With the UK government promising to roll out high­speed broadband throughout the country over the next few years, we've taken a look at whether or not our current web access is efficient enough to handle companies' move to paperless.

Does the UK's internet make paperless possible?

Is the UK's internet strong enough to cope with paperless?

Organisations ranging from the NHS to local authorities are making preparations for the move to paperless to benefit from the cost savings and reduced carbon footprint that embracing the cloud can bring.

In fact, Richmondshire Council believes it will be able to save around £20,000 a year by switching to a fully digital filing and communication system. But for businesses to experience the full benefits of electronic document scanning and collaborative cloud­based files, they of course need to be able to access the internet, as well as fast upload and download speeds.

With the UK government working with BT to roll out high­speed broadband to the majority of the country over the next few years, we've taken a look at whether or not the country's current web access is efficient enough to handle companies' move to paperless.

Preparing Britain for the future

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Along with network provider BT, the government has been connecting homes and businesses throughout Britain to superfast fibre optic broadband in recent years, with a target to deliver the technology to 95 per cent of premises by 2017.

Some £1.7 billion is being invested in the connectivity project in total, with around 78 per cent of the UK's residential and commercial properties already able to access the service.

National advertising campaigns have been used to showcase the benefits of better broadband, which include faster upload speeds ­ something that is extremely beneficial for organisations that are looking to go paperless and need to scan in documents to help them achieve this goal.

The government has also launched a series of initiatives to encourage businesses to embrace the technology, such as its Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme, with this scheme alone designed to help more than 40,000 small and medium­ sized enterprises access improved internet.

What's more, recent statistics from thinkbroadband show that four of the UK's regions already have at least 90 per cent coverage in terms of superfast internet, with the north­west and the West Midlands expected to catch up in the coming weeks.

So, how exactly is this benefiting people?

Better broadband benefits

Superfast broadband is designed to make life both at home and work better for UK residents. Here's just a few of the ways that this is the case:

  • Several members of a household can access the web on multiple devices at any one time.
  • Upload speeds are significantly increased ­ whether it's a video file or a simple Word document, everything can be added to the cloud or a device much faster.
  • Collaboration, and subsequently productivity, can be increased thanks to files being more easily shareable.
  • An organisation's profile and reach can be extended due to easier and quicker access to social media accounts.
  • Customer service and brand communication can be improved, as better internet allows for faster response times.

And in terms of going paperless, having superfast broadband available across 95 per cent of Britain means there should be no barriers to achieving lower carbon footprints and more collaborative practices. Digital is the future and a reliable broadband system is needed if paperless is to become a reality.

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