Where does the latest High Court judgement leave the IPA?

Posted on May 02 2018 | Comments Off on Where does the latest High Court judgement leave the IPA?

With the recent High Court ruling that a key pillar of the government’s Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) – often referred to as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ – is unlawful and must be amended within six months, we ask what lies ahead now for this controversial piece of legislation?

The judgement says that Part 4 of the IPA, which outlines the need for ISPs to retain their customers communications data including email activity, phone use and Internet browsing history, was incompatible with EU law. This is something that regular readers of our blog will know we’ve been saying for some time!

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CSR – Why connecting with your community matters

Posted on Apr 26 2018 | Comments Off on CSR – Why connecting with your community matters
Paul

Tim Roberts, HR Manager

A regular debate that stirs in many businesses is ‘just how valuable is Corporate Social Responsibility activity to our company?’

Entanet has a long and proud history of trying to make a positive difference in the community, because as a responsible employer we believe in giving something back to our locality and we know it’s something our staff feel passionately about getting involved with.

In 2017 alone Entanet raised over £7,000 for a variety of charities including Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Severn Hospice and SANDS. Events included a Christmas raffle, Christmas party donations, casual dress days and even braving Tough Mudder!

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Time is ticking for ISDN – Are you ready?

Posted on Apr 26 2018 | Comments Off on Time is ticking for ISDN – Are you ready?

Openreach recently began its consultation with ISPs on the planned withdrawal of all PSTN and ISDN services by 2025 as they attempt to move all telephone systems to newer, more flexible VoIP solutions. However, that doesn’t mean that Openreach is withdrawing all copper phone lines, they’re still very much needed for the provision of copper based and FTTC broadband services (amongst other things) but it does mean that business customers currently using ISDN and PSTN phone systems will need to upgrade to an alternative, and that’s where you come in!

Whilst 2025 may sound like a long way off, with an estimated 2.1 million ISDN30 channels and 0.87 million ISDN2 Business channels currently in use in the UK now really is the perfect time to get ahead of your competitors and seize this opportunity. Being proactive really could pay off, helping your customers to be fully prepared well in advance of the withdrawal date.

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“You’re hired” – How apprenticeships can help develop your business

Posted on Apr 12 2018 | Comments Off on “You’re hired” – How apprenticeships can help develop your business
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Tim Roberts, HR Manager

Apprenticeships have been in the media spotlight in recent months as the Government’s introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017 to help businesses fund the training of apprentices has struggled to help in its ambitious target of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020.

Criticism about the complexity of the levy and the still widely held perception by many employers that apprenticeships are only useful for more ‘hands on’ jobs have seen the numbers of new people taking up apprenticeships plummet over the last year.

Despite these negative headlines, we believe apprenticeships have had a hugely positive impact on our business. So much so, we’ve recently been shortlisted in two prestigious national awards (UK National Call Centre Awards and Comms Dealer Sales and Marketing Awards) for our apprenticeship programme.

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What is Mirada?

Posted on Apr 11 2018 | Comments Off on What is Mirada?
Lee Hill

Lee Hill, Pre-Sales Technical Manager

Mirada (which means ‘look’ in spanish) is Entanet’s highly secure IP VPN management portal via which our partners (and their customers) can monitor and manage every aspect of their networks in real-time, essentially providing a ‘mini-NOC’ with network topology, useful stats and reports and a diagnostics virtual machine via which they can work with our support and systems team to diagnose and resolve faults.

The portal can also be completely white labelled enabling our partners to provide access to their own customers using their own brand, adding value to their solutions.

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GDPR: Friend or Foe?

Posted on Apr 05 2018 | Comments Off on GDPR: Friend or Foe?

As TechUK, a body which represents over 1,000 UK tech firms urges the Government not to scrap General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws following our departure from the European Union, we believe that stepping away from EU legislation has the potential to do our thriving tech industry more harm than good.

Described as ‘the biggest change to data protection law for a generation’ by the UK’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, GDPR, is European legislation that is set to replace UK Data Protection from 25th May 2018.

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Does the latest European court ruling expose the cracks in the IPA?

Posted on Mar 19 2018 | Comments Off on Does the latest European court ruling expose the cracks in the IPA?

Since the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) first came into being Entanet has expressed its concern about how the legislation nicknamed ‘The Snoopers’ Charter’, which grants wide ranging surveillance to the Government, could ever possibly co-exist with European data protection laws.

Without saying ‘I told you so’ it seems the latest ruling by the The Court of Appeal following a challenge from the human rights group Liberty would agree with our long standing view.

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Hosted Voice – Don’t be just another ‘me-too’ Broadsoft provider

Posted on Mar 14 2018 | Comments Off on Hosted Voice – Don’t be just another ‘me-too’ Broadsoft provider

Are you interested in reselling Hosted Voice/VoIP but unsure which type of service to provide to your customers? Or are you already reselling VoIP but struggling to differentiate yourself in the crowded Broadsoft based SME market?

As demand for hosted voice increases and more and more providers are offering the service its becoming increasingly harder for resellers to stand out from the crowd and take real advantage of this growing market – after all you might as well just opt for a Broadsoft based solution and compete on price right?

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Control – The real network differentiator

Posted on Mar 06 2018 | Comments Off on Control – The real network differentiator
Lee Hill

Lee Hill, Pre-Sales Technical Manager

What kind of network does your provider have and how is it different to everyone else? Do they own the physical infrastructure or do they operate an essentially ‘virtual’ network based on rental and access agreements? Do you know? Do you care? Have you ever asked the question? Does it even matter as long as it’s reliable?

Does it matter?
In reality, as long as the provider’s network is fit for purpose and providing you with a reliable and high quality service, you may not have even considered the infrastructure that’s actually used, or care for that matter. But, it is an important factor in your choice of provider as the type of network they operate will impact on how much control they actually have over that network, which could of course considerably affect the level of service delivered. Consider, what happens when there is a major outage? Or how the network will expand for the future? Is that their decision or someone else’s?

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Poll: Are you interested in joining the Gigabit Voucher Scheme?

Posted on Feb 07 2018 | Comments Off on Poll: Are you interested in joining the Gigabit Voucher Scheme?

Our latest poll asks if you are interested in participating in the new Gigabit Voucher Scheme which could give you up to £3000 in vouchers from the DCMS to use towards the installation of a new gigabit-capable solution for your SME customers in key strategic locations which allign with CityFibre’s revolutionary full-fibre network. It couldn’t be easier!

You can find out more by reading our recent opinion article “How can YOU benefit from the new Gigabit Voucher Scheme?“.

Cast your vote in our new reader poll and/or to find out more contact us at sales@enta.net or call 0330 100 0330.

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