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Author: Nicole Dixon

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Don’t be a Digital Dinosaur – National Coding Week 2021

In this ever-changing technological time when working at home became the norm, technological skills were not only a luxury, but a necessity. Unfortunately, for many generations coding was not a skill that was taught; it was often only thought of in the realms of sci-fi and hackers, such as in Star Trek or The Matrix.

However, with initiatives such as National Coding Week, this digital hesitancy amongst adults may not be for long – and with this end, incalculable possibilities will open up.

One such possibility is that coding is the new global language which every country uses. It is a skill that isn’t bound to the borders of one country – it is an invaluable skill that makes the user of coding an asset that every global employer is begging for.

With this new language another opportunity arises, which is community – something that COVID has taught us is needed more than ever.

During the COVID era, communities around the world helped each other, and with learning to code, one of the largest communities arose. Adults were able to share knowledge, advice and skills with likeminded individuals which provided solace – but also a chance of betterment with job prospects, as well as mental health.

Thus, with National Coding Week taking place an opportunity begins, where resources open up; with tech companies offering support to adults to benefit and launch themselves into the endless possibilities that coding harbours.

So, with coding not being this secretive world full of hidden meanings and people, adults should open themselves up to the possibility of experiencing a wonderful new language that provides endless hope and freedoms to an entire new world at their fingertips. 


Why not get involved in National Coding Week 2021? We have listed some resources below that will kickstart your coding journey:

https://codingweek.org/

https://www.codecademy.com/?utm_source=pepperjam&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_term=229159&clickId=3694353317&pj_creativeid=2-438167&pj_publisherid=229159

https://www.freecodecamp.org/

🎮 Are you giga-fit for these incredible upcoming gaming releases? 🎮

With new-gen consoles recently released from both PlayStation and Xbox (if you can get your hands on one that is), the digital gaming marketplace is about to get a complete revamp with tons of new, exciting and technologically advanced games coming to our screens in 2021/22.

COVID unfortunately delayed the release of some of the titles we at Gigabit Networks were looking forward to plugging into – but here’s a couple of the games recently announced that we think you should be keeping an eye out for. 

FAR CRY 6

The release of Far Cry 6 is long-awaited – and one of the titles which unfortunately had its release date delayed due to staffing issues at Ubisoft during the COVID pandemic. 

The story follows the traditional Far Cry blueprint – this time taking place in the Caribbean on the fictional island of Yara ruled by facist dictator Antón Catillo (played by Giancarlo Esposito) and his son & prodigy Diego, who is unsure of his future. Users play as Dani Rojas, a local Yaran guerilla fighter who plans to restore the island to its former glory. 

One of the best features of Far Cry is it’s open-world aspect and we’re looking forward to seeing what the team have created for the new map, which promises to be ‘the largest Far Cry map to date’. We’re also super excited to see what Esposito does with the role of ‘El Presidente’ Antón Castillo – who proved his bad-guy status time and time again with his characters Gus in Breaking Bad, and Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian. 

And Far Cry have once again outdone themselves with their cute (but deadly) sidekicks available to your character throughout the game – one word, Chorizo! Fight crime with the most adorable (and courageous!) little sidekick we’ve ever seen in the franchise.

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You can preorder the game now on the Ubisoft website, officially releasing October 7th to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Epic Games and Ubisoft Connect. 

BACK 4 BLOOD

A new, independent spin-off to the infamous Left4Dead franchise – this brand-new zombie shooter from Turtle Rock Studios is sure to be a hit, boasting a campaign available for up to 4 players via online co-op and a brand new PVP mode, similarly to its predecessor. 

The Back4Blood website boasts ‘extreme replayability’ in its new story – quoting the following:

“A new rogue-lite Card System creates different experiences with each playthrough. You can jump right into the action by choosing a pre-made deck or dive into Back 4 Blood’s vast customisation and make your own. The choice is yours”

BACK4BLOOD 

Play the Back4Blood story solo, or online with up to 3 friends co-op – and then jump into the exciting new 4v4 PVP online mode, where players can take on the role of a ‘Cleaner’ (survivors) or ‘Ridden’ (the infected):

“Switch between playing as a Cleaner or Ridden. As a Cleaner, you bring the fight to enemy Ridden and aim to survive for as long as you can. As the Ridden, employ unique abilities to destroy your opponents as quickly as possible.”

BACK4BLOOD 

Fans of the original Left4Dead series will be excited to learn that Back4Blood is coming to Xbox Games Pass members for FREE, to all Games Pass subscription tiers. Back4Blood will also be available to purchase on all major digital game stores on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC. Coming 12th October 2021.

A PLAGUE TALE: REQUIEM 

A lesser-known – but equally spotlight deserving – title, the release of A Plague Tale: Innocence was a visually beautiful, narrative-driven game of horror, stealth & strategy. Set in France and following the adventures of Amicia and her young brother Hugo, we saw the siblings battle both the peril of the French Inquisition along with swarms of deadly rats responsible for spreading the black plague.

The stories of the duo and their friends that we encountered in ‘Innocence’ have got us very excited to see what Asobo Studio & Focus Home Interactive do with the franchise next. 

Not much has been revealed about the plot of ‘Requiem’ so far. All we really know is that the story once again follows Amicia and Hugo, and picks up right from where the story left off in Innocence.

Asobo Studios (developers of ‘Requiem’) have teased audiences with the following quote:

“Embark on an emotional and breathtaking journey in the sequel to the award-winning A Plague Tale: Innocence. Follow Amicia and her brother Hugo, as they do whatever it takes to survive a brutal, uncaring world.”

ASOBO STUDIO

We can’t wait to see how this one turns out. 

This game will be released in 2022 (date not yet confirmed) and will also be available to Xbox Games Pass members for free, as well as for purchase on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC and in Cloud Version on Nintendo Switch. 

And as always – Gigabit Networks have your back and can equip you with next-generation PureFibre digital infrastructure to get stuck into the latest gaming releases. 

Don’t be interrupted by peak internet usage hours, unreliable copper cables or your annoying housemates hogging all the bandwidth – and instead get Gigabit-capable, fibre-to-the-home internet with speeds up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps).

Launching this fall in Derby & Coventry. 

What are you waiting for? Check your availability here and get ready for battle 🎮

And tell us on our socials about some of the games you’re looking forward to being released over the coming months – we’d love to add more to our list!

🏆 Gigabit Networks: Winners of the ‘Technology Innovation Award 2021’

We are the proud 2021 Winners of the ‘Technology Innovation Award’ from The Local Business Awards – for our work bringing game-changing PureFibre internet to the people of the Midlands.


“We’re delighted to have won the Technology Innovation Award for our work with revolutionary PureFibre digital infrastructure.

“Gigabit PureFibre brings so much potential and many new opportunities not just to the people in the Midlands, but to other local businesses like us – and it’s fantastic to be winners of such an award.”

David Yates, Co-Founder, Gigabit Networks

Our mission is to bridge the staggering digital divide in the Midlands by giving local people the opportunity to access revolutionary 1Gbps-capable internet infrastructure – up to 20x faster than copper ‘partial’ fibre, which covers the majority of the UK. 

The award recognises the work and progress that Gigabit Networks has made over the last 2 years in empowering other businesses (and soon, home-owners) to do more with purpose-built, lightning-fast and ultra-reliable internet speeds.


“For any business to thrive they have to be digitally connected.

“Gigabit Networks is turbocharging business in the Midlands, connecting the region with game-changing technology so it can lead the way in UK digital business and be a region of smart cities and towns.

“As the Gigabit Fibre Internet Champion for the Midlands, Gigabit Networks can now call themselves Local Business Award winners in Technology Innovation – it’s very well deserved and I’m sure all the businesses they are helping would agree.”

James Murphy, Founder, The Local Business Awards


The Local Business Awards are a social enterprise with the aim of celebrating the best local businesses in the UK.

Their award categories range from ‘Heroes of Health & Social’ to the ‘Great Day Out Award’, giving recognition to those local businesses going the extra mile in the UK and inspiring individuals to start local businesses of their own. 


“The Local Business Awards are so important to recognise and lift up those smaller, local businesses which are too often overshadowed by the chains and big brands.

“Initiatives like The Local Business Awards really help smaller businesses like ours to uncover new opportunities, create new areas of employment and build networks for our local communities.”

Christian Farrar, Marketing Executive

Read more about The Local Business Awards and the 2021 Winners here.

Businesses: Get up to 3 months of lightning-fast PureFibre FREE!

20x faster* PureFibre internet for businesses – get up to 3 months of Gigabit FREE!

New customers get a free month on sign up for one of our contracts, PLUS a free month per referral to us – T’s and C’s apply

Check your availability and claim your FREE month for signing up today:


The PureFibre Difference

What would your employees do with internet speeds up to 20x faster* than they’re experiencing now?

Your outdated ‘fibre’ broadband isn’t built for what your team needs, like important Zoom calls or large file exchanges – but Gigabit PureFibre is here to change the game of business broadband.
Fill in our form to check your availability and new customers get one month of PureFibre for FREE on sign-up for one of our contracts – and read below how to refer-a-friend for up to 2 months extra free!

*than standard UK fibre broadband

  • Up to 20 times faster than standard ‘fibre’

  • 1Gbps-capable downloads and uploads

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee

  • 24/7/365 local Midlands support

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Know another business in need of faster, more reliable internet speeds?

After filling out our form above, pass on the contact details of who you want to refer to Gigabit Networks, to our friendly sales team. As a thank you, you’ll receive an extra month off for every business you refer to us (2 referrals max. per account).

That’s 3 MONTHS of lightning-fast, ultra-reliable PureFibre broadband for FREE – plus, a free month on sign up for your referral too!

Enquire about Gigabit PureFibre today.

T’s and C’s

Offer only available to new customers – and customer’s business premises must ready-for-service on the CityFibre network.

By filling in the form on this page, you are both checking your availability for our services as well as requesting your free month of PureFibre. Our sales team will let you know if your business premises are ready-for-service.

Offer applies to our available products: “GigaFlex Ethernet” and “GigaPure Ethernet Direct”. You can read more about our products here: https://gigabitnetworks.co.uk/gigabit-cities/products/

Maximum offer totals 3 months free on new customer contracts:
– New customers that sign up to using the form on this page (www.gigabitnetworks.co.uk/3-months-free-purefibre) and select ‘Tick this box to get one month of PureFibre for FREE!’ – will receive a discount of one month on their chosen contract.
– Each business may refer up to 2 other business accounts to our sales team – and the referrer will receive an additional free month on their contract per referral.

Referred businesses will also receive a free month on sign up, and will also qualify for the max. 2 business referrals offer.
These offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

New business customers must be signed up to one of our contracts before 11:59pm on 30th September to qualify for a free month of PureFibre.

Any referrals must have also signed up for a contract with Gigabit Networks before 11:59pm on 30th September for both parties to qualify for the referral offer.

Subject to availability.

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Student Accommodation

84% of students are willing to pay more money per month for ultrafast and ultra-reliable Internet access

Looking to astound your student tenants with game-changing Internet access? Gigabit Networks offers Internet speeds 20 times faster than ‘fibre’ broadband at an exceptional price.

Student Accommodation Report Download










The student accommodation sector has been heavily praised for its role during the pandemic, and rightly so. The latest UCAS report (2021) showcased purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) front line employees have operated with student well being at the forefront of their mind throughout the past 15 months.

However moving forwards, as a PBSA and houses of multiple occupant (HMO) decision maker – you know you need to up your game even further to capture the next round of students in the upcoming academic year.

With that said, fast and reliable Internet connectivity was rated the most important feature of a PBSA/HMO when paying for a rental premium as a student (UCAS, 2021).

At Gigabit Networks, we are on a mission to bridge the digital divide in the student accommodation sector across the UK, primarily in the Midlands.

We interviewed 959 students around the UK – primarily in the Midlands – around their perspective on Internet access in PBSA’s and HMO’s throughout their time at University.

View some of our key findings below or to find out how you can bolster your bottom line with ultrafast and ultra-reliable Internet access, simply fill out this form to download the full report.

Looking to astound your student tenants with game-changing Internet access? Gigabit Networks offers Internet speeds 20 times faster than ‘fibre’ broadband at an exceptional price.

Student Accommodation Report Download










The student accommodation sector has been heavily praised for its role during the pandemic, and rightly so. The latest UCAS report (2021) showcased purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) front line employees have operated with student well being at the forefront of their mind throughout the past 15 months.

However moving forwards, as a PBSA and houses of multiple occupant (HMO) decision maker – you know you need to up your game even further to capture the next round of students in the upcoming academic year.

With that said, fast and reliable Internet connectivity was rated the most important feature of a PBSA/HMO when paying for a rental premium as a student (UCAS, 2021).

At Gigabit Networks, we are on a mission to bridge the digital divide in the student accommodation sector across the UK, primarily in the Midlands.

We interviewed 959 students around the UK – primarily in the Midlands – around their perspective on Internet access in PBSA’s and HMO’s throughout their time at University.

View some of our key findings below or to find out how you can bolster your bottom line with ultrafast and ultra-reliable Internet access, simply fill out this form to download the full report.

Key Findings

  • 67%

    of students would pay £10 or more extra per month for fast and reliable Internet connection
  • 1 in 3

    students currently do not pay extra for reliable Internet access in their accommodation
  • 90%

    of students say that slow and unreliable Internet connection impacts their PBSA/HMO purchasing decision
  • GIGABIT SPEEDS

    Easily use bandwidth hungry cloud-based applications
  • SYMMETRICAL BANDWIDTH

    Same speed up and down
  • UNLIMITED DATA USAGE

    No usage restrictions
  • PICK THE PACKAGE TO SUIT YOU

    Affordable services for businesses of all sizes
  • ALWAYS ON HAND

    24/7/365 technical support
  • KEEPING YOU CONNECTED

    Guaranteed fix times

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Gigabit Networks & Internet4Schools Partnership: Schools in the Midlands to get internet access at gigabit speeds

Gigabit Networks – the Midlands champion for ultrafast internet – and Internet4Schools are today announcing a partnership that will drive internet speeds in schools up to gigabit speeds. 

For many schools this will represent at least a 10-times increase in current speeds, enabling more apps, digital learning and better-quality remote learning if required in the future. The Midlands-wide initiative combines next-gen internet technology with industry-leading content filtering and safe-guarding services – to bring world-class, fast and safe, connectivity to schools in the Midlands.

“This partnership brings together expertise in digital products and a comprehensive understanding of the future of technology in the education sector.” said Chris Kastel, MD of Internet4Schools. “It is really exciting to announce a partnership with Gigabit Networks – together we will deliver gigabit-capable internet access which will accelerate the learning and development of pupils in an ever-evolving online world.”

The technology enables teachers’ activities such as advanced-lesson planning as well as concepts such as augmented and virtual reality – that rely on ultra-reliable connectivity – that can advance and accelerate children’s online learning and educational development.

Gigabit Networks, based in Leicester, works exclusively with CityFibre to deliver its connectivity. Its mission is to bridge the digital divide in the Midlands. CityFibre is investing over £5Bn across the UK to build a completely new and independent full fibre network with a significant amount of that committed to the Midlands. Because the CityFibre network is new, prices for the world-grade internet speeds are now more affordable. 

Pure fibre connectivity from Gigabit Networks – allows for symmetrical download and uploads speeds of up to 1Gbps – more than 20 times faster than the UK average.

“Partnering with Internet4Schools provides a fantastic opportunity to advance the digital transformation in the Midlands education sector.” said David Yates, Co-Founder of Gigabit Networks. “Internet4Schools has a deep understanding of the digital needs and requirements of schools and has a track record of delivering exceptional services to the region. We are delighted to partner with them.”

To find out more about the service for your school – visit the Internet4Schools website here, or contact Gigabit Networks here.

10% off PureFibre in the workplace for Blue Light holders

The last 12 months have been tough for all of us, but especially for those working in our emergency services. Increased demand for internet bandwidth has meant that many businesses have suffered, both in productivity and in service due to glacial-speed internet connections.

Gigabit Networks is on a mission to combat outdated digital infrastructure, and instead empower our emergency services and Blue Light holders across the UK. We are offering all Blue Light card holders 10% off game-changing Gigabit internet for their workplace as a thank you for your dedicated service – so you can equip yourself and your colleagues with the best possible tools to keep on serving your local communities, and focus on what really matters.

Our Ethernet products provide fast and reliable internet connections with a minimum 99.95% SLA – and our Ultrafast, Ultra-reliable, PureFibre network is capable of delivering speeds of up to 10Gbps. We have a solution for any sized business and budget – and your connection is capable of expanding with your business, so your organisation’s investment is always future-proofed.

To claim your discount, <<ADD OFFER LINK HERE WHEN APPROVED ON BLUE LIGHT>> receive a Gigabit Networks voucher code from the Blue Light app<<ADD OFFER LINK HERE WHEN APPROVED ON BLUE LIGHT>> and fill out our form. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Want to be one of the first to receive Blue Light offers & news for Gigabit Residential? Register your interest here.

Digital Midlands: Connecting entrepreneurs, investors and talent

The month of April saw the launch of a brand new online publication – Digital Midlands.

The platform aims to bring together a community of entrepreneurs, investors and talent in the world of technology and innovation.

“We see so much potential in the Midlands for great collaboration and investment,” said Dan Ilett, Partner at 4 Oceans Ventures.

“We are focusing our portfolio on the Midlands, as we realised there isn’t really a publication or community to bring together the brilliant stories of tech creativity.”

Digital Midlands was founded due to the rich talent that can be found in the region and the potential for new business & innovation opportunities – yet the area often gets overlooked by investors.

Therefore, Digital Midlands will act as a voice to connect those stories and develop opportunities alongside the wealth of graduate talent, universities and start up businesses in the Midlands.

Gigabit Networks is proud to be a partner of Digital Midlands by sponsoring a series of webinars and events with digital thought leaders in the region.

Moving forward, the online community – an initiative led by 4 Oceans Ventures – aims to be the home for creativity, growth and resources for all things digital in the Midlands ecosystem.

Visit their website now to read the latest news in tech, innovation and investment – and sign up to their newsletter to stay in-the-know, and become a part of the Digital Midlands community.

Coventry & Derby – boot the broadband and get ready for residential fibre

What would you do with lightning fast, 1Gbps-speed internet – for as little as £50 per month?

You could… download a full-length HD movie in 12 seconds, or get your hands on Call of Duty: Warzone in less than 5 minutes.

Why waste any more of your households time waiting for slow, copper connections?

Gigabit PureFibre is coming soon to residential premises in Coventry and Derby.

We are your local Gigabit PureFibre provider – and we’re dedicated to providing households with a virtually limitless capacity by connecting homes across the Midlands to the £4bn CityFibre network.

Enjoy stress-free streaming, remove boundaries from browsing, double-up on downloads and go gaming-gaga.

Is your home one of the 500,000+ premises in the Midlands receiving flaky, unreliable internet speeds?

Boot your broadband – sign up today to receive our latest residential news and offers, and be one of the first to supercharge your home with PureFibre ethernet.

The Future of UK Business with Gigabit: £43.15bn Projected Economic Impact

What would you do with lightning fast, 1Gbps-speed internet?

Download a full-length HD movie in 12 seconds? Or get your hands on Call of Duty: Warzone in less than 5 minutes? 

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the future of internet use in the U.K – thanks to Gigabit Networks and CityFibre. 

No More Copper with Gigabit PureFibre

Current copper broadband infrastructure that is common in the UK is old, outdated and restricts you from doing the things that matter. 

Weather can easily damage or cut out your connection, fix times are slow – and we all know the curse of peak-time streaming hours.

By switching to PureFibre, these worries are a thing of the past. 

Gigabit internet presents to the UK an amazing opportunity in economic growth and business development.

Because of outdated digital infrastructure, one in five businesses in the UK are currently struggling with an unreliable internet connection.

And did you know that every employee lose on average a week of productivity every year due to slow internet speed?

Gigabit PureFibre has the ability to accelerate and future-proof any business premises – by equipping its employees with a virtually limitless capacity. 

Enabling Economic Growth

Over the next 15 years, it is predicted that Gigabit PureFibre – provided on the multi-billion pound, Goldman Sachs-backed CityFibre network – will benefit the UK with a £43.15bn total economic impact (according to research conducted by Regeneris). This ranges from benefits in the healthcare sector, to private housing and businesses and start-ups of all sizes, up and down the country. 

The breakdown of this research is as follows:

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The future is digital – and Gigabit Networks are dedicated to providing businesses in the UK with the tools they need to remain competitive, and do their jobs as easily and carefree as possible.

There are currently over half a million premises live on the CityFibre network, with a plan to expand to over 5 million premises by 2025. You can check if your business premises has Gigabit capability here.

Go Bigger on your bandwidth, productivity, accessibility and internet speeds – with PureFibre from Gigabit Networks. Read more about our products here.

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