fibre-optic ring in Belfast and has formed a strategic alliance with Hibernia Atlantic, the organisation responsible for the deployment of Project Kelvin – the high speed communications network connecting North America, the UK and Europe. It also joins towns and cities including Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine, Londonderry, Omagh, Portadown, Strabane, Letterkenny, Castleblayney, Dundalk, Drogheda and Monaghan.
Novosco employs almost 80 people in offices in Belfast, Dublin and Birmingham and has clients that include universities and higher education establishments on the island of Ireland, government departments and UK and Ireland health trusts, and many of Northern Ireland's Top 100 firms.
Other businesses using Novosco include sportswear company O'Neill's and Gordon's Chemists.
Novosco director, John Lennon, said the service is now being rolled out to the wider market and will provide significant competition in the market.
"Internet connectivity is the lifeblood of many businesses, particularly the growing number of companies who are using cloud computing, as well as those who transfer a lot of data and those with multiple sites," he said.
"A fast, robust, reliable connection that won't let them down is absolutely essential.
"We have been providing a business connectivity service to a select group of leading businesses, and we are very pleased to be able to now launch the offering."
In the areas of the 11 main Belfast exchanges, Novosco claims it can provide the lowest priced fibre ethernet service to businesses, due to the investment made in the company's own fibre optic ring.