18 July 2012

London, Tech City, Silicon Roundabout, network, internet, infrasturcture

Network infrastructure is key to realising Tech City’s ambitions

Just over 200 years ago East London became the backbone of the British economy, opening its streets to a wave of new industries that laid the foundations for the UK to become the global economic player it is today. Fast forward to 2012 and it is now the tech industry using the area as a platform for innovation and development at a time when other sectors are suffering. With 3,200 new IT startups in just four years, London’s Tech City has grown exponentially and now employs approximately 48,000 people (Centre for London, July 2012).

A cluster of tech, digital and creative companies have set up in the area, cementing Tech City as ‘the must be place’ for innovative tech businesses in the UK. The area has been a hotbed of innovation for some time now, but its public profile has become stronger recently, with the government keen to position Tech City as London’s answer to Silicon Valley and Europe’s technology capital. But while the wave of new arrivals and prosperity is undoubtedly riding high, a robust infrastructure is needed to guarantee the success of the area.

>John-Paul Hemingway is chief technologist for EMEA at Ciena, and has written with some authority on the challenges ahead for Silicon Roundabout, which we back.<

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