The Digital Revolution – What did the Victorians ever do for us?

Posted on Aug 29 2018 by Guest | Comments Off on The Digital Revolution – What did the Victorians ever do for us?
Alan Fletcher

Alan Fletcher, Business Development Manager at KMi, part of The Open University

With the Government and OFCOM in agreement that investment in full fibre infrastructure is essential to the future of the UK economy, our latest guest blog from Alan Fletcher, Business Development Manager at KMi, part of The Open University, draws parallels between the current ‘Digital Revolution’ and our industrial past to ask what we can learn from our Victorian pioneers?

To be fair, it’s not just the Victorians we can learn from. The much longer period from 1700 to 1870 (starting some 137 years before Victoria came to the throne) saw fundamental economic and societal changes that we now refer to as the Industrial Revolution and the Transport Revolution. Okay, so 170 years is a long time and you should expect to see some changes over that period, right? Actually, there are pockets of rapid (given the available technology) expansion during the period in question which evidence mass adoption and significant investment in change, over much shorter periods of time.

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5 top digital transformation developments to look out for in 2018

Posted on Jan 31 2018 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on 5 top digital transformation developments to look out for in 2018

2018 promises to be a year of digital transformation revolution – with high speed and reliable connectivity right at its heart!

With all this in mind, we’ve identified five main factors that we think will drive this development throughout the year ahead!

  1. The right connectivity

As markets become increasingly competitive it’s never been more important to get the right connectivity to stay ahead of the game.

A business’ connectivity must meet their immediate needs as well as offering the flexibility to accommodate future change. It’s about balancing the need for connection speed and guarantee of service with budget available and timescales needed to get up and running.

That’s where the combined strength of Entanet and CityFibre can provide the level of connectivity choice and quality of service that is helping organisations across the country to get ahead.

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2017: The year in review

Posted on Dec 21 2017 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on 2017: The year in review

What a packed year 2017 has been for Entanet and for the sector as a whole. From the exciting news of us joining forces with CityFibre and creating a new breed of wholesaler, to an array of legislative developments including ongoing changes to the Investigatory Powers Act and Digital Economy Act and of course the continuing debates on related issues such as online encryption and how ISPs broadband speeds should be advertised – with much more to play out in all of these areas in 2018!

As ever we’ve tried to keep you at the heart of all the key issues through our opinion blog, so if you fancy a festive recap or perhaps an opportunity to catch up on some of the bits you may have missed over a mince pie, then download our ‘2017- A year of Opinion in review’ eBook for free.

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Investment in value – keeping ahead of service delivery

Posted on May 25 2017 by Neil Watson | Comments Off on Investment in value – keeping ahead of service delivery

This year we’ve celebrated our 21st year of business – there have been a number of milestones that we’ve achieved over this time, but perhaps one of the most significant was back in 2007 when we took the brave decision to roll out our own national network with complete UK coverage. Many of our peers couldn’t understand our decision, but as a progressive and forward thinking business we felt that the long term returns would outweigh the short-term expense and operational pain. Fortunately, we were right – we certainly wouldn’t still be here if we’d made the wrong decision.

Over the last ten years we’ve seen more and more of our market peers follow in our footsteps and build out their own national networks to a certain degree; validating the decision that we took all of those years ago. While they’ve been doing this, we’ve worked on maturing our network, focusing on building in additional capacity and upgrading hardware to stay ahead of increasing bandwidth demands. This work has meant that we’ve been able to deliver a consistently top-notch service to all of the business and residential customers introduced to us by our partners. We’ve also continued to look ahead, working on advancements that will add value to our partners for the next 5 – 10 years.

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Position your business for success with DX

Posted on Apr 27 2017 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Position your business for success with DX

In our modern society data is king. According to global tech firm IBM, we’re creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day, from every single interaction that we have with technology. To put it into context, this means that every time a web page is viewed, a smart fridge is opened, a sensor detects rain or a multitude of other ‘everyday’ activities is performed, data is created. This exponential growth in the industry of data means that it’s worth a small fortune, which is great news for the channel – all of that data needs to be stored and get from A to B after all.

Now consider this value in the context of digital transformation (DX), where businesses are moving to virtual platforms, embracing the Internet of Things and employing the best of technology in order to ‘stay in the game’. As it’s now commonly accepted that digitalisation is ‘table stakes’ for business success, opportunities will exist here for some time. Research agency IDC recently predicted that the global annual spend on DX projects will increase from $1.2 trillion this year (that’s a smidge over £930 billion at today’s exchange rate) to $2 trillion by 2020. That’s a lot of technology being adopted that’ll require connectivity to make the best of it.

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Autobiography of a DX journey

Posted on Mar 08 2017 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Autobiography of a DX journey

The communications industry has seen its fair share of disruption. There are the players who are in a race to the bottom, labelling an increasing number of services provided by ISPs as utilities to be provided at lower cost and lower margin. Then there are those who are disruptive in their own ways by driving their businesses and the channel forward by adopting technologies and digital platforms to improve operational efficiencies, grow revenues and provide a first-class customer-experience. At Entanet, our focus throughout the disruption has been on providing the best possible service and transforming ourselves to firmly place our customers at the heart of our business. While this has meant adopting new and emerging technologies, what we’ve learned throughout our journey is that there’s more to transformation than just the digital element.

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Poll: ‘Digital Transformation’ – are there really opportunities?

Posted on Feb 09 2017 by Claire Dutton-Merrills | Comments Off on Poll: ‘Digital Transformation’ – are there really opportunities?

You can’t look at an IT industry publication at the moment without coming across at least one mention of ‘digital transformation’ – the notion of businesses using modern technology and digital platforms to improve operational efficiency, grow revenues and / or to focus on customer experience. We’ve previously discussed that connectivity is at the heart of all digital transformation and as such, channel resellers have a massive opportunity to capitalise on everything that digital transformation offers; but we’d like to know what you think. Are you already seizing the opportunities that are presented, or are you unsure of where to start? Let us know by voting in our poll, or leaving a comment.

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Without connectivity DX is dead

Posted on Jan 17 2017 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Without connectivity DX is dead

Although the concept of digital transformation (aka digitisation, digitalisation or DX for short) has been around since as early as 2010, it’s really taken off in the last year, with Google searches for the term reaching a peak in November. It’s more than just a buzzword though; looking beyond the hype you can see the trend of businesses of all sizes “investing in new technology and business models with a specific focus on customer experience”. With this focus on providing the best possible customer experience (who, let’s be honest, vote with their feet) it’s obvious that businesses of all sizes must embrace DX in order to remain competitive. The good news is that, as a communications reseller, you’re in a great position to capitalise on the opportunities that businesses going through their DX journey bring because, quite simply, without connectivity DX is dead.

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