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High Speed Broadband

When it comes to internet connectivity, speed and reliability are essential. Read about the benefits of high speed broadband, get to grips with some of the jargon and find out how to get started.


High Speed Broadband – Overview
 

Broadband has become a standard requirement for business. High Speed Broadband adds extra dimensions to that, not just in terms of speed but also in terms of what can be done using the connection and reliability of the service.

High Speed Broadband enables more to be done over the internet making use of better line speeds and capacity. However, it is not the technology that is important here, but what you do with it. High Speed Broadband can make the current processes of a business work better and it can enable a business to do more and better things, extending its reach and potential.

What does the technology do?
 

High Speed Broadband makes use of fibre optic cables to deliver higher speeds, greater capacity and higher reliability across the Broadband network. Currently there are two ways of delivering this technology to a business (or home) user:

FTTC – (Fibre to the Cabinet) delivers fibre optic lines to a cabinet in the street or local area from where the final delivery is made using the existing (copper) telephone lines. This combination of fibre optic and copper can deliver speeds of up to 80Mbps for downloads (against average speeds of 5 – 6 Mbps for standard ADSL Broadband)

FTTP – (Fibre to the Premises) delivers fibre optic lines directly into the home or business user’s premises making it even faster. This can deliver download speeds of up to 160Mbps at present. Even faster speeds of up to 330Mbps may be available in the future

The exact speed you get depends on a number of additional factors like the length of your line from the telephone exchange or green roadside cabinet, the line quality and the equipment and internal wiring within your premises. It may also be affected by the package you purchase and the number of other users sharing the line (known as the contention ratio).

Business benefits of High Speed Broadband
 

Superfast broadband makes home life more fun, connected and productive. It opens up a vast world of learning and entertainment; provides better, cheaper and easier ways to keep in touch with friends and family across the world; and creates opportunities to work and learn successfully from home, revolutionising our lives.

Watch, listen and read

Lightning quick connection speeds means downloading films, music and ebooks can be done in a flash, letting you enjoy your favourites, whenever and wherever you like.

Get the whole family online together

Superfast broadband means the entire family can use multiple devices at the same time with no interruptions. The consistent and reliable service allows the whole family to use the internet at once; playing games, watching on demand TV, using social media, and doing homework, without any drop in the connection.

Keeping in touch

The faster connection means you can chat and see family, friends and work colleagues wherever they are using high definition video and voice calls.

Keep those precious moments safe

Superfast allows you to use online data storage (such as cloud computing) to back-up and save photos, videos and other precious memories.

Maintain older people’s independence

Superfast makes it easier for elderly and disabled people to maintain their independence and continue to live at home by taking advantage of new telecare and telehealth services that use the internet to alert health workers if they need help.

Learn something new

Learning has never been easier to access or more inspiring, with video, audio and interactive online courses. Superfast broadband allows you to access great resources to revise for exams, take up a new hobby or train for a new career.

Work from home

Superfast access to cloud computing, video conferencing and your employer’s network means that working from home has never been easier, allowing you to cut your commute and balance your work and home life more successfully. Superfast broadband makes it easier to set up a business too, opening access to low-cost business software and the quick upload and download of large files and images.

Business benefits

Superfast broadband can help transform existing businesses and enable new start-ups to get established. Reliable and consistent connectivity can boost productivity, even at the busiest times, regardless of the number of users online, and make it possible to build new business contacts around the world, reduce travel, and save money.

Communicating with customers

Superfast broadband can revolutionise how you communicate with customers and colleagues – improving customer service and cutting bills by speaking face to face with clients using video conference platforms for ‘virtual’ meetings in real-time.

Super charge your social media

Social media is here to stay and superfast means you can make the most of its instant, far reaching and cost-effective brand awareness and marketing opportunities.

Improve the look and feel of your website

Superfast broadband allows you to improve the look and functionality of your website. It is quick and easy to load high quality pictures and video and boost sales by giving your customers a richer experience.

Take advantage of affordable and cutting edge software

Superfast broadband gives you access to a raft of affordable leading-edge software and applications that can help you work more efficiently, connect with customers and colleagues around the world and allow you to be flexible about when and where you work.

Save time and money with ‘the cloud’

Cloud computing offers you greater flexibility about when and where you access the internet and can save you time and money. With the cloud software and data is hosted remotely at a data centre, not on your computer, so you can access it anywhere and from any device, as long as it’s connected to the internet.

Collaborate with others

Superfast broadband also makes it easy to share ideas and information with your colleagues or clients and collaborate on projects in a completely paperless way by making use of a cloud based secure work space.

Work flexibly from home

Superfast broadband can give you access to your business network from pretty much anywhere, so you can work from home or other locations and save time to enjoy your life in and out of work.

Data, data, data

These days we all need to handle more and more data and that takes bandwidth. Superfast broadband allows you to quickly send and receive super large video and graphic files as well as back-up your data remotely to keep documents safe and secure.

Your business could be eligible for a broadband connection voucher worth up to £3,000 to get superfast broadband.

Getting the most out of High Speed Broadband
 

Be prepared - Even before installing High Speed Broadband, you can be planning for your use of it.

It’s not only about the technology - The real difference is in what is enabled to happen in your business.

You have to do something to enable High Speed Broadband - Your existing Broadband service will continue unchanged. You will need to upgrade to a High Speed Broadband package.

Choose well - Compare the services being offered by the many service providers who can connect you to High Speed Broadband. Use the High Speed Cornwall and Connecting Devon and Somerset to create a list of potential suppliers.

Research the cloud - Discover services that can upgrade your capability or save you money across your new, reliable connection.

Check out your existing computer installation - Whilst your equipment may connect to High Speed Broadband, it could need upgrading to make best use of the additional data flow. Once line speeds cease to be a limiting factor, processing speeds may become a limiter.

Consider moving telephones on to VOIP - Voice Over IP systems use your High Speed Broadband connection and may operate more effectively, cost less and add in function.

Have a flexible working policy - Flexible working can improve productivity in some business types, increase your potential for diversity and make more space in your offices for expansion. Ensure that all workers understand the terms on which flexible working is permitted and monitor productivity to ensure benefits are really being achieved.

Monitor benefits - Measure your productivity before installation to ensure that you can measure and understand the effects of the new connectivity.

Continue to monitor the market - As your needs change and the technology continues to improve, ensure you know whether you need to change suppliers or technology and do so in a managed process.

Getting Started
 

High Speed Broadband is being quickly rolled out across Britain. The process will be progressive, so the first step is to check the appropriate website

BT Openreach is creating the infrastructure for High Speed Broadband. This can then be offered through a network of providers and resellers in your area. You will need to find a provider and sign up for the best package for you.

Not all providers offer the same service, so check out their offerings and associated costs and choose the one that best meets your profile of usage. In both of the above areas, there are support services available to support and guide you in making the most of this opportunity.

Upgrading your Broadband Speed should be a simple process. An engineer will call and install a new modem at your premises and you will receive a new router from your internet service provider. All your other telephone and computer equipment remains the same.

In order to gain the maximum benefit from High Speed Broadband, you should consider revisiting your ICT (Information and Communications Technology) plan with the intention of adding into it any areas of improvement that can be achieved with this enhanced capability:

Create a High Speed Business Plan

Consider how and where you can benefit

Evaluate any opportunities that arise and plan changes to your processes

Find professional business support to assist

Begin searching for and implementing solutions

Monitor benefits

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Huddersfield-based money-saving firm to expand to Australia

Thursday 06 September 2018

Technology firm, yboo, are looking to launch their SIM Only deal comparison app in Australia in 2019 as their plans for global expansion continue. The company, founded in 2016 by Martyn Gould and Paul Doyle, is building a team in Australia in conjunction with the Department of International Trade, and are currently assessing the market with an anticipated launch of early 2019. yboo is an app which aims to prevent mobile phone users in the UK from overpaying by monitoring the consumer’s usage and suggesting the best SIM Only deals for them. yboo are seeding a market from the UK using advanced software to engage with and poll Australian consumers. The company has identified Australia as a potential opportunity because of its unique geography, which causes a lot of issues with mobile coverage due to the sheer bulk and scarcity of the land. Martyn Gould, yboo’s Founder, commented on the expansion plans: “We’re building the value and reach of yboo as we take our unique offering to hundreds of millions of consumers across the globe. So far, the expansion has gone really smooth, and the DIT have been particularly supportive.” “We’ve always been determined to solve problems for the 60million consumers in the UK and the hundreds of millions of consumers all over the world. "There is little competition in the Australian marketplace which means that consumers overpay for mobile services by hundreds of dollars every year. We are empowering consumers to make the decision to expand in Australia for us – which is a pretty unique approach.”
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Innovation and Disruption tech event set to return to Leeds

Thursday 02 August 2018

Leeds has once again been chosen as the venue for the Innovation and Disruption event which first took the tech sector by storm in 2017. The showcase hit the headlines last year, for shaking up the space with its evening-only programme of game-changing technology for business leaders. And it will return to Aspire in the city centre, for the second time, on 18 October 16:00-20:00. The event is the brainchild of Elland-headquartered digital transformation specialist Vapour Cloud. With title sponsorship from multinational technology giant Avaya, it once again promises to combine hands-on encounters with next generation tech and cutting-edge talks from some of the industry’s most exciting brands in the north. AI guru Stuart Shearman (IMC) will discuss how artificial intelligence is leveraging new levels of performance in the workplace; Dan Riley (Spearhead) will be demonstrating some of the most exciting and immersive VR experiences currently available; and Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer will also take to the stage, with a never-publicly-seen look at an innovation set to transform patient experience and access to care within the health service. Keynote speaker for Innovation and Disruption 2018 is ex Special Forces Officer Wayne Hoyle – a recipient of two commendations from the Queen and an extreme leader who has gone on to walk unsupported to the Geographic North Pole, established a new route on the North Face of Kilimanjaro, and helped raise millions for charity in the process. He will speak to the senior audience about leadership challenges, and the opportunity to instil a team dynamic in even the most difficult situations, with a perhaps unsurprising nod to the role that tech can play. Commenting on the event’s return for 2018, founder Tim Mercer said: “We took a risk when we launched Innovation and Disruption last year. We picked a great venue and aimed high in the brands we wanted to be there. But the risk paid off with 180 senior decision makers from the north coming to explore how tech could further transform their organisations and their people. “This year our plans are bolder still. We’ve space for 300 attendees, but sign ups to date mean we’re already at a third of capacity with three months still to go.” Keen for this to be more than just a networking opportunity, Tim concluded: “Of course we want to put like-minded people in touch with each other – our region is becoming one of the most dynamic places in the UK because of its commitment to tech development, so it’s important that we keep building new connections. “But I think that away from crowded exhibition halls and stuffy conferences, we need more opportunities to get ‘hands on’ with technology and talk about pushing the realms of what’s possible. It’s only then that digital transformation feels a lot more achievable than organisations perhaps first thought.” Entry to the event is free, but pre-registration is heavily advised via Eventbrite.
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York businesses set to get to grips with Google

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Google is coming to York to help small businesses from across the region learn crucial skills for the digital age. The free ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event will take place at the City of York Council West Offices on Thursday 23 August from 8.30am till 4.30pm. The event is being delivered by the Digital Knowledge Exchange, part of the government-backed Digital Enterprise business support programme, which helps eligible, growth-focused businesses, based in the Leeds city region to scale up and achieve digital transformation through access to funding and free learning opportunities such as workshops, masterclasses, digital conferences, digital audits and one to one mentoring support. At the ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event, experts from Google’s Digital Garage will deliver a session on ‘Knowing your business data’ with attendees learning how to set up analytics, define business goals and discover insights through reporting. Anj Handa, founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, a dynamic movement of women leading social change, will share her story of how she has been able to generate leads and forge new business relationships from all over the world by implementing the google and search engine optimisation techniques. Anj Handa said: “The knowledge I have received from being part of the Digital Enterprise programme has allowed my website to rank number one on Google for 'women changemakers'. It has also led to new speaking opportunities in Paris this September. “I’ve even had an invitation from last year's Mother Theresa International Award winner, and an Australia-based movement '1 Million Women' got in touch to ask about my young changemaker leadership programme, Inspiring Global Citizens. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable support from Digital Enterprise. Any small businesses that want to increase their profile and visibility should definitely attend this Google event.” Attendees will also hear about some announcements from Google’s recent conference and have the opportunity to learn some tips and tricks that will help their small businesses to succeed. The event will also look at how to maximise the Google toolkit, YouTube, Video Marketing, Google Adwords and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Beth Hewitt, Project Manager for the Digital Knowledge Exchange, said: “Our one day ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event is a great way for businesses to take time out of the office to learn something new which could have a real impact on their future success. We have a number of experts on hand including those from Google’s Digital Garage, who will help attendees understand how Google can help their business. There is nothing like hearing from someone who has put these ideas into practice, and Anj Handa’s story will reveal just how successful they can be.” Ian Gillies, Leader of the City of York Council, responsible for Finance and Performance, said: “I would encourage small businesses across the region to take advantage of this opportunity to find out more about the great range of tools that Google offers and how using the full toolkit effectively can really boost a small business”. Chief Executive at the City of York Council, Mary Weastell, will be delivering an introduction to all of our SME attendees, sharing York’s digital strategy and the importance of SME’s within the city of York. For more information on these events and to register with the Digital Knowledge Exchange visit www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/digital-knowledge/events/ or contact the team on 0113 426 0535 or email kanta@digitalenterprise.co.uk Getting to Grips with Google takes place on: Thursday 23rd August, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA
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Tech Scale-Up Appoints KC Communications to Support Growth

Monday 16 July 2018

yboo, the mobile app firm, has appointed Huddersfield based agency, KC Communications to handle their PR requirements following a successful pitch to support yboo’s ambitious growth plans. yboo, which stands for ‘you’re better off on’ is a mobile app available on iPhone and Android which monitors consumer mobile phone usage and recommends the best SIM only deals, based on price and signal strength. It also allows users to gain access to exclusive discounts, offers and codes. The app enables UK consumers to save, on average, £156 per year on their mobile phone bill. yboo also provide a second unique product which allows Mobile Operators to understand more about Consumer behaviour via Big Data profiling. KC Communications will be responsible for developing both yboo’s traditional and stunt-PR strategy and implementing it to raise the profile of the money-saving app in both the UK and overseas markets. Commenting on the appointment, KC Communications founder, Katrina Cliffe said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have been appointed by yboo and having the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of our capabilities. yboo is an exciting business and has the potential to be one of the world’s leading apps.’ Martyn Gould founder and CEO of yboo, added, “We’re really pleased to be working with KC Communications to deliver our Consumer and Big Data growth plans in the UK and Internationally. We chose KC due to their proven capability but also due to their positive attitude and values/ambition which align with our own”
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Vapour Cloud becomes approved Avaya partner

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West Yorkshire-headquartered tech specialist Vapour Cloud has become only the sixth organisation in the UK to achieve approved Avaya Cloud Solutions partner status through BT Wholesale. BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, approached Vapour to deliver its cloud-based omnichannel solutions to British businesses, having seen the firm’s ability to supply another complex industry product – Storm. With a robust technology roadmap plus a growing presence within the IT and telecoms space, Vapour colleagues also had to complete multiple exams to prove the team’s knowledge of Avaya’s portfolio. Now the partner accreditation expands the breadth of Vapour’s unified communications (UC) offering, whilst helping Avaya to further penetrate the voice market. Vapour can recommend and implement Avaya Contact Centre Select (ACCS), for example – a multichannel solution that can be fully integrated with Avaya’s IP Office platform. An increasingly popular choice for growing businesses that want to harness the potential of unified communications, ACCS powers call handling, email, instant messaging, conferencing, SMS and video conversation. The result is an improved customer experience – using the channel that most suits them – plus workforce flexibility, as the cloud-based product can be used on any device irrespective of location. Commenting on the new official relationship, Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer said: “Many organisations are starting to realise that on-premise telephony systems are holding them back, so they’re beginning to explore the world that we have operated in for the last five years. Avaya’s cloud-first strategy means they are one of the hottest names in the space, and interest ACCS is vast. “Enquiries for ACCS go via BT Wholesale who will recommend an approved Avaya partner that they think is suitable for the job. I’m delighted that we’ve succeeded in the rigorous process to achieve this prestigious status.” Driven by the latest WebRTC, Avaya’s cloud-based UC offering is very attractive to Vapour – an organisation renowned for its specialism in real-time communication technologies. “ACCS sits extremely well amongst the other products within our H?llr suite of voice solutions,” continued Tim. “It facilitates flexible working, is easy to deploy with no hardware or software installation required, and with multiple options available it can satisfy the needs of varied small to midsize organisations. “We’ve already specified the solution as part of some of our most exciting upcoming projects and I look forward to seeing the relationship unfold. The partner status could add up to £250,000 to our business by the end of this year alone.” Elaborating on Vapour’s approved partner achievement, Vincent Sivori, BT Wholesale Sector Sales Manager said: “We have to identify businesses who would be a good partner for the re-selling of Avaya services that we supply. From working with the Vapour Cloud team we very quickly realised that with their excellent cloud skills and strong service focus, they will offer a compelling proposition to the market. It is exciting times and working hand in hand with Vapour we will support their clients’ move to cloud.”
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Yorkshire cloud tech firm Vapour commences acquisition trail

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Yorkshire-headquartered technology specialist Vapour Cloud has today announced its hunt to acquire at least two IT and communications businesses, as it prepares for growth of up to 80% in 2018. With an estimated £10m to spend over the coming year, CEO Tim Mercer is most imminently on the lookout to buy a Northern IT support firm with Microsoft partner status. Of specific interest is a skill-set in the public cloud – particularly Azure and AWS (Amazon Web Services) – to complement Vapour’s private cloud offering. A traditional voice company – particularly a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) or mobile supplier – is also being sought. With the voice industry now cloud-first, Vapour’s objective is to acquire a large customer base that needs to migrate from an on-premise to cloud offering – the company’s own speciality. Already aiming to become a £12m business by 2020 – on the basis of organic growth alone – the goal is to accelerate Vapour’s expansion with these logical business procurements. “We mark our fifth year in business this July, so as we look ahead to what the board is trying to achieve going forward, a buy and build strategy is a natural progression for the organisation,” said Tim. “We’ve established a 96% net recurring revenue rate to date, so our business development model is easy to maintain. We had a 64% seed of growth in 2017, and hope to realise 65-80% by the end of this year. “There are a number of well-established operators in this sector – dozens of which started out as lifestyle businesses – but many are not cloud-first,” Tim continued. “Of course, some are rising to the challenge and quickly adapting their offering to satisfy clients’ modern business needs. But cloud is an entirely different world. We therefore hope that by acquiring two – or more – of these such companies, we can successfully build on the legacy the current owners will leave behind, whilst supplying their customers with the next generation products and services they’re looking for.” When asked why the focus is on acquiring businesses in the North, Tim concluded: “We are of course considering investments irrespective of geography. But the vibrancy of activity in the North is undeniable, and the synergies associated with augmenting our already reputable skill-set in the region will be vast. “We’re passionate about flexible working too, so the more engineers, technical experts and customer service advisors we have in the North, the easier it will be to develop a larger, more diverse and engaged workforce.” Based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Vapour specialises in cloud secure voice, connectivity and storage solutions, and is currently a 32-strong team. The business has attracted £4m of private equity investment to date.
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