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A national budget retail chain has announced plans to upgrade its Vodat International broadband infrastructure in a new 12-month project.

Instore, which trades under the Instore and Poundstretcher brand names, is making the move to cope with increased application demands over its wide area network, reports Retail Week.

Up until now, the group's 335 stores have received 512Kb per second broadband, but this will increase to 20Mb when the upgrade is complete.

According to Jonty McNea, Senior Network Analyst at Poundstretcher, the move is essential to support a new single retail system from warehouse to point of sale to be rolled out during 2010.

He told the news provider that the firm is to move to real-time stock files, replacing its batch stock information update processes.

Meanwhile, the group will use its enhanced network connection to introduce an additional back-up circuit, in a bid to ensure card transactions can be accepted at all times.

Last month, broadband provider Zen Internet followed other industry rivals by launching new faster web services offering speeds of up to 20Mb.

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