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Looking back over 2012

Posted on Dec 13 2012 by Elsa Chen | No Comments

Well 2012 was certainly a great year for the Brits. The eyes of the world were watching as we celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and played host to a magnificent celebration of sporting talent with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, where we actually did pretty well. But, moving back to business, what happened in 2012 that affected the IT industry? Here is a little reminder of this year’s key events, debates and market trends.

Elsa Chen, General Manager

Elsa Chen, General Manager

Superfast broadband

This seems to have filled the industry news on a weekly basis this year. If it’s not the Government’s targets and deadlines or latest plans to provide super connected cities and obtain more EU funding, its progress updates on the various BDUK projects that are going on across the country. Whilst most of us are pleased with the development of superfast broadband in the UK there has still been a lot of debate around the details.

Firstly, the Government’s announcement of further funding to support ‘super connected cities’ caused concern that they were focussing too much on urban areas and not attempting to solve the digital divide that already exists. Whilst we applaud their efforts to roll out superfast broadband (in this case up to 100Mbps) we agree with many of the critics that more focus needs to be placed on areas currently struggling on sub 2Mbps speeds. A large number of businesses within these city locations are already taking advantage of high end connectivity through services such as Ethernet.

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An intrusion too far – the Communications Bill hits the buffers

Posted on Dec 11 2012 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | No Comments
Categories : Government, Privacy, Regulation
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Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

Entanet has criticised the draft Communications Bill in this blog and even argued against it to the Joint Committee in the interests of preserving the privacy of our partners’ customers. When the Home Secretary’s argument was reduced to the shrill and desperate levels of “Anybody who is against this bill is putting politics before people’s lives. We would certainly see criminals going free as a result of this”, it was clear this draft Bill was not long for this world in its current form.

Investigative journalist Duncan Campbell gave evidence to the Joint Committee in the same session as we did and sets out the history of its deliberations here:

Our argument against the draft Bill was simple

  • 1. The bill did not say what it would do, nor was there adequate consultation
  • 2. It was not clear what it would cost
  • 3. It was not technically achievable
  • 4. It did not deliver sufficient benefit
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Poll: What was your biggest challenge in 2012?

Posted on Dec 05 2012 by Gemma Dickinson | No Comments
Categories : Polls, Reselling

As we approach the end of 2012 we would like to know what our reseller partners thought were their biggest challenges during the year. Was it the tough economic climate or diversifying into new markets such as cloud? Or did you find generating demand for your services or keeping up with demand for your services a challenge?

Let us know your thoughts and share your experiences by particpating in our new poll or if you prefer, you can leave us a comment below.

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The Year of the regulatory Omnishambles? – An ISPA Annual Conference Summary

Posted on Nov 29 2012 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | No Comments
Categories : Government, Regulation

Omnishambles – It’s officially the word of the year, and surveying the legal and regulatory landscape at the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) annual conference in November, we can see why.

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Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

Take 4G. It’s great news that by moving the digital TV signal we made way for the spectrum auction to come in earlier than planned next year. It’s perhaps unfortunate though that UK digital terrestrial television was put into the 700MHz band which is already used in the US and Asia to provide mobile broadband services and which is currently being discussed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as a standard spectrum for mobile use to take effect after the next World Radio Conference in 2015. Whoops!

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Poll: Will Scottish independence result in more expensive broadband for Scottish residents?

Posted on Nov 20 2012 by Gemma Dickinson | No Comments

As per our recent article ‘Costlier broadband – the price to pay for Scottish independence?’ we would like to know how you think the potential independence of Scotland could affect broadband services in Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can let us know your thoughts by particpating in our new poll or by leaving us a comment below.

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