Astro Communications Secure Funding for Growth

Astro Communication has been granted regional growth funding by Kent County Council. With 30 years’ experience in delivering communications solutions to medium and large organisations Astro Communications has big plans to develop its service offering to include internet services and hosting solutions via its own core network to complement the reselling of others’ services. Partly funded through the Kent TIGER scheme Astro is setting about building its own network with links directly into the major network providers in the UK allowing it greater control over the cost and quality of the services it provides.

Steve Smith, co-founder and Technical Director of Astro said “Astro have always focused on providing innovative and reliable services to our customers. By taking this step in delivering our own ISP service, coupled with our existing products and highly technical team, we will be able to ensure that we design and manage every element of the customer’s network and that we provide the best possible service to them”.

Astro has taken on a number of new team members in recent times at all levels within the business to help support this strategy and with the support of the TIGER fund, plans are well underway to be able to deliver service from the new network within a matter of months.

Steve Hodges, Managing Director went on to say “In 2007 an OFCOM study found that over 700,000 businesses had connectivity and hosting services provided by a niche ISP and since then this market has gone from strength to strength. Customers choose to go with such suppliers because of the greater flexibly of service, higher levels of customer care and a more customer-centric approach to solution design. Astro have always employed these principles so by being in control of the solutions and choosing very strategic partnerships we feel we can bring a broader range of services to our customers”.

“Both the validation of our business plan and the financial support from Kent’s TIGER scheme has given us a real boost in terms of the timing and effectiveness of this project. So many businesses in our sector just rely on selling other companies services and adding their margin on top. With our own network, our own IPV4 and IPV6 address space and our own Network Operations Centre we really will be able to take our services to the next level” he concluded.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine