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Gigabit Networks bowls a fast delivery for internet as it sponsors Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Derbyshire County Cricket Club supporters will be able to watch their team’s games on the club’s live stream on their website without the fear of missing a second of the action after it signed a 3-year sponsorship deal with a city-based full-fibre internet provider.

Gigabit Networks has agreed to provide a dedicated connection for the Live Stream service, as well as being associate sponsor of the Falcons’ Vitality Blast game against the Leicestershire Foxes, which will take place at the Incora County Ground on June 9.

The 3 year deal will also see the firm become a member of the club’s 1870 Business Club and with Gigabit Networks arranging for Derbyshire to become connected to Derby’s new full-optic fibre internet network and benefit from internet speeds of up to 1GB-per second, compared to the city’s average speeds of 65Mbps.

The move will benefit staff, media, broadcasters and fans watching the game unfold on their devices across the UK and further afield.

David Yates, Director of Gigabit Networks, said: ““Derby is one of just a handful of cities in the UK to have received full-fibre internet, which means that the Incora County Ground is now one of the best-connected professional sports venues in the whole of the country.

“As relative newcomers to Derby, we’re very proud to be sponsors of what is likely to be a hard-fought Vitality Blast local derby with Leicestershire and, as such, will doubtless attract a large crowd.

“This is the first of what we hope will become a long-term working relationship with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and we are delighted to be connecting the Incora County Ground to its new superfast full-fibre internet.

The cricket club’s connection has been made possible through Gigabit Network’s GigaFlex Ethernet service, which is aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises and delivers dedicated bandwidth to the internet of up to 1Gbps both ways.

Jimmy Drew, Commercial Manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with Gigabit Networks in having agreed a three-year sponsorship deal. They are an exciting and upcoming company, who are aiming to help with Derby’s continued development as a great place to live, work and play.

“Our Live Stream has grown rapidly over the last two seasons, providing a free-to-air service for followers of Derbyshire up and down the country and overseas. Introducing Gigabit’s new GigaFlex Ethernet service will allow us to increase the quality and reliability of our Live Stream production.

Gigabit Networks is working in partnership with CityFibre to connect homes and businesses to Derby’s full-fibre network, which gives users near-limitless bandwidth and greater download speeds of up to 930 Mb per second.

The network uses 100% fibre optic cables to transmit data quicker and more reliably than the traditional copper wire network and so far the fibre has been laid outside nearly 35,000 homes and businesses in parts of Mackworth, Allestree, Mickleover, Abbey, Arboretum and Darley wards.

For more information on Gigabit and its range of packages, visit

Gigabit Networks unites with Derby Rugby Football Club in a new sponsorship deal

Midlands-based broadband provider Gigabit Networks is thrilled to announce it will be sponsoring the Derby Rugby Football Club (DRFC) this year.

The collaborative deal, which is expected to be the start of a longstanding relationship between the two, is inspired by Gigabit Networks’ mission to bring new connectivity benefits and award-winning levels of service to the Derby community.

“Through this sponsorship, Gigabit Networks will provide access to a host of benefits and rewards for our club, its members and our supporters,” says Mike Carr, Commercial Chair of DRFC. “We cannot wait to embark on this journey with Gigabit as already they have shown a great deal of commitment to serving the local community.”

Part of the new collaboration, DRFC members (that live in DE1, DE22, DE23, DE24 and DE72 postcodes) will enjoy exclusive offers on full fibre home broadband – and for every order placed, a significant financial contribution will be made to the benefit of the club.

Since its launch in Derby last year, the telecommunications provider has been working alongside CityFibre, the UK’s second largest full fibre digital infrastructure provider, to develop over 280 Gigabit cities and towns across the UK.

Dan Ilett, Co-Founder of Gigabit Networks explains: “We have been focusing our efforts on building long standing partnerships with organisations and businesses that share the same passion for community development as we do.”

This month the company also announced another sponsorship deal with Derbyshire County Cricket Club, showing its steadfast efforts in building local relations as a regional CityFibre Champion. 

“As part of this sponsorship deal, we will be giving all members of the Derby Rugby Football Club exclusive offers on our Gigabit connectivity services and products,” David Yates, Co-founder of the community-centric ISP confirms.

Through full fibre infrastructure, made up of 100% fibre optic cables, Gigabit Networks services are faster, more efficient, and more reliable than legacy copper networks. Across all residential products, customers can experience download speeds of up to 930Mbps – and members of the DRFC club will have access to this at exclusive price points with a financial contribution made to the Club per order.

As the digital divide in Derby improves, with more residents and businesses in the city having access to ground-breaking connectivity, Gigabit Networks is making plans to launch into other cities within the Midlands soon.

To stay tuned and find out more information on the services and partnership programme Gigabit Networks offers, visit

Are Biometric Payments Your Business’ Future Payment Solution?

Mastercard is rolling out a new scheme of biometric payments – as part of their efforts to create more enjoyable shopping experiences for their customers. Customer’s transactions will (literally) be as simple as smiling for a camera or waving your hand to a reader. From swipe and tap to smile and wave – payments will be more seamless for your business than ever.   

Has “Pay With A Smile Scheme” Launched in Britain? 

The scheme has not been officially launched in Britain. Some trials are going on in Brazil followed by Asia and the Middle East afterward. This evolutionary internet innovation is expected to create a breakthrough as the simplest payment solution for frequent purchases. If the trials succeed, it expected to attract more positive outcomes for early adopting businesses, such as customer satisfaction, less queuing and higher productivity. Since the technology has not yet arrived, this could be the time for reflection – how much effort have you put into your organisations customer journey?

“Pay With A Smile Scheme” As The New Internet Innovation 

In 2021, Juniper Research indicated that global contactless card transactions will grow up to 6.8 trillion by 2026. The trends also increased over time, as Dentsu mentioned that 74% of global customers have a positive attitude toward biometric technology. After video calls, on demand movie platforms, and smart home innovations, the internet leads us to this new next-generation payment technology for businesses around the globe.  

This “Pay With A Smile” internet innovation is targeted to benefit all parties. The seamless procedure is crafted for both sides of buyer and seller. As a business, it is important to differentiate yourself and stand out in your customers’ eyes. It can also become an alternative for your fraud control issues and chargebacks, making your business run more effectively. 

Should I Consider “Pay With A Smile Scheme” For My Business? 

Almost twenty years ago, biometrics were mostly restricted. Fingerprints, DNA, and facial recognition were limited and didn’t really grab our attention. Today in 2022, biometric technology has evolved and become part of our daily lives. Internet innovation is developing at an amazing rate and keeps on leveraging and developing new technologies.  

We understand how essential innovation is the performance of a business. And we are here, as tech enthusiasts, to help guide your business to the next level.  

Leverage your opportunity through #GigabitConnectivity – and embrace yourself in internet innovation and get past those slow connections that have been holding back your business’s potential.  

Check your availability for Gigabit Networks ( and get in contact with us today.

Our versatile and resilient services can assist you in overcoming your connection challenges so that you can focus on what matters. 

5 Tips for Working from Home Efficiently

Working from home is the ‘new normal’ and with this trend set to continue, it is more important than ever before to stay productive and maintain balance. 

To help you achieve an efficient work from home lifestyle, we’ve prepared 5 tips to ensure you are excelling at work – and are changing certain habits and routines to make working from home as efficient as possible. 

  1.  Maintain Regular Hours

Set yourself a schedule for the day and stick to it… most of the time. This allows you to have clear guidelines for when to work as well as when to call it a day which can help many remote workers maintain work-life balance. 

It helps maintain workload, complete tasks on schedule as well as recognise when you have the capacity to take on more responsibilities.

As well as allowing you to maintain a schedule, working from home comes with certain perks such as flexibility. Be honest and open with your schedule, and if you need to extend your day or start early in order to accommodate other commitments, you are able to do this. 

  1. Create Healthy Boundaries

Set ground rules with the other people in your household who may share your space when you are working.

This could be children, partners, or housemates who may need rules for what they can and cannot be doing whilst you are working. If you share a space with another employee, you may have to negotiate certain quiet times or meeting times in order to both be as productive and respectful as possible. 

Set these rules through a conversation held in advance. If it isn’t possible on occasions to follow your usual routine, modify your working hours and responsibilities so that all accommodations are met. Make sure that any modifications are discussed with your line managers and are communicated with your colleagues when necessary. 

  1. Allow yourself breaks

Breaks are a critical element of any working day such as refreshment breaks, conversations with colleagues or in-person meetings. Work from home employees also need these breaks in order to be productive and feel energised. 

These breaks may vary in length however it is important to have these breaks away from your desks and return with a fresh perspective. On the breaks, make a healthy lunch, have a cup of tea, have a catch up with a friend as long as the break is spent in a different location to separate the relaxation from the work mindset.

Physical activity such as walking, running, weight training or stretching can have a large impact on your mental health as well as your physical. Try and enjoy 30 minutes of exercise per day. 

One 2011 study found that workers who took two short breaks whilst completing a task stayed consistently productive, but when it came to the group completing the same tasks however with no breaks, performance declined significantly. 

  1. Get the resources you need

Request the equipment you need as soon as you start working from home, or within a few days of realising you need something new. It is extremely important that you are comfortable and have all the resources you need to be as productive in your work as possible. These items may include a laptop, a monitor, keyboard, mouse, desk chair, desk, printer, software etc.  

Don’t be afraid to ask for these resources, especially if your organisation is accustomed to remote working as often there are budgets set aside for home office equipment.

For employees who spend several hours each day at their desks, having a comfortable setup is essential. Making small enhancements to your workspace can have a massive impact on your physical and mental wellbeing, increasing energy levels and boosting confidence. One small enhancement may be sourcing faster, more reliable internet connections. 

  1.  End Your Day With a Routine

One main struggle of working from home is shutting down your laptop and ending the working day. 

By limiting the amount of rest you may have, you limit your productivity and can cause harm to your own wellbeing. To avoid this, create a habit or short routine that signals the close of the workday to replace the usual journey home. This may be a notification on your calendar, an end of day review or a regular 5pm dog walk.

 Something as simple as closing down your laptop and tuning into your favourite 5pm tv show to try and finish on a positive note. Whatever you choose to do, do this consistently to mark the end of your working hours.

Before switching off, say goodbye to your colleagues so that they know you are leaving and tidy your workspace, ready for the next day. 

The best games this April to #GameWithGiga 

April has arrived and Easter is getting closer. Chocolates are indeed the best therapy, and you should blame this holiday to enjoy them! However, what’s sweeter than 4 new game releases just this month? 

Despite neither of these games being online, a GigaFast connection is still necessary so that you can download them as fast as possible to get you immersed in their worlds.  

Gigabit Networks’ broadband also allows you to continue being a multitasker, without getting annoyed with your Wi-Fi. It lets you watch videos in the highest quality on YouTube, playing video games and having the rest of your family all on their devices at once. 

The House of the Dead: Remake 

For those real gamers out there, this is great news. The House of the Dead was developed in 1996 by Sega’s arcade division. After almost 26 years, it is back to the Nintendo Switch. The producer has promised that the game would continue faithful to the original version, bringing better quality and allowing you to play on a better console. 

The trailer shows the new gamers why it is essential to try this classic arcade shooter and aims to get those bravest ones immersed in this survival zombie experience. It will indeed help you to travel back in time to the origins of gaming.  

MLB The Show 22 

If you are a true baseball fan, you have been waiting for this game since last year. PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch, it does not matter which video game console you have. Get this game and you will be able to try a variety of modes that will aim to get you engaged in “America’s Pastime”. 

The trailer shows you how the developers were able to ameliorate the details and graphics, allowing you to get absorbed in an even finer experience than with the 2021 version. 

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 

This can be exciting news for Star Wars fans. Warner Bros is once more releasing a Lego action-adventure game, for all ages, that allows you to play with your favourite Star Wars characters in an open world format to let you explore one of the best sci-fi universes ever created. 

After almost 6 years since the last Lego Star Wars video game, this new Saga lets you play any of the three trilogies in any order you wish, with a total of 45 levels. The trailer shows you why you need to get into this experience in a “galaxy far, far away”. 

Nintendo Switch Sports 

Everyone has at least played once the Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort that were made by Nintendo in 2006 and 2009. Those two games were able to bring the whole family together in intense bowling, tennis or even swordfight competitions, being these, two of the best familiar games ever made. 

With this trailer, you can see why it is crucial for you to relive this game by playing it once again on your Nintendo Switch! 

Now that you are aware of all the games coming out in April, don’t lose your time anymore and update your broadband to get access to them in a Gigabit per second. In a world where speed counts more than almost anything else, its time to #GameWithGiga.  

Gigabit connectivity can increase your property viewings by 82%

In a world where going online has become the norm for everyone, expectations for reliable internet (especially in private rental homes) has increased rapidly and is now at the top of tenants’ priority list.  

A 2019 student survey found that a landlord providing internet access in their property meant that prospective tenants were 82% more likely to view.

Internet speeds are now a buyers top priority  

A recent study revealed that 71% of buyers would now reject their ‘ideal home’ if the available broadband didn’t meet the minimum requirements, whereas a further 22% said they would try and negotiate a lower price as high speed internet connectivity is an essential part of the renting decision making process. 

Gigabit boosts your property value 

Selling your home can bring many challenges your way, especially when it comes to your internet speeds. If you have fast speeds and rarely suffer with interruption when streaming, your house price is likely to be safe.  

However, if you do have slow internet, this might be something to consider sorting before selling your house, as a recent study showed that slow broadband could knock 20% off the value of your home.  

It’s not all doom and gloom – our Gigabit products can provide you and your property with ultrafast and ultra-reliable broadband that you can trust and depend on. Feel free to check out our tailored offerings here.

We can help you work from home  

Covid-19 has been a game-changer for businesses and the way employees are now working, which has now led to a new era of productivity and digital-inclusivity. 

Working from home can put a lot of pressure on your internet, especially if there’s more than one remote worker in the household, as it was revealed that 37% of properties have speeds that are significantly slower than what they actually need.   

Future-proof your invesment 

With the government now introducing new building regulations, it is mandatory for property developers to ensure that almost every new home is built with support for gigabit-capable broadband.  

This new law means that 3,000 extra residential buildings a year will be connected to gigabit speeds. 

So why not get a head start? At Gigabit Networks we offer a variety of products for any homes – at gigabit speeds, symmetrical bandwidth and around the clock technical support so you’ll never have to worry.  

Gigabit and cost-effectiveness goes hand in hand 

75% of buyers say that they would be more inclined to rent a property that had pre-installed internet access, and a further 88% said that fast internet was something that they specifically look for.  

Though broadband can require an upfront investment, Gigabit Networks can offer you affordable prices no matter how big or small your company is.  

Check out our product prices and their benefits here. Or if you would like to find out more information, talk to one of our team members here.  

Why should you become a Gigabit partner?

  1. Modern & Fit-for-purpose

As a partner you will have access to our extensive market research and knowledge base in which we have built a suite of tools that foster innovation. 

Our trusted team strives for digital transformation through our modern network infrastructure and commercial flexibility not only beneficial to consumers but to help you to achieve greater market share and profit. 

We constantly invest in our systems and people to provide stress-free business; our team believes in collaboration and as partners we can provide modern enhanced networks transforming the midlands into smart towns and cities. 

  1. Innovative products 

Gigabit has been voted the best ISP in the Midlands within the Internet and telecom providers. 

Our range of 1Gbps capable active products can be used to help your clients unlock huge benefits that will improve their efficiency, productivity and competitiveness. 

We are an independent team sharing the purefibre difference, therefore there is ‘no-one pulling our strings’. Our brand is all about building innovative fibre networks and giving our partners the freedom to use every last inch of them.

  1. Service and network performance 

We offer benchmarked SLAs and have a proven record of quality network delivery and reliability. 

Our partners work with us because we deliver exceptional network performance and support locally while understanding their customer’s requirements just like they do. 

Gigabit Networks is a UK company with a policy of customers for life, we offer advanced telecom services at commercially attractive prices with the guarantee of reliability, speed and quality. 

As partners we can assist in business growth by delivering high quality services and customer support with expert UK based technical support. Finally Our PureFibre network (CityFibre’s UK network) is a brand new, state-of-art fibre network – designed with the utmost resilience and reliability support.

To register your interest in joining as a partner, click here.

What does it mean to be a Gigabit partner?

Gigabit Networks is here to transform the Midlands into smart towns and cities, providing consumers with ultrafast, ultra-reliable purefibre. 

In today’s collaborative working culture, we believe that partnerships bring a wealth of advantages to a reseller. 

Gigabit Networks offer two main types of partnerships that can be tailored to your unique business requirements: 

Firstly, our dealer partnerships which are typically for IT, telecom and/or Software companies serving SME businesses which need fast, reliable internet to deliver their services. 

If you are a business who wants to supply their customers with better internet, but don’t want the headache of supporting it, you can simply provide us with the details of your client and we’ll take care of the rest for you – from onboarding, to installation, to customer support and billing. 

Dealer partners will receive a sales commission based on referral volumes. 

Secondly, a reseller partnership is available to companies who already deliver other telecom services to their customer base, so already have the necessary systems and support services in place to properly support their customers. 

Reseller responsibilities include billing and 1st/2nd line support of the services. Resellers do have access to our service on a wholesale basis with discounts in line with the number of circuits you have in your estate. 

Interested to find out more? Simply head over to our partners page to get in touch.

BaD Radio’s broadcasts get a boost as it tunes into ultrafast internet

It already prides itself on giving listeners their favourite songs 24 hours a day, but now community radio station BaD Radio is set to send its service “through the roof” after accessing Derby’s ultra-fast fibre internet service.

The internet-based station – BaD stands for Burton and Derby – is the first organisation in the city to enjoy greater bandwidth after it signed up to a Gigabit Networks contract, allowing it to enjoy upload and download speeds of 930Mbps.

BaD Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a blend of local news and comment in amongst a playlist made up of popular 80s songs which its founder,  Darren Rogers, refers to as hairbrush hits – tunes you can’t avoid singing along to using your hairbrush as a microphone.

It operates out of Darren’s home studio in Mickleover, with its 12 other presenters broadcasting their shows remotely via the internet.

However, the limited capacity of its previous connection, which had an internet speed of around 70Mbps, meant that the station could not broadcast live and record future content at the same time, and so the presenters, all of whom have full-time jobs, had to take turns.

Its new greater bandwidth makes this possible, which gives its presenters greater flexibility, while it will also enable BaD to host an Alexa app, meaning that listeners can ask their smart devices to launch the radio.

And it will help BaD Radio to bring forward its plans to switch from an internet station to a DAB broadcaster, something which it could not do with its previous internet bandwidth.

Darren said: “Having greater bandwidth means that the opportunities for the radio station have gone through the roof. We won’t need a studio and our presenters are no longer constrained when it comes to broadcasting live or recording content.

“This kind of bandwidth is hugely important for a radio station of our size. We’re a non-profit organisation and so we don’t have a huge budget for technology, while at the same time we can’t afford any drop or break in our service.

“We have paid roughly the same as our previous deal and it’s a brilliant investment. We’ve very quickly realised how powerful this technology is and what a huge difference it can make.”

Gigabit Networks, which is operating from an office in Uttoxeter Old Road, is working in partnership with CityFibre, which is installing the all-important cabling that will create a full fibre internet network beneath Derby’s streets as part of an initial £45m private investment.

The network uses 100% underground fibre optic cables to transmit data quicker and more reliably than the traditional copper wire network.

So far the fibre has been laid outside 8,000 homes and businesses in parts of Mackworth, Allestree, Mickleover, Abbey, Arboretum and Darley wards.

Gigabit has also agreed to sponsor BaD Radio’s breakfast show as it aims to get itself better known and get more homes and businesses signed up to full fibre.

Dan Ilett, co-founder of Gigabit Networks, said: “The internet has become so important to all kinds of industries and it’s wonderful to know that the ultra-fast wifi is at the heart of BaD Radio’s expansion plans for 2022.

“We’re very excited to be able to connect businesses and individuals to the network, which is getting bigger every day. The UK is way behind the rest of the world when it comes to internet speeds and this technology brings us back into the leading pack.

“That’s great news for the country but wonderful news for Derby, because it’s right at the forefront of the full fibre roll out and is already stealing a march on much larger UK cities.”

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs FTTP Broadband

What is FTTP broadband? FTTP stands for Fibre To The Premises which is where fibre broadband is directed straight to a home instead of a cabinet that services an area. It’s faster, more reliable and a lot more secure. 

But why does a business need FTTP? And what daily benefits are available with it?

1. High Performance 

Unlike FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet), the main benefit is that FTTP is a direct fibre connection and has the highest speed capacity than standard fibre broadband, because of this, FTTP can reach speeds up to 20x faster than your average broadband. There is nothing that compares. 

2. Cost Effective 

“Slow internet causes costly delays in your company’s operations and workflow management. It’s been revealed the average employee wastes one week per year waiting for their network to respond”-  Nick Hastreiter. 

Now multiply this by 100 employees. 

3. Ultra-reliable

If you are living in a busy home with multiple devices or if you’re a business owner you will almost certainly benefit a lot more from FTTP.  Why? Not only is it a lot faster, but there are less chances of your internet cutting out half way through an important email or call to a client.  

4. Rapid Installation 

While FTTC is the most common and accessible option for many, FTTP is only available to 15% of households, but this is soon to change as the government has a target to get more homes connected. 

Your area is not serviced yet? You can show your interest here and we will do the rest. 

5. Upgrade at anytime 

You are able to upgrade your business at any time, so that you can enjoy ultrafast broadband without the penalties. 

Want to find out more? Check out our product page visiting GigaFast FTTP here