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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:

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.

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.

Cancel the Curse of Copper Connections: What is a good upload speed?

Why is my upload speed so slow?!

Have you ever noticed that your uploads seem to take light years to complete compared to your downloads – slowing down the efficiency of you or your colleagues?

When debating over which ISP to go with, some consumers don’t check for upload speed or aren’t aware of the difference when considering which contract to enter. 

You may be tempted to go straight to one of the ‘big guys’ with their guaranteed download speeds – but many providers don’t list specific upload speeds in their large print, misleading businesses who need more bandwidth than they can offer. 

It’s also common to see broadband providers supply details of upload speeds over 90% slower than their subsequent download speed.

Why doesn’t my ISP care about my upload speeds?

Chances are, they probably do. 

But the issue isn’t with your provider hogging your upload bandwidth – it comes down to the limited capabilities and lack of availability of bandwidth with standard internet infrastructure.

Common, copper broadband that is present in the majority of U.K homes and businesses doesn’t have the capability to handle high upload speeds. They were built over two decades ago with a completely different purpose. 

In the 90’s, it was assumed the internet would be used for the consumption of content as opposed to the supply of content. This means that our upload speeds will always pale in comparison to downloads on a standard, copper broadband connection in the UK. 

This isn’t so bad for consumers at home who need that Warzone download quickly or want to stream the Drag Race finale – but detrimental to some businesses who rely on their upload speed for their employees to do their job properly.

Slow internet speeds alone cause brands to lose 38 hours a year in productivity, per employee – potentially costing days more for those employees constantly uploading large documents, images or videos. 

What is a good upload speed?

A ‘good’ upload speed is all dependent on what you use it for and how much you rely on uploading large files and media to complete everyday tasks. The amount of bandwidth required for uploads will change depending on what you’re using it for.

There are hundreds of job roles in the U.K. which place the same amount of importance on upload speed, as download speed – possibly more.

Take the job of a radiographer for example. Their job wouldn’t be possible without the ability to quickly upload super high-quality images taken from their multiple radiographic examinations throughout the day and night – regardless of number of users, or peak usage hours. 

A hospital’s internet speed and bandwidth must be capable of juggling connections and usage from thousands of devices, all downloading & uploading large files at the same time.

For creative employees such as video editors, streamers or graphic designers – it’s crucial to have the ability to provide your audience with relevant content when it matters, without the stress of a delay to upload or in streaming. Two-way communications are just as – if not more – important than simply downloads.

Hitting your audience with relevant, up-to-date content proves difficult when a simple 15 minute, 1080p video takes around 50 minutes to upload on a standard UK broadband speed (7mbps, UK 2020; calculator).

How can Gigabit internet help us ‘cancel the curse of copper connections’?

Don’t get tangled up in outdated copper wiring and opt for a PureFibre, Gigabit-capable connection instead. 

PureFibre on the CityFibre network gives businesses minimum, GUARANTEED internet speeds both ways – for both uploads and downloads. 

Modern connections are been developed, built and installed with the future of the internet in mind. 

Using Gigabit Networks’ Ethernet Flex product, for example – uploading the same 15 minute, 1080p video above would take just 1 minute and 47 seconds (calculator) – so you can get your content where it needs to be, when you need it the most with no delay. 

Factors you might not have even thought of, such as weather and maintenance, can also cause standard, copper connections to drop – detrimental to businesses who rely on their internet for operations. 

Our 99.99% SLA and 6 Hour Guaranteed fix guarantees maximum uptime – meaning you don’t have to worry if the worst happens and your internet goes down. We won’t leave you in the dark – unlike some other ISP’s, who declare in their fine print that you could be left up to 5 business days before your connection is repaired and back online.

Our advice? Always check the fine print, and assess all of your employee and business needs when deciding on your internet provider. Assumptions based on product descriptions could leave you with an upload speed over 10 times slower than your downloads, or a 5 business day wait to fix your connection. Don’t be fooled by big name brands or confusing ISP jargon. 

If you’d like to find out more about how our PureFibre, Gigabit Ethernet Flex Package will boost your businesses’ productivity, find out more here.

If you’d prefer to speak to someone about your specific business needs and how we can help streamline your business, book a no-pressure meeting with a Gigabit specialist to discuss the possibilities of Gigabit.

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Mental Health Matters: 124% increase in searches for online therapy

Keeping happy is hard, especially in light of the current pandemic.

With a mental health crisis already taking hold of the UK, keeping connected is essential to continue caring for those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

The internet has provided critical treatment to so many throughout the COVID crisis, with counselling and therapy moving online to become virtual.

This step has helped many receive the right care to help them on their way to a brighter future.

With service speed being the top priority for many health care centres, PureFibre is essential for every health care setting, providing mental health assistance. This means that quick, qualitative and quantitative internet services provide the immediate care and assistance needed during this time.

Prepare now, not later

While mental health care has improved substantially in recent years, the number of people suffering from conditions has only increased exponentially.

Recent studies by the UK-based institutions Mental Health Foundation (1, 2) and Young Minds (3) indicate that the current pandemic has caused an increase in feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts across all age groups.

What this means is that pandemic’s effects on mental health are only just beginning to come into fruition. With treatment and counselling moving online, you’ve got to make sure you have dedicated internet and bandwidth that can provide urgent and necessary care now.

Here to help

Our gigabit internet services deliver to some of the highest speed connections and download speeds available to public settings. This will be keeping you up to date and online all the time, and allow practitioners and doctors to provide the very best of care to everybody in the comfort of their own homes.

Last year, studies showed that there was increase in 124% to searches for online counselling – the need for more reliable, healthcare support-capable digital infrastructure in the UK has never been more pressing.

Our GigaPure Ethernet Direct delivers up to 10Gbps and is monitored on a 24 hour basic so that we keep you up and running all of the time. Not only that, but our incredibly reliable service comes with guaranteed uptime SLA and a 6-hour fix, all at a fantastic price point.

Let us help you to provide the excellent mental health people need.
Get in contact with us today for details on our dedicated packages for health care settings.

The Need for Productivity-Boosting, Gigabit Internet Speeds in the UK

With internet usage more than doubling in 2020, it has come to light how impactful the pandemic was on our independent internet activity.  

“Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”. The message was clear, and we have worked together to save as many as we could at the expense of our freedom.  

Yet almost a year after the UK’s first lockdown, the country has now entered its third. 

Having spent months and months stuck inside their homes, the internet has become a channel to regains some of the freedoms people were missing. 

Shopping, socialising, entertaining, teaching, working. The essential day-to-day activities that required people to be out and about all became digital in 2020.  

Has the pandemic changed how we fundamentally complete these tasks?  

With many curious what will happen after the pandemic, it has become obvious that the nations usage of the internet won’t slow down. But why should it?  

On one hand, the internet has helped to provide comfort in a time of crisis; it has improved communications in health care settings when it was needed the most; and it shown many that they can work from home just as effectively as they could in the office. 

On the other, it has shown us that a slow or unreliable internet connection can lead to frustration, isolation and lack of productivity in the virtual workplace.    

In fact, a recent study by OnePoll showed that slow or unreliable internet connectivity resulted in an average loss of 1 week of productivity per employee per year. 

Our Commitment to Productivity, Reliability and Speed 

As we are transitioning into this new, digital era, it will be essential to ensure that everybody has access to internet that is productive, reliable, and speedy – what we pride ourselves for at Gigabit Networks.  

Our PureFibre services will enable you and other workers to be as efficient and productive as possible in completing all tasks, big and small that require an internet connection.  

Our modern, ultrafast, ultra-reliable connections mean online applications just work better and support many more concurrent users than standard broadband connections.  

And it’s not just our prices that are fantastic – all of our services come with 24/7 support, guaranteed uptime SLA and a 6-hour guaranteed fix, so the reliability is amazing too. 

The growth and expansion of internet usage in the UK is on a huge upward trajectory, showing no signs of slowing down – and with new COVID work restrictions in place, is there a better time to get ahead of the game and upgrade your internet? 

Enquire with us today and have your chosen Ethernet internet package installed and ready to use when your staff are back in the office. Don’t fall victim to time-wasting internet – prepare for the post-COVID world and supercharge your employees’ productivity with superfast, reliable internet. 

Check your availability for Gigabit speed internet and get in Contact with us today for more information – can you afford not to?  

Gigabit Networks Helps Strengthen 21st Century Comms with Acquisition of Skyline Wireless

Gigabit Networks is delighted to announce the acquisition of Suffolk-based telecoms and VOIP provider Skyline Wireless, together providing greater connectivity and internet in areas of the UK that have struggled for bandwidth.

“We’re delighted Skyline is joining the Gigabit family. The pandemic has created massive demand for faster and better-quality connectivity. We can now not only make central city businesses faster, but more rural areas too.”

Dan Ilett, CEO of Gigabit Networks

Skyline is a specialist provider of ‘last mile’ wireless internet connectivity via radio and 4/5G networks, as well as cloud-based services and security products to SME businesses.

Services provided by Skyline include Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) – part of a global industry trend towards cloud services, also known as digital transformation – and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) – a technology that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular phone line.

“The Midlands is one of the most exciting places in the UK to do business right now as the connectivity potential is huge. Most people in the Midlands haven’t realised the potential speeds and technology that are now available to them. Together Gigabit and Skyline will change that.”

David Yates, CEO of 4 Oceans Venture Capital and key investor in Gigabit Networks

Internet usage has increased by 47% as more businesses move operations online in 2020, skyrocketing the need for the most up-to-date and reliable digital infrastructure across the UK.

Gigabit Networks and Skyline Wireless are collaboratively making it easier for businesses anywhere to access modern, ultrafast and affordable internet.

What are Gigabit Cities?

CityFibre are working toward igniting the digital revolution that would see all homes, businesses and schools operating with Gigabit internet connections, changing the way we all live.

This requires great nationwide transformation, and more UK cities are receiving their Gigabit status as CityFibre builds their pure-fibre network across the country.

Underneath the streets of Gigabit Cities in the midlands, like Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Cambridge, miles of fibre optic cables now deliver pure fibre network speeds and unlimited bandwidth directly to the premises of the cities’ inhabitants.

The speeds revolutionise a region’s efficiency as a whole and facilitate economic growth. CityFibre’s £4bn project to roll out FTTP Gigabit broadband plans to reach 8 million households by 2025.

For cities like Leicester and Nottingham, this investment has enabled digital growth that has pushed them to become hotspots for tech start-ups.

SMEs across the region can take advantage of speeds able to give them the edge over competitors in different parts of the country, whilst large companies are flocking toward Gigabit cities like these when building their headquarters.

The economic impact of CityFibre’s 26 city rollout could reportedly exceed £16.3bn, and the new digital infrastructure could create over 115,000 indirect jobs.

As well as financial opportunities, Gigabit cities also facilitate citywide social and leisure development, putting ultrafast, reliable internet in homes fit for flawless gaming and unprecedented upload and download capacity.

Gigabit networks are the future, and Gigabit cities allow the opportunity for innovative future planning. As digital technologies continue to evolve rapidly, in the information age we’re living in, Gigabit cities can adapt and create faster than ever.

Ultimately, access to the internet is increasingly considered as a human right, and CityFibre’s Gigabit cities push the UK forward in to a future that allows all citizens to not be hindered by slow, inconsistent internet connections.

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