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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.

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.

Care Homes Offered Ultra-fast Internet Free for 12-months

Gigabit Networks is offering free, ultra-fast internet to care homes in the UK for up to a year – hoping to enrich the lives of residents so badly affected by COVID-19.

We recognise that digital technology is invaluable in helping elderly and vulnerable people stay in touch with family and friends, as well as helping with everyday tasks such as shopping, ordering prescriptions and banking, and this is heightened during the pandemic.

Working with CityFibre, the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure, Gigabit Networks aims to help care home residents by providing far superior internet speeds.

Standard broadband relies on ageing copper connections, which can often be slow. Pure fibre from Gigabit Networks overcomes these limitations to deliver a considerably improved service.

Dan Ilett, CEO of Gigabit Networks, said: “Internet use among older age groups has increased substantially over the last five years – from 52% in 2011 to 83% in 2019, and the current situation is likely to speed that up even more.

“So many elderly people have been separated from their loved ones during the pandemic, as care homes have been hit very hard by the pandemic. If we can help a few more people to see each other and talk more often, albeit virtually, we believe that will only be beneficial to their overall wellbeing.

He added: “In a care home, we hope that fast and efficient internet can re-spark interests and fuel a happier life by connecting residents – without limits – to all their favourite people, hobbies and interests. We are proud to be able to support care homes in this way.”

CityFibre responded to a request fromNHSX, a government unit with responsibility for setting national policy and developing best practice for NHS technology, digital and data, to support care homes by working with its City Champions including Gigabit Networks to offer a new 1Gbps connection offer to keep care home residents and staff connected. 

The scheme offers our ‘Ethernet Flex Care’ package to care homes including free installation and no monthly subscription charges for six to 12 months, depending on the contract option chosen.

The availability of gigabit internet in care homes will not only benefit residents but staff too. 1Gbps internet speeds in the workplace removes limits to communication and will improve productivity. 

Companies like CityFibre are transforming Britain’s digital landscape, investing nearly £4Bn to build dense pure fibre networks in more than 60 Cities across the UK. 

This offer is available to care homes when signing up to one of our “Ethernet Flex Care” plans before 30th November 2020. 

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.

What is the Gigabit PureFibre difference?

The word “fibre”, when describing broadband services, can prove confusing. The ASA, Advertising Standards Authority, have regulations in place allowing certain products to be defined as “fibre”.

In theory, this should remove unnecessary jargon from customers’ everyday lives. For those looking at pure-fibre broadband, though, it may seem hard to understand what the cream of the crop is.

Put simply, there are three main benefits to pure-fibre internet connections. Firstly, pure fibre internet has a fixed connection speed. This means the connection speed will not fluctuate throughout the length of your contract.

Secondly, radio frequency interference spikes cannot cause a loss of signal on a pure fibre connection.

Finally, with a pure fibre connection, there is no sync period, except for PPPoE sessions etc.

The majority will compromise to save some money, yet those looking for a Gigabit connection which can allow ultrafast, reliable connectivity, need to know the giant leap that a Gigabit speed can achieve.

Companies looking for unprecedented speeds and consistency across multiple devices need assurance of making the right investment.

Alternative Gigabit network providers like CityFibre have pushed hard to stop the use of the word “fibre” for services such as VDSL2 or DOCSIS 3.0. A compromise may come in the form of using terms such as “partial fibre” or “hybrid fibre” which better describes services utilising FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) technologies.

The difference between these services, and pure fibre connections such as the ones provided by Gigabit Networks, which is a City Champion for Cityfibre for the Midlands, is the strength and consistency of the fibre-optic connection.

Whilst FTTC uses a fibre connection up until the roadside cabinet, it utilises less-reliable copper wiring to complete the connection. Although this provides what is technically a fibre broadband connection, the copper used often delivers a less reliable, slower internet than promised.

For the Cityfibre pure fibre connections that Gigabit Networks sells across Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Cambridge and Coventry, FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) technologies are used. This takes the strong, industrial-grade fibre materials from the local exchange directly to your home or business.

So – to remember these distinctions is to understand the tangible benefits of what a pure fibre Gigabit connection is, and why to be cautious when searching for plans with the label “fibre”.

Read about our products and contact us today if you’d like to experience Pure Fibre.

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