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.

How ultrafast broadband can drive more business: the shift to e-commerce

According to Nasdaq research, by 2040 95% of purchases will be online. This may be a shock to small businesses. Luckily, we have about 18 years to adjust!

Now we can probably say we saw this coming, most of us can see the slow but sure shift to e-commerce where convenience and speed is a priority. This has only been catalysed by the pandemic where customers boosted amazon’s profits by 220%.

So, going digital now might just give you the edge you need against your competitors – don’t wait till 2040. The internet is inevitably going to open your business up to more customers and make your product/service accessible to all.

So how can my SME make the jump to digital?

Finding a platform

In a world so dominated by e-commerce, there’s going to be competition, but there will also be a larger customer base. You can choose to build this customer base through selling platforms such as Amazon, eBay or Etsy or you can create this customer base yourself by building your own selling platform and attracting audience through digital marketing. 

Eventually, businesses making enough sales tend to migrate to their own site rather than using a selling platform anyway – this way they can cut out the high charges that these platforms tend to add so consider this when choosing your platform.

Examples of great platforms to create your own store include sites such as WixShopify and Squarespacewhere you can build your store, add plugins and track progress.

Once you’ve found your preferred platform you can begin to build your store. 

To maintain this store, you should of course consider the business connection you’re using – downtime can be bad for business and somebody needs to be available as much as possible to answer potential customer queries and track orders as 82% of consumers expect a response within 5 minutes via live online chats.

GigaFast Business Fibre is the perfect product for e-commerce – we can ensure your store stays online with our 99.95% SLA and next business day fix. The ROI (return on investment) is massive at just £99 per month for 1Gbps symmetrical speeds.

Digital Marketing

Now you have your platform and a reliable connection to keep it running you need to consider digital marketing if you haven’t already. 

If you’re not in a position to employ a digital marketer to help you out, consider taking a free digital marketing course – like this one from Hubspot – to help you learn how to get your product/service out to the right people. You could also cut costs by finding a freelance marketer on sites such as Fiverr.

If you employ the right marketing strategy alongside a few well thought out ads, you will start to see revenue in no time.

So how does all of this relate to superfast broadband?

To make things easier to understand, imagine your (potential) e-commerce business is a plant. Broadband is like water. Ultrafast broadband, however, is like water infused with fertiliser and nutrients.

Ultrafast broadband, like GigaFast Business Fibre, is going to have everything you need to facilitate the growth of this e-commerce business, your options will be limitless and you won’t be held back by what you can get away with on a tiny bandwidth.

A fast and reliable service will inevitably feed straight into customer experience as well. If your customer service staff are struggling to respond to customer queries due to long loading times or your connection cutting out altogether, customers may not return.

Innovation opportunities are also limitless. Live streaming is a relatively new avenue in digital marketing which engages customers and communicates the value of products. Customers won’t get a good impression if the live stream is constantly buffering. 

So, stay ahead of the times, don’t get left behind. 

Make the shift to e-commerce today and switch to a Gigabit Business Fibre connection – we won’t let you down.

How your SME can harness the power of the cloud – 3 important tools

In 2022 your small business must be digitally optimised, so if you aren’t already utilising the Cloud then why haven’t you caught up?

Getting used to new tech can be daunting at first, but the advantages the Cloud can have for your businesses are endless, and so many cloud-based tools are free. All you need is a good internet connection – but we’ve got you sorted there.

What is the Cloud?

In the digital space when we talk about the Cloud, we don’t mean the ones in the sky! 

The tech industry tends to make the Cloud sound like some ominous out-of-reach being that is far beyond anyone’s understanding – certainly not something to be used by a small business such as yours.

Realistically the Cloud is much less daunting than it seems. It is essentially a term for services and software run on the internet rather than being run on your computer, however most cloud services can be accessed through your computer aswell.

It’s likely you’re already using some Cloud services without knowing it. Tools such as Dropbox and Google Drive are well-known cloud services that many people and businesses use. 

Well, what can the Cloud do for my business?

Whether you’re an e-commerce business or you have a physical shop – there’s something the cloud can do for all of us. It could be organisation, back-ups or implementing a hybrid working model – the Cloud can help you do it all.

From accessing programmes to storing data, the uses of the Cloud are endless and can be very overwhelming. 

We have decided to handpick our top 3 Cloud tools that will help your small business get started. Couple these tools with a GigaFast connection and you’ll have everything you need to digitally optimise your small business.

Cloud storage – Google Drive

Cloud storage is where data and applications are stored on separate servers and accessed via the internet. 

This means you no longer have to worry about your computer or phone having enough storage, or a certain document only being on one device, the Cloud has that handled for you!

Having a Cloud storage solution also means you don’t ever have to worry about losing data or information, everything is stored away in the cloud where you can access it 24/7. 

You also won’t have to worry about massive filing cabinets or extra office space just for information, digital storage is the future.

Our favourite cloud storage tool is Google Drive. It is free to use and allows you to store files across all your devices in a simple and easy-to-use interface. These files can also be shared with team members or kept private if needed. A much easier alternative to passing papers around in meetings.

SaaS – Google Workspace

SaaS means software-as-a-service and is the future of working in the post-covid world. 

SaaS platforms will enable your business to function from your business site, from home or from anywhere in the world (as long as you have a device and a stable internet connection). 

Our favourite SaaS tool is the Google Workspace, you’re probably already aware of a few aspects of this suite of tools. It includes popular apps such as Gmail and Google Calendar. Google drive is also a part of Google Workspace – it’s amazing how much everything in the Cloud links together!

Google Workspace also includes other applications such as google docs, google sheets, google slides, google forms, google meets and more.

All of your work within these applications can sync up in your google drive and you can collaborate with other members of your team at any time. It is essentially a virtual workspace, making home and hybrid working so much easier – and best of all, it’s free!

Cloud hosting

Now, this tool may not be 100% relevant to every small business but if your website is giving you trouble, or if you find yourself with larger spikes of visitors, cloud website hosting might be the solution for you. 

This also might be a solution to think about for the future. As your small business grows, you’re going to need to eventually have a website with a larger capacity.

With shared website hosting, (what most people use) your server may be slow as it is shared with others. 

With dedicated hosting, you get an entire server to yourself, but as you can imagine, the costs aren’t very small business-friendly.

With cloud hosting, your website is hosted in the cloud – with virtual server space. This means bandwidth is spread across multiple servers essentially ruling out many issues that you may find with other web hosting alternatives. This solution is especially great if you use e-commerce.

Our favourite cloud hosting tool is Hostinger. At just £7.99 a month on a 48-month plan, their prices are extremely small business-friendly and they offer unlimited bandwidth, fast server speeds and an excess of other features.

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.  

What does it mean to be a Gigabit partner?

Gigabit Networks is here to transform the Midlands into smart towns and cities, providing consumers with ultrafast, ultra-reliable purefibre. 

In today’s collaborative working culture, we believe that partnerships bring a wealth of advantages to a reseller. 

Gigabit Networks offer two main types of partnerships that can be tailored to your unique business requirements: 

Firstly, our dealer partnerships which are typically for IT, telecom and/or Software companies serving SME businesses which need fast, reliable internet to deliver their services. 

If you are a business who wants to supply their customers with better internet, but don’t want the headache of supporting it, you can simply provide us with the details of your client and we’ll take care of the rest for you – from onboarding, to installation, to customer support and billing. 

Dealer partners will receive a sales commission based on referral volumes. 

Secondly, a reseller partnership is available to companies who already deliver other telecom services to their customer base, so already have the necessary systems and support services in place to properly support their customers. 

Reseller responsibilities include billing and 1st/2nd line support of the services. Resellers do have access to our service on a wholesale basis with discounts in line with the number of circuits you have in your estate. 

Interested to find out more? Simply head over to our partners page to get in touch.

How your business can join the sustainability revolution with Gigabit broadband

Sustainability is such a big focus right now, and rightly so. But did you know your choice of internet provider could also affect your carbon footprint?

To understand how a full-fibre connection could be more sustainable we must first delve into what one actually is. A full-fibre connection like ours would use a fibre-optic cable, straight from the exchange and into your premises, this is called a fibre to the premises connection (FTTP). A part-fibre connection would use fibre cable from the exchange to the street cabinet and a normal copper line from the cabinet to your premises, this is called a fibre to the cabinet connection (FTTC). 

Now, why does this matter? FTTP or FTTC, they only affect speeds, right? Well not necessarily. Firstly, fibre networks do not need to be replaced every 5 years like copper ones do, they can last decades. They can also handle a massive amount of bandwidth – essentially futureproofing. This prevents a massive amount of wastage that could be created from either copper wires needing to be replaced at the end of their life, or from wiring that needs to be taken out once bandwidth capabilities increase to levels that copper wires cannot sustain.

As well as this, full fibre is more energy efficient. This means less energy needs to be used to transmit the same amount of data as a copper cable. Copper wiring also tends to get warm, losing a fair amount of energy to the environment just as heat. This also creates a need for cooling systems anywhere that the heat being dissipated from copper wires could lead to a safety hazard. These cooling systems also use massive amounts of energy themselves. Fibre infrastructure doesn’t need any of this! 

The actual make-up of a fibre infrastructure is also massively important. Copper wiring involves the mining of copper, which is a finite resource, this means at some point in the future we will need a replacement anyway. The extraction processes of copper also uses sulphuric acid which creates mists that can destroy crops and even damage the quality of the land. Copper extraction is also thought to be a lead cause of acid rain. Fibre cables however are mainly made of glass or plastic which can be sourced in a much more sustainable way than copper can.

So how does all this affect your business? Well, FTTP can provide a reliable connection using a future-proof infrastructure that not only conserves more energy than copper wiring but also doesn’t contribute to the harsh effect that copper mining has on our planet. Find out more about Giga fast business fibre and start the transition to sustainability.

Want to learn more about internet sustainability for your business? Take a look at Cathleen Blogger’s, sustainability steward at Mozilla, keynore at OOP 2021

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

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

Gigabit Networks will offer Full Fibre internet to residential properties in Derby where CityFibre is investing £45million in rolling out a Full Fibre network across the city

The first customers are expected to be connected in September this year

We join a growing list of consumer ISPs to offer Full Fibre services to consumers over CityFibre’s national open access networks   


14 July 2021: CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent Full Fibre platform, has announced Gigabit Networks has joined its Full Fibre network to deliver Gigabit home broadband services in Derby.

CityFibre is currently engaged in an up to £4billion Gigabit City Investment Programme and we will be the latest consumer-internet service provider (ISP) to become a partner.

Gigabit Networks, based in the Midlands, will offer ultrafast, reliable gigabit-speed Full Fibre broadband to some 122,000 Derby-based premises, including schools and the NHS and others in the region.

Speaking of the agreement, Dominika Walker, City Manager at CityFibre, said: “We are delighted to be working with Gigabit Networks, which will offer an exciting and sought-after Gigabit speed home broadband service.

“During these unprecedented times, Full Fibre is increasingly vital for many elements of our daily lives and we look forward to seeing even more homes and businesses take advantage of what this level of connectivity can enable now and in the future.”

David Yates, co-founder of Gigabit Networks, added: “We’re delighted to partner with CityFibre. Our agenda is to bridge the digital divide in the Midlands. Derby is a champion of industry, ideas and innovation. Ultrafast internet made available to homes and businesses will enable great opportunities for work and home life.”

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

To register your interest in ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband in Derby, visit gigabitnetworks.co.uk/derby.

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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