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Are You Ready for the PSTN Switch Off?

PSTN or Public Switched Telephone Network is the aggregate of the world’s circuit-switched telephone networks and as we often mention, as our landline.

But why is this important and why should you care about it?

Well, there are lots of reasons that you probably are not aware of – the reality is that there is not a lot of coverage about it, yet, but you have to start taking measures to safeguard your future.

In 2025, the PSTN Switch Off will happen via BT Openreach.

This is all landlines being cut and replaced digitally. Despite the UK not being the first country to make this move, it can be quite stressful – it will be completely changed and renewed.

So, this huge change will happen for everyone – both businesses and residential – and it is something that nobody can avoid. 

The benefits of the Switch off include:

Cost Saving

VoIP is considered to be way more cost-effective as instead of using additional hardware you are connected to the internet connection.

Reliability

As there are no physical lines that may be disrupted by some road works, for example, VoIP can be more reliable due to using your internet, which can be 10 times faster than your landline. Furthermore, you need to have a good internet connection, and Gigabit Networks can help you with it.

Quality

The quality of phone calls will increase (depending on your connectivity) – being a positive reason for businesses as it is a crucial time-saver – and for people at home as you feel closer to your loved ones.

Seamless connection

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the world evolved reasonably quickly, with businesses adapting to flexible working and many workers becoming fully remote. 

The main secret for all of these to work smoothly is fast Internet connectivity and Cloud. 

With VoIP, what will happen is the start of a revolution that will end when all devices are connected to each other, with a seamless connection that works on a smooth ecosystem, making your life easier.

Despite all these benefits, some people may indeed be negatively impacted by this change – and that is why everyone should be educated in this, with time, to understand what can be done. 

The main affected ones will be people who aren’t used to technology and people who live in rural areas that rely on landlines. 

However, BT Openreach has said that replacement products will be available for everyone, depending on their individual needs and location.

The main advice to help you prepare for the 2025 Switch Off is instead of renewing your landline number when your contract is over, update it to a VoIP replacement. 

If it is for your business this can mean that you are a step ahead of your competition, and if it is for your household, it takes off the stress you will be upon when being obliged to do it.

It is truly important to have more than just a good internet connection – as every day new updates will continue to come, and the internet will be the main asset to have, in order to function all your devices efficiently. 

GigaFast broadband allows you to navigate at up to 930Mbps at only £49 per month, being this, one of the best prices per speed you will get in the market.

Soon, we will also be able to provide you with VoIP landline replacement for only £6 extra on top of whichever broadband package you choose to acquire.

Take a look at our ultrafast GigaFast packages here to secure an ultra-reliable network for your future VoIP landline.

Gigabit connectivity can increase your property viewings by 82%

In a world where going online has become the norm for everyone, expectations for reliable internet (especially in private rental homes) has increased rapidly and is now at the top of tenants’ priority list.  

A 2019 student survey found that a landlord providing internet access in their property meant that prospective tenants were 82% more likely to view.

Internet speeds are now a buyers top priority  

A recent study revealed that 71% of buyers would now reject their ‘ideal home’ if the available broadband didn’t meet the minimum requirements, whereas a further 22% said they would try and negotiate a lower price as high speed internet connectivity is an essential part of the renting decision making process. 

Gigabit boosts your property value 

Selling your home can bring many challenges your way, especially when it comes to your internet speeds. If you have fast speeds and rarely suffer with interruption when streaming, your house price is likely to be safe.  

However, if you do have slow internet, this might be something to consider sorting before selling your house, as a recent study showed that slow broadband could knock 20% off the value of your home.  

It’s not all doom and gloom – our Gigabit products can provide you and your property with ultrafast and ultra-reliable broadband that you can trust and depend on. Feel free to check out our tailored offerings here.

We can help you work from home  

Covid-19 has been a game-changer for businesses and the way employees are now working, which has now led to a new era of productivity and digital-inclusivity. 

Working from home can put a lot of pressure on your internet, especially if there’s more than one remote worker in the household, as it was revealed that 37% of properties have speeds that are significantly slower than what they actually need.   

Future-proof your invesment 

With the government now introducing new building regulations, it is mandatory for property developers to ensure that almost every new home is built with support for gigabit-capable broadband.  

This new law means that 3,000 extra residential buildings a year will be connected to gigabit speeds. 

So why not get a head start? At Gigabit Networks we offer a variety of products for any homes – at gigabit speeds, symmetrical bandwidth and around the clock technical support so you’ll never have to worry.  

Gigabit and cost-effectiveness goes hand in hand 

75% of buyers say that they would be more inclined to rent a property that had pre-installed internet access, and a further 88% said that fast internet was something that they specifically look for.  

Though broadband can require an upfront investment, Gigabit Networks can offer you affordable prices no matter how big or small your company is.  

Check out our product prices and their benefits here. Or if you would like to find out more information, talk to one of our team members here.  

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs FTTP Broadband

What is FTTP broadband? FTTP stands for Fibre To The Premises which is where fibre broadband is directed straight to a home instead of a cabinet that services an area. It’s faster, more reliable and a lot more secure.

But why does a business need FTTP? And what daily benefits are available with it?

1. High Performance 

Unlike FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet), the main benefit is that FTTP is a direct fibre connection and has the highest speed capacity than standard fibre broadband, because of this, FTTP can reach speeds up to 20x faster than your average broadband. There is nothing that compares.

2. Cost Effective 

“Slow internet causes costly delays in your company’s operations and workflow management. It’s been revealed the average employee wastes one week per year waiting for their network to respond”-  Nick Hastreiter. 

Now multiply this by 100 employees. 

3. Ultra-reliable

If you are living in a busy home with multiple devices or if you’re a business owner you will almost certainly benefit a lot more from FTTP.  Why? Not only is it a lot faster, but there are less chances of your internet cutting out half way through an important email or call to a client.  

4. Rapid Installation 

While FTTC is the most common and accessible option for many, FTTP is only available to 15% of households, but this is soon to change as the government has a target to get more homes connected. 

Your area is not serviced yet? You can show your interest here and we will do the rest.

5. Upgrade at anytime 

You are able to upgrade your business at any time, so that you can enjoy ultrafast broadband without the penalties. 

Want to find out more? Check out our product page visiting GigaFast FTTP here.

Gigabit Networks to join CityFibre’s Revolutionary Full Fibre Network in Coventry

Gigabit Networks is proud to announce it is to offer ultrafast, reliable, full fibre, gigabit-speed broadband to 131,500 premises in Coventry, including schools and the NHS, starting this month.

Services will be available over the CityFibre network, which is investing an additional £12.5million to boost its original £60million investment in rolling out full fibre across the city.

Gigabit Networks joins a growing list of consumer internet service providers (ISPs) to offer full fibre services to consumers over CityFibre’s national open access networks.

CityFibre is currently engaged in an up to £4billion gigabit city investment programme and we will be the latest consumer ISP to become a partner.

Speaking of the agreement, Leigh Hunt, city manager at CityFibre, said: “Working with Gigabit Networks, we will help support Coventry’s diverse communities by giving them access to the fastest and most reliable broadband speeds in the UK. This partnership will further broaden the choice of ISPs available on the CityFibre network

“We look forward to seeing even more homes and businesses take advantage of this state-of-the-art connectivity and what it can enable in the future.”

David Yates, co-founder of Gigabit Networks, which is based in the Midlands, added: “Our partnering with CityFibre means we are capable of truly bridging the digital divide across the Midlands. Coventry is a city with deep history, culture and industry-leading innovation. Joining the CItyFibre ultrafast network means greater prospects for people across the city.”

For more information about CityFibre’s investment in Coventry visit cityfibre.com/gigabit-cities.

To register your interest, visit gigabitnetworks.co.uk/coventry

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.

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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.

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.

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?  

Happy Health Care with Gigabit Networks.

With advances in the internet of health care come the connectivity challenges for healthcare operators across the UK. As their internet connections get bombarded by an ever increasing array of devices and services, is it any wonder it’s slow?

It doesn’t have to be any more with Gigabit Networks.

Can your residents and patients communicate with family and friends easily, or keep themselves entertained while waiting for care?

Can your staff send, download, and access important data and medical records safely and at a speed to do their jobs effectively?

MRI’s, X-rays, smart beds, oxygen monitoring devices and proximity sensors all require a fast, reliable internet connection; without one can your patients be provided with the most essential treatments and monitoring without complication? 

Internet speeds are now paving the way for both the efficiency and flexibility of health care tasks and treatments. A PureFibre connection will become an essential for every hospital, care home, and clinic across the country.

With the ongoing pandemic causing non-essential appointments and therapies to move online, health care has to get up to speed with Gigabit capable internet to provide the best care.

Why Gigabit Networks?

Gigabit internet services are ultrafast, ultra-reliable connections capable of delivering symmetrical access tot he internet at speeds of 1Gbps or more.

Our GigaPure Ethernet Direct delivers up to 10Gbps and is monitored 24/7, we even guarantee 100% uptime.

Using advanced innovative technology, our fibre ethernet connection is more cost-effective and reliable then ever before. This allows us to offer health care locations, close to our network, extremely affordable dedicated bandwidth of 1Gbps or more.

Happier and Healthier Care with Gigabit Networks

What this means is that:

  • Patients and care home residents can stream entertainment to devices without any excessive strain on your network. This helps your carers and IT team keep people happy.
  • Family can rest easy knowing their loved ones are receiving the best possible care, “FaceTiming” with ease and without delay or communication issues. 
  • Appointments can be scheduled with ease whilst digital data, high-resolution scans and records are transferred safely, securely, and speedily – providing your admin staff the resources they need without any hassle.
  • Practitioners and Doctors can provide the best mental and physical health care from a distance with software like Microsoft Teams and Zoom without having to worry about internet speeds.

Gigabit Networks can help you to provide happy and healthy care to everybody in hospitals, care homes, and clinics. 

Get in contact with us today for more information on dedicated packages for healthcare.

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.

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