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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. 

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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.

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Up your global game: Compete faster with gigabit Ethernet Flex…

Ten countries have now made FTTP broadband available to at least 95% of their homes. The United Kingdom is trailing behind, but the rapid construction of digital infrastructure – and more affordable, flexible packages – is making gigabit internet a reality for many here.

The UK has gone from 1% coverage in 2012 to nearly 15% midway through 2020. Key pure fibre deployment has been ramping up significantly the past few years, with much of the construction coming from alternative providers like CityFibre.

As a CityFibre City Champion for Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Cambridge, Coventry and Peterborough, Gigabit Networks are part of this race to keep the Midlands – and the UK – on the heels of these leading countries.

For businesses with international competition, the idea of foreign competitors operating at gigabit speeds on a more reliable internet connection may be worrying. The international economic impact of a UK running on ultrafast broadband is impossible to calculate but shouldn’t be understated.

The appeal of pure-fibre gigabit internet can often be made relative to downloading a film, for example. Countries like Singapore see productivity potential, however. Singapore is now the first FTTP-only fixed broadband market in the world. This has and will continue to create infrastructure-related jobs, improve commercial productivity and makes remote working easier than ever.

The UK’s objective of nationwide gigabit broadband by 2025 may have softened, but the speed of this government push is more vital than ever, with economic recession and a changing work culture clearly shaping the near future.

Right now, companies able to access gigabit speeds will understand the impact pure fibre broadband can bring but are likely unable to pay the prices for gigabit plans at the top of the UK’s capabilities.

The stopgap between now and 2025 is Gigabit Networks’ Ethernet Flex package.

At only £249.99 a month, the plan is shaped around affordability and flexibility. Ethernet Flex provides speeds of 200mbps, with the ability to upgrade in bursts to 1gbps speeds.

Your premises and workforce will improve their productivity at 200mbps and when times of upturn increase demand for upload and download speeds, the option is there.

The deal also boasts 36 months SLA with 24/7 support and up to £2,500 installation costs. Gigabit Networks understands the need for ultrafast, reliable internet in UK businesses and is here to push you forward into the next generation of internet connectivity.

So, as the UK works tooth and nail to close the gap between them and much of the developed world, make sure your business isn’t left behind.

Check your business’ gigabit availability, and contact Gigabit Networks to discuss the package that is right for you.

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Why we love CityFibre

Gigabit Networks was keen to partner with CityFibre as a City Champion because of our shared vision for pure fibre as a major driving force for unlocking the digital potential of businesses across The Midlands.

Being at the forefront of this digital revolution alongside CityFibre is a tremendous opportunity for us as more businesses adopt pure-fibre services to future proof themselves in a gigabit age.

One of the major advantages of working with CityFibre as a City Champion is the dedicated account management we’ve received, if we need any information or assistance, we know help is at hand.

We also really value the proactive support to help us drive strong pure fibre business, whether that is through supplying network information or through marketing support to help us identify, nurture and win new business opportunities.

 

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