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Don’t sleep walk into a speed limit – check “up-to” vs “guaranteed”

It’s easy to sign away your internet speed rights. Research shows that 91% of the broadband market is supplied and represented by the 5 largest ISPs by market share

But when you check the fine print of some of the big brand internet products, you’d be shocked what people sign up to. 

Consumers spend as little as 11 minutes a day making purchase decisions, which is unlikely to be enough time to decipher the jargon.

Speeds of “up-to”

Take the difference between “up-to” and “guaranteed” internet speeds – “up-to” is used to describe the maximum speed of an internet service, so it’s likely you won’t be hitting that for a portion of your connection. 

One example of a real broadband product that does this offers businesses download speeds of “up to 350mbps”. But when you look at the fine print, it shows the minimum download and upload you will receive is actually half of the advertised speeds – 175mbps download and 7mbps upload.

Sneaky. And perhaps one of the reasons the UK comes 47th in the ranking of broadband speeds worldwide.

 

Guaranteed speeds 

Gigabit Networks differs in this respect by instead offering you a minimum speed for ethernet products which is guaranteed at all times, even during peak internet usage hours. 

For example, our most popular product “Ethernet Flex” guarantees your business a minimum speed of 200mbps both ways (upload and download). With this product you also get the option to boost your speed when you need it the most for no extra cost, to 1Gbps.

That is the Gigabit Networks pure-fibre difference. 

 

When choosing an ISP, you get what you pay for and we recommend you carefully read the terms and conditions and fully understand what you’re receiving of your internet product before you purchase.

To see if your business premises can access the game-changing Ethernet Flex from Gigabit Networks (with no hidden T’s and C’s on internet speed), click here

 

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.

Time for fibre? UK slows to 47th place in global broadband speed race

Following the most recent instalment of the “worldwide broadband speed league”, it was found the UK is now the 47th fastest country in the world for average broadband speed.

This is disappointing news for UK consumers and businesses anxious to upgrade to reliable purel-fibre internet in the pursuit of gigabit speeds.

As CityFibre City Champion for Leicester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Derby, Coventry and Peterborough, Gigabit Networks aims to push the Midlands – and the UK as a whole – forward into the next generation of internet connectivity.

Just over 10% of UK households have access to pure-fibre broadband, which is the eight worst in Western Europe. This lack of accessibility hinders the social and economic growth of thriving regions such as the East Midlands.

The report outlines that the UK’s failings have been in comparatively late network rollouts, which is “causing it to stagnate while other nations gain ground”.

The data is frustrating for UK businesses wanting but unable to access gigabit internet. Many business premises would greatly benefit from 1Gbps speeds, and regional investment is pivotal to consistent productivity.

This is seen through the recent announcement that 83 GP surgeries are receiving government investment for fibre optic upgrades to bring them up to gigabit speeds.

There is no doubt that through more similar projects, much of the UK will realise the benefits of gigabit internet connectivity.

As many are left wanting to improve their poor internet speeds, to keep up with European competitors and enhance their internet experience at home, those able to can look toward Ethernet Flex.

Those with the pure fibre Ethernet Flex package are promised 200mbps speeds, with the ability to upgrade in boosts to a guaranteed gigabit connection.

The £249 per month deal comes with 36 months SLA with 24/7 support, and up to £2,500 installation costs.

With much of the UK now looking at options to upgrade their internet, and pure fibre network rollouts slowly but surely expanding CityFibre’s midlands reach, Ethernet Flex is the next step in pushing the UK’s average broadband speed forward and up the global rankings.

Contact Gigabit Networks here to enquire about your Ethernet Flex package.

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.

Government softens pledge for nationwide Gigabit-cable broadband by 2025

Boris Johnson’s £4bn Gigabit broadband investment has had its “highly ambitious” goal downplayed by the UK government. The strategy, pledging to have “gigabit-capable” fibre internet in every home by 2025, was treated with suspicion by the telecoms industry when announced last year.

Now, these suspicions have been justified, as the PM softened his approach, by saying “we’ll go as far as we possibly can by 2025. The UK Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, delivered the updated comments to the House of Commons last week, contrasting previous enthusiasm for the project.

The proposition of a nation capable of ultrafast internet is a goal many are pushing relentlessly toward. Here in the midlands, especially, where Cambridge, for example, is undergoing a pure fibre rollout, and Leicester is making steps toward becoming one of the world’s most digitally connected cities.

Much of this ambition comes from a growing set of alternative network providers, most notably with Cityfibre, who’s goal of providing 8 million premises with fast, reliable internet is aiding the government’s objectives. The plan detailed a technology-neutral approach, aiming to provide all premises with:

 Gigabit Capable Connectivity with a normally available download speed of at least 500Mbps and upload speed of 200Mbps.

 In limited circumstances, Ultrafast Capable Connectivity with a normally available download speed of at least 50Mbps and 20Mbps upload.

As a City Champion of Cityfibre, Gigabit Networks is currently doing just that, bringing pure fibre networks to Cambridge, Leicester and Nottingham. You can take advantage of the reliability, strength and speed of Gigabit broadband now, by contacting us, and choosing one of our three pure fibre plans.

Elsewhere, however, private investment achieves a reach of around 70%, and with a timescale many perceive as too short, success of the development plan might be down to how far and fast operators can work in coming years.