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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 full 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 full-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 full 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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Gigabit Networks is looking for partners

Are you an IT provider hoping to get your clients what they need? Are your clients looking for faster internet speeds?

As CityFibre’s City Champion in Leicester, Derby, Cambridge and Nottingham, Gigabit Networks’ mission is to help local businesses in the midlands improve their connectivity.

The Midlands’ digital trnasformation is well underway, with £4 billion of CityFibre investment going toward the UK’s digital infrastructure. Over 26% of the UK are able to access a gigabit connection and this is only going to jump, due to more major government funding.

Our pure fibre products, which provide ultrafast, reliable internet directly to homes and premises, are making gigabit speeds a reality in this region. Our prices aim to make it affordable, with plans starting at £249 per month, excluding VAT.

We are looking for local IT and service providers to take part in our partnership programme, to get the fastest internet connection available direct to your clients’ premises.

The programme offers your customers our award-winning Ethernet Flex service, with guarenteed 200mbps bandwidth both ways and bursts up to 1gbps when it’s needed, at no extra cost. This is up to 99% faster than traditional copper connections.

Gigabit internet speeds could revolutionise the way that your clients operate. Being a partner means unlocking new opportunities for your clients, as well as long-term monthly revenue for your business.

If you’re interested in learning more about our full fibre products or want a chat about our partnership programme and how it works, contact Gigabit Networks today.

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What is Gigabit Internet?

Gigabit internet is the next generation of ultrafast internet. Advanced, reliable full fibre technology enables direct internet access to businesses and homes across the UK, at speeds of 1Gbps.

One gigabit per second – a connection that could download a 5GB file in 40 seconds. That’s a HD movie, or hundreds of songs. Speeds like this are regularly required for industrial applications, in the IT and media industries to name a few. The strength and reliability of Gigabit allows many people on net-connected devices to painlessly transfer huge files at once.

Obviously, even home users can benefit greatly from the increased speeds full-fibre broadband provides. Gigabit connectivity opens up the exciting potential of flawless multiplayer gaming, streaming and online trading.

Recent years have seen government incentives to ramp up production and adoption, increasing nationwide popularity and demand for full-fibre internet. The midlands, for example, has saw great investment in FTTP networks across cities like Leicester, Cambridge, Derby and Nottingham. As investment continuously rises, Gigabit speeds are becoming more readily available.

These unprecedented speeds are made possible by fibre optic technology known as Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), or Fibre To The Home (FTTH). Many connections labelled as fibre, however, are unable to reach the speeds of Gigabit Broadband.

This is due to Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC), the technology adopted by the main broadband providers, which means the fibre connection you’re paying for ends at the roadside cabinets that deliver the connection to your home or business. From there, slower, older copper lines are relied on to complete the connection, inevitably decreasing speed and consistency.

Aside from FTTP, Leased Lines can deliver Gigabit speeds to your premises. It’s important to distinguish them both, as many businesses on FTTP connections perceive themselves as using Leased Lines. Both go directly to your premises, it’s just that Leased Lines are dedicated and not shared with anyone else, whereas FTTP connections are.

Leased Lines provide more reliability and greater speed, simply because your business is not fighting for connection. Leased Lines are therefore more expensive yet are not restricted by the availability of street cabinets.

The premium, unrivalled nature of these Leased Lines and FTTP connections leaves a service level agreement of 99% uptime. Growing alternative network providers, such as Cityfibre, are currently expanding their reach across the UK, making affordable and widespread full fibre, Gigabit broadband connections a reality for small businesses, sole traders and home users alike.

Gigabit Networks is a Cityfibre City Champion for the East Midlands, providing reliable, fast full-fibre internet to cities within the midlands, powered by the Cityfibre network. To allow your business the freedom of Gigabit ultrafast internet, in Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Cambridge, contact us today.

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What is the gigabit pure fibre 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 full-fibre broadband, though, it may seem hard to understand what the cream of the crop is.

Put simply, there are three main benefits to full-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.

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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 full 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 full 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 full 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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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 full 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 full 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 full 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.

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