Manufacturers association warns the rising cost
of broadband could harm industry and wants
government to install provisions for futureproof
EEF, the manufacturers association, has called on the UK Government to launch a review of competition for business broadband.
In particular, it wants leased lines competition to be examined due to the importance and rising cost of connectivity for manufacturers.
The organisation says 91 percent of manufacturing firms of all sizes consider a high speed broadband to be as important and electricity. Nearly all use it for basic tasks like email and 95 percent need a good connection to access secure online services every day.
Around half use it for cloud and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software daily and 48 percent use internet connected objects such as sensors and automated machines at least once a week.