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Author: Chris Farrar

Why do schools need gigabit-capable Internet access?

School life is a fundamental part of growing up.

Connecting with friends, learning new things and having different experiences all count towards the development of a young child’s path to a successful adulthood.

And reliable Internet access is at the heart of all of these contributors.

Without it, children miss out on learning and potentially a sense of belonging – especially when they’re not able to stay in touch with friends and teachers.

Overall, the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the scale of the digital divide within the education sector.

An Ofcom report from 2020 estimates between 1.m and 1.8m children in the UK do not have access to a laptop, mobile or tablet at home.

Gigabit-capable full fibre Internet access is a game-changing technology for schools and communities.

It means educational institutions can receive more value for less money – meaning they are able to allocate more funds to helping those pupils in digital poverty.

With the growing popularity of online learning tools and interactive digital textbooks, gigabit Internet allows teachers to download the largest of learning resources within a matter of seconds.

Furthermore, complex tasks like migrating to the cloud as an administrative platform for file management and data storage services become seamless, ultrafast and highly responsive.

In schools with gigabit Internet, pupils now have equal opportunity to learn, have fun and create memories in this digital-age.

And schools that have invested into pure fibre gigabit Internet enjoy 20 times faster connectivity than the average UK households (FTTC).

Gigabit Internet speeds are considered the gold standard for Internet users – as they can support an unlimited number of users and devices.

Moving forwards, those educational institutions that are at the forefront of the digital transformation will be more versatile to online learning, have safer digital storage and enjoy the enablement of advanced learning concepts such as AR and VR.

To find out more on how Gigabit Networks are helping to bridge the digital divide in schools, click here to see information about our partnership with Internet4Schools.

To speak to one of our team about transforming the digital performance of your school, simply fill out the form on this page and we will get back to you shortly.

The need for greater bandwidth when re-locating back to the office

The coronavirus pandemic forced almost the entire country’s workforce to relocate to a makeshift home office.

March 2020 saw a surge in home Internet usage – and with the parents working in the living room and the kids streaming on their devices, the need for fast and reliable Internet access was more critical than ever.

Fast-forward to summer 2021, and we are ready to come out of restrictions once again – for (hopefully) the final time.

Although, with businesses and organisations alike forced to move online quicker than expected, people made new online connections and decision makers pivoted towards different aspects of digital income they didn’t consider before.

Now, business all round has a greater reliance on video calls, downloading large amounts of data and digital marketing for sources of revenue.

And if you’ve been working from home during the pandemic, you’ll know there’s nothing more frustrating than a colleague’s face freezing on the screen or not being able to send off important information before a deadline.

It is fair to say, the sharp rise in bandwidth usage is close to reaching tipping point.

Unlike before, businesses that are serious about being on the frontline of the digital transformation require full fibre gigabit Internet access to operate effectively in the office.

With full fibre, you don’t have the street cabinets and copper lines interfering and slowing your connection down. Gigabit technology allows your business’ communications go straight to the heart of the Internet.

Video calls are effortless, downloading information is instant and creativity can prosper with the security of an ultrafast and ultra-reliable Internet connection.

The government pledged 85% of UK premises would have full fibre gigabit Internet access by 2025 – so the upgrade to bridge the digital divide is a matter of when and not if.

Get ahead of the game today and enquire about your businesses office accessing full fibre gigabit Internet access.

Gigabit Networks is a City Champion of CityFibre – the UK’s third largest digital infrastructure provider.

Our packages are tailored to each businesses specific needs and requirements to bolster your capabilities at a cost-effective rate.

Join the movement today. Reap the benefits. Enquire now.

Child Safety Week 2021

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness for children accidents and how they can be prevented.

The week – that runs between 7th and 13th June this year – acts as a catalyst for conversations and activities about child safety amongst communities all around the UK.

These days, it is well documented that one of the most dangerous places a child can be is surfing the Internet, especially without the appropriate assurances in place.

And if there is one thing we do know – it’s that the Internet is here to stay.

Its usage has only intensified over the past year or so of the pandemic – in fact, almost half of children aged 3-5 is now using the Internet at home raising to 71% in 12-17 year olds.

Introducing cyber safety into your household is a necessary step to keeping your child safe online.

As an Internet provider company, we know a few tech-savvy ways to keep you at peace of mind whilst they’re streaming on the PS5.

Lets start with the basics – setting up parental controls.

Parental controls within the operating system are a way to give you constant monitoring of your child’s online activities.

On iPhone’s and iPad’s for example, you can personally select certain online searching restrictions and block specific applications and websites you know are unsuitable for your child.

You can also set up parental controls for every web browser, mobile network, social media or console that your child may use.

To take a look at a guide for how to use each one optimally, click here.

Parental controls have proven to be really effective in protecting children online, but they are not 100%.

It is more critical than ever to create a dialogue with your child about the importance of their online safety.

Asking your child about the sites they visit or friends that they talk to online is a great opportunity to teach them skills in critical thinking and online awareness.

A lot of children will not comprehend that the Internet isn’t private – so informing them of this foundational knowledge is a good start in prioritising their online safety.

Additionally, it is a chance to show them good etiquette with things like how to communicate politely and how to avoid harmful advertisements or pop ups.

Finally, it is always a good idea to keep track of overall online time.

It is recommended that children between the ages of 5 and 17 should have no more than two hours of screen time per day.

This ensures less chance of children developing bad online habits and means they don’t come dependent on the Internet outside of school hours.

It has to be said – switching off the home Wi-Fi before bedtime is not a bad non-negotiable tactic to get the heads down on a school night.

All in all, it is wonderful there are so many organisations working together to keep families safe.

To keep constantly informed, follow some of these household safety blogs that provide plenty of useful resources:

Mental Health Awareness Week

Nearly two thirds of people in the UK have experienced a problem with their mental health.

However, less than half of these people have ever been treated.

Unfortunately, there is often a stigma attached to mental health due to misconceptions and a lack of reliable information.

And when mental health problems go untreated, it can impact all areas of life.

So this year’s theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is based around nature; how connecting with it, exploring it and embracing it can improve your mental health and act as a form of self-treatment.

Spending time in green spaces can drastically boost one’s mood, relieve stress and improve confidence and self esteem.

And spending time outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean exercise; there are plenty of other activities to do such as connecting with animals, bringing plants or flowers inside the home or growing and picking food.

Building it into your routine to go outdoors and explore new areas is a great way to add some variety into your day.

A change of scenery, breathe of fresh air or looking out for some wildlife always helps to enhance creativity, lift your mood and generally make you feel better about things.

At Gigabit Networks, looking out for our community of clients, customers and employees is critical to our success.

Almost everyone has reported experiencing a mental health problem in his or her lifetime.

Therefore, collaborating together, supporting one another and sharing different ways to cope with mental health problems (e.g. connecting with nature) are more important than ever before.Therefore, collaborating together, supporting one anotherand sharing different ways to cope with mental healthproblems (e.g. connecting with nature) are moreimportant than ever before.

International Nurses Day 2021

The previous year has been like no other in the healthcare sector.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the incredible dedication, hard work and sacrifice of our nurses into the spotlight like never before.

Along with it, fellow clinicians, essential key workers and vital resources were all pushed to the maximum.

On the 201st anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth – the pioneer of good practice in modern nursing – we commemorate the profound good of healthcare staff and reflect on their amazing impact on our lives and those of our loved ones.

There is no doubt the coronavirus pandemic has brought new and unforeseen challenges to the health service with ever-changing processes and rising expectations.

And so the reach and scope of nursing practices during the pandemic to make such a meaningful and irreplaceable difference is both extremely remarkable and humbling.

From the team at Gigabit Networks, we are eternally grateful for the crucial role nurses play within our lives every single day.

Although it is difficult to imagine working through such a distressing, life-changing pandemic, we understand the resounding need to work together to support the frontline overcoming these challenges to treating patient health.

Gigabit Networks is trying to play our part with discounted offers for NHS facilities and care homes throughout the Midlands during the pandemic.

Gigabit Networks is proud to have installed gigabit Internet access in a major Midlands NHS trust.

So that patients can get their treatments faster, nurses can communicate reliably and important information is accessed instantly.

The global pandemic will be remembered for many things, but the way nurses, care workers and healthcare professionals have battled through is truly inspirational.

Looking into the future, we are always looking for ways to support our tremendous NHS through game-changing Internet connectivity.

derby internet

Gigabit Networks launches PureFibre Ethernet services in the city of Derby

The home of the Industrial Revolution is now at the forefront of the UK’s economic recovery by helping to ignite the country’s digital transformation.

Derby as a city is at the heart of our nation. Not just with the location, but with the memorable and unique discoveries that have shaped our country forever. Being the birth place of the world’s first factory, hot-dog and holiday, the city has played a huge part in history not just in Britain, but across the world.

Gigabit Networks are extremely proud and excited to launch PureFibre connectivity services across Derby which will have a major impact across the region in the next 15 years. Partnered with City Fibre, who are investing £45 million into the City’s development, we are able to help elevate Derby’s business productivity and everyday internet activities with an ever-reliable 99.99% SLA and high-performing speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Gigabit Networks and City Fibre share a passion for a truly digital Britain. Through our GigaFlex product, we can deliver a highly cost-effective full fibre connection that balances exceptionally high speed at an exceptional price whilst retaining critical reliability. City Fibre are further expanding their network and their full fibre services are widely regarded as the ‘gold-standard’ technology choice for business connectivity.

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Providing the NHS with first class internet connectivity

Without a reliable and efficient healthcare Internet connection, patient happiness can be jeopardised and staff productivity is damaged with key workers unable to access their high-level research and secure communications.

Gigabit Networks are tackling the ever-evolving problems that face the healthcare industry’s digital revolution. As a CityFibre City Champion, we allow hospitals and clinics to worry about what really matters whilst we give you the tools and capabilities through reliable healthcare internet to make a difference to people’s lives. 

Our GigaPure Ethernet Direct product provides fast and reliable healthcare internet connection, all the way from your device to the heart of the internet. And since our Ultrafast, Ultra-reliable, PureFibre network offers speeds of up to 10Gbps, your connection is capable of expanding with your business so your investment is always future-proofed.

Gigabit Network’s services offer an affordable, peace of mind solution with a 5 hour guaranteed fix policy. Because just like you, we also work 24/7. We combine a dedicated bandwidth to perfectly suit your unique requirements with a 100% SLA. If you’re a hospital with multiple sites you may have many questions regarding Private Networks and Cloud Providers, why not fill out this form to find out more information on how we can help you today?

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