Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Poll: Will you be upgrading to superfast fibre broadband (FTTC)?

Posted on Apr 13 2011 by Claire Dutton-Merrills | 1 Comment
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Customers are becoming increasingly reliant on fast, resilient broadband connections. Now that the availability of new fibre based broadband is increasing, we would like to know if Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) is something you are interested in. We have therefore added a new poll to gain your feedback. Please also feel free to leave us a comment below.

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Don’t get dizzy in the cloud…

Posted on Apr 04 2011 by Darren Farnden | 1 Comment

Technological change is happening at such a pace that it’s getting difficult to remember when things started happening. A year or so ago there was another phrase being brandished around causing our CTO to shout out that he’d completed yet another line on his iPhone’s ‘Buzzword Bingo’ app – ‘the cloud’.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Of course the concept is nothing new – reducing cost, simplifying IT management and improving flexibility by hosting stuff centrally has been around for a while, although described in other terms. More recently however, it seems everyone’s talking about ‘the cloud’ and how you need to get your head into it if you’re selling to businesses. It’s easy to see why too. The analyst, Gartner, predicts a 19 percent increase in cloud services revenue globally in 2011, even if it’ll only account for 2.3 percent of the entire IT market spend. A massive 83 percent growth by 2014 is forecast too.

As a voice or data reseller though, it’s important to keep your feet firmly planted if you’re going to entertain spending even more of your valuable time and resources (and money) marketing ‘services in the cloud’. The one thing that underpins the successful sale of cloud-based or hosted services – whether they offer VoIP, software apps, email or something unique – is the stability, performance and reliability of the underlying connectivity infrastructure.

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How much more can the DEA withstand?

Posted on Mar 28 2011 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on How much more can the DEA withstand?

The controversial Digital Economy Act (DEA) has once again hit the headlines with news that it has been officially delayed until spring 2012 at the earliest. The news will come as no surprise to many within the industry, as the complex Act has been plagued by debate at every stage since its original conception.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

“Since the DEA passed into law there has been a considerable amount of work to do to implement the mass notification system. Secondary legislation setting out how the system will be paid for and how it will work has to be passed by Parliament. Ofcom also has to set up an appeals process” said a spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The latest delay can be attributed to a number of factors including the ongoing debate over the allocation of costs between rights holders and ISPs (Opinion.enta.net: DEA passes buck to ISPs),  ongoing concerns regarding using IP addresses to ‘identify’ alleged offenders , the latest review of website blocking proposals, the Judicial Review brought by BT and TalkTalk which started this week and of course the problems Ofcom has encountered with its code of practice.

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Will the big boys’ commitment to traffic management transparency help consumers?

Posted on Mar 17 2011 by Neil Watson | Comments Off on Will the big boys’ commitment to traffic management transparency help consumers?

In the face of widespread debate about net neutrality and increasing consumer unrest about how Fair Use Policies and traffic management affects their broadband experience , the Broadband Stakeholder group (BSG) and seven of the UK’s largest ISPs have published a new Voluntary Code of Practice regarding broadband transparency. This new code of practice will be piloted by BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, O2, Three and Vodafone throughout 2011, with review and potentially further adoption by other ISPs in early 2012.

Neil Watson, Head of Service Operations

Neil Watson, Head of Service Operations

Commenting on the new code Antony Walker, CEO of the Broadband Stakeholder Group, said:
“There has been more heat than light in the debate about traffic management over recent years. This commitment to provide clear and comparable information in a common format is very important. It will not only help to ensure consumers are better informed about the services they buy and use, but will also provide a clearer picture for policy makers of the way in which traffic management is actually used in the UK market.

Consumers need to be able to make informed choices about the services they buy and policy makers need to be able to make informed decisions about the policy and regulatory framework they set. This new commitment provides an essential building block for getting both of these things right.”

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Is it the end of the line for leased lines?

Posted on Mar 08 2011 by Stephen Barclay | Comments Off on Is it the end of the line for leased lines?
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Categories : 21CN, Business, Reselling

As the availability of ever faster broadband continues to increase thanks to technology advancement, we ask whether it signals the end of the line for leased line connectivity.

Stephen Barclay, Head of Sales

Stephen Barclay, Head of Sales

First it was ADSL2+ that brought us speeds of up to 24Mbps; then FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) was introduced to deliver up to 40Mbps; and now there are trials of FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) offering speeds of up to 100Mbps. Add extra service features such as Annex M on ADSL2+ for increased upload speed and Elevated Best Efforts (EBE) guaranteeing throughput over the BT network at the busiest times and you can see why it’s a relevant question.

For a business customer the latest broadband technologies available appear to have a lot to offer. For example, higher speed connections with an appropriate bandwidth allowance delivered over a provider’s network that has ample capacity can be good for businesses wanting to use them for VoIP, linking remote workers or accessing centrally hosted applications. As long as the service provider’s network is properly managed to minimise factors like latency, these customers can indeed use business focused broadband connections. We readily promote broadband for day-to-day business communication and have a lot of reseller partners with happy customers.

However, there are commercial and operational factors that can mean broadband doesn’t meet the mark. These generally depend on what business customers are trying to achieve, how critical the connections they’re using are to them and how important it is to ensure service continuity is guaranteed.

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