High-speed internet provider Gigabit Networks is offering free, ultra-fast internet to care homes in the UK for up to a year – hoping to enrich the lives of residents so badly affected by COVID-19.
Gigabit recognises that digital technology is invaluable in helping elderly and vulnerable people stay in touch with family and friends, as well as helping with everyday tasks such as shopping, ordering prescriptions and banking, and this is heightened during the pandemic.
Working with CityFibre, the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure, Gigabit Networks aims to help care home residents by providing far superior internet speeds.
According to the company, which is based in Leicester, standard broadband relies on ageing copper connections, which can often be slow. Pure fibre overcomes these limitations to deliver a considerably improved service.
Dan Ilett, CEO of Gigabit Networks, said: “Internet use among older age groups has increased substantially over the last five years - from 52% in 2011 to 83% in 2019, and the current situation is likely to speed that up even more.
“So many elderly people have been separated from their loved ones during the pandemic, as care homes have been hit very hard by the pandemic. If we can help a few more people to see each other and talk more often, albeit virtually, we believe that will only be beneficial to their overall wellbeing.”
This offer is available to care homes when signing up to one of Gigabit Network’s ‘ethernet flex care’ plans before 30th November 2020.