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Gigabit Networks to join CityFibre’s 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 interest in a service, visit cityfibre.com/gigabit-cities.

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.

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:

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.

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.

International Nurses Day 2021

The previous year has been like no other in the healthcare sector.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the incredible dedication, hard work and sacrifice of our nurses into the spotlight like never before.

Along with it, fellow clinicians, essential key workers and vital resources were all pushed to the maximum.

On the 201st anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth – the pioneer of good practice in modern nursing – we commemorate the profound good of healthcare staff and reflect on their amazing impact on our lives and those of our loved ones.

There is no doubt the coronavirus pandemic has brought new and unforeseen challenges to the health service with ever-changing processes and rising expectations.

And so the reach and scope of nursing practices during the pandemic to make such a meaningful and irreplaceable difference is both extremely remarkable and humbling.

From the team at Gigabit Networks, we are eternally grateful for the crucial role nurses play within our lives every single day.

Although it is difficult to imagine working through such a distressing, life-changing pandemic, we understand the resounding need to work together to support the frontline overcoming these challenges to treating patient health.

Gigabit Networks is trying to play our part with discounted offers for NHS facilities and care homes throughout the Midlands during the pandemic.

Gigabit Networks is proud to have installed gigabit Internet access in a major Midlands NHS trust.

So that patients can get their treatments faster, nurses can communicate reliably and important information is accessed instantly.

The global pandemic will be remembered for many things, but the way nurses, care workers and healthcare professionals have battled through is truly inspirational.

Looking into the future, we are always looking for ways to support our tremendous NHS through game-changing Internet connectivity.

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Does big brand trust blind your judgement of internet service jargon?

Don’t be blinded by big brands – assess brand trust vs jargon

Things go wrong sometimes. 

Some ISPs do not understand the urgency for businesses to have reliable internet access with a quick fix. In the UK, 99% of businesses claim that a reliable internet connection is important.

An example of a real broadband product on the market that seems like great value for money, promises reliable customer service and a short 48 hour fix time. 

After digging deeper into their terms and conditions however, it can be noted that these 48 hours are business hours. This means the actual length of time a business could be left without an internet connection is as long as 6 days. 

If this period happens to fall on a Friday, your business could be waiting for over a week to get back online. 

For businesses that rely on their internet connection, this is simply not viable.

48 hours working hours vs the proper stopwatch 

That’s where we differ. 

With all of Gigabit Networks’ products you can rest easy knowing we provide rapid, same day fixes if your internet goes down. 

As part of our services, we provide a 99.9% up-time guarantee, with a 6 hour guaranteed fix 24/7

When you’re switched on, so are we, no matter what day of the week. We are dedicated to keeping your business up and running with turbocharged speeds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2021 – The year of digital

Now more than ever, the importance of access to online services has become paramount in the world of business. Covid-19, the widespread availability of affordable technology and the downfall of the UK high street have massively boosted online activity. 

Some internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK have seen a double-digit increase in broadband usage this year compared to “normal” workdays. 

There are tens of thousands of businesses in the UK that need a reliable internet connection to operate to their full potential.

To make sure you’re always connected at guaranteed speeds, check your availability for our game-changing Ethernet Flex here.

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ISPs – you get what you pay for

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When it comes to internet service providers, you get what you pay for. 

It is estimated that over 10m people in the UK are paying too much for their internet service, partly by not switching providers at the end of their contract not knowing what options are actually available on the market.

These internet connections are also often slow and powered by outdated copper wiring, despite ISPs promising pure-fibre speeds.

Some of the major ISPs on the market offer similar business products to Gigabit Networks’ game-changing ethernet GigaFlex, at prices ranging from £279 to over £400 a month.

This is up to £150 extra per month, with hidden T’s & C’s and complex jargon to add to the confusion of “which service is best for my business?”.

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With our pure-fibre GigaFlex package your business will not only be receiving some of the best quality and value for money internet speeds in the B2B market, but also the following:

  • Guaranteed 6 hour fix time
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Up to £2,500 towards installation costs
  • Extremely low latency
  • MINIMUM 200mbps internet speeds, even during peak times
  • Speed boosts of up to 1Gbps, when you need them the most

With GigaFlex, you are guaranteed the speeds you sign up for, you can rest easy knowing we’re always on hand if there is a problem with your connection, and your business can access gigabit internet for one of the lowest prices on the market. You get what you pay for – and way more for less money. 

What are you waiting for?

Check if your business is eligible for GigaFlex by clicking here.

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