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UK broadband speeds climb as digital divide narrows - Telegraph.co.uk

UK broadband speeds climb as digital divide narrows - Telegraph.co.uk | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
The average broadband speed in the UK is now 18.7Mbps, with those in rural areas achieving an average of 13.6Mbps
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There are still many businesses not getting the speed they need to thrive.  See my blog and click on the broadband speed chheck link.

www.thetelecomsexpert.com

 

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Vodafone Group inks EUR450m deal with ESB to build broadband network in Ireland | TeleGeography.com

UK-based Vodafone Group and Irish electricity supplier ESB have signed a joint venture agreement to invest EUR450 million (USD615 million) in the construction of a new fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) broadband network in Ireland.

 

According to Vodafone the new FTTB network will deliver download speeds ranging from 200Mbps to 1Gbps, as Ireland joins the pioneering countries around the world where it comes to utilising its existing electricity infrastructure to deliver fibre directly to the end user’s home or business.

 

Although the plan is to deploy FTTB nationwide, in the initial phase Vodafone says it is targeting some 500,000 homes and businesses in 50 towns and cities across the Republic.

 

The deal, which will see fibre deployed in a cost-efficient manner on ESB’s existing network, is however subject to European Commission (EC) approval, although the pair are looking to begin rollout within the next few months, with the first customers being connected to a live service in early-2015.


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Come on! We need Fibre rolled out much faster in the UK we have companies who cannot get connected in London without paying a large install fee.   See my blog www.thetelecomsexpert.com

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EE ordered to drop broadband claim from marketing campaign - The Guardian

EE ordered to drop broadband claim from marketing campaign - The Guardian | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
The Guardian EE ordered to drop broadband claim from marketing campaign The Guardian The marketing campaign went on to say that EE's broadband is better than its rivals, including BT, Sky and TalkTalk, because its service experiences less "jitter"...
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The  gloves are  off! Can we all question  false broadband  claims now?

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Broadband speed - Which?

Broadband speed - Which? | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
Sign Which?'s petition to make your broadband provider deliver the speed and service you deserve.
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What a great idea. I have  listed on my blog  how you can check your

broadband speed. www.thetelecomsexpert.com

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Why use call recording with your business telephone systems: by Scott Seltzer

ConnectMeVoice Blog - Why should you record or monitor your calls? If you are running a business, and you have employees answering your phones, you should care about each and every interaction they...
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The  opportunity is there ! Big business functionality at small business costs!. Why wouldn't you ?

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Ofcom | UK overtakes major EU nations for superfast broadband

Ofcom news: UK overtakes major EU nations for superfast broadband http://t.co/QcaesGg2Te
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This is great news! fibre broadband makes such a big difference.

Is fibre available in your business postcode? If you have not checked yet let me know and i will check for you.

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WhatsApp to Add Voice in 2014

WhatsApp to Add Voice in 2014 | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
WhatsApp will add voice calling capability in the second quarter of this year, said Jan Koum, WhatsApp CEO.
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This simple statement has not been given much press coverage, but I believe this could be really significant. If you a new to whatsApp it is a free texting service.  My Football team use it to inform all the players of changes, my Bike club use it, My Wife's work use it for employee updates!

 

Imagine, if you can now use to call all your friends for free! Is this why Facebook have just purchased for billions Mobile phone companies watch out!

 

 

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More haste, less speed - The Economist

More haste, less speed - The Economist | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
More haste, less speed
The Economist
BOURNEMOUTH, a seaside resort on Britain's south coast, is not an obvious place to experiment with speedy broadband.
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The emperor with no clothes!

I am starting to think superfast broadband resembles this fairy-tale.  Yes your business needs fast broadband and yes some businesses will benefit from Fibre, but will the speeds in Bournemouth make your businesses more successful. No is the answer.  Spend wisely and let me know if you would like a free cost and speed comparison!

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12 tips for improving your broadband connection speed - Telegraph.co.uk

12 tips for improving your broadband connection speed - Telegraph.co.uk | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk
12 tips for improving your broadband connection speed
Telegraph.co.uk
Average fixed broadband speeds have risen dramatically over the last five years, with the UK's average download speed hitting 14.7Mbps in May 2013.
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Simple but true.  Click on the heading and get the full list.  If all else fails change provider.

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FCC chairman calls for transition of nation's phone system to IP ...

FCC chairman calls for transition of nation's phone system to IP ... | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced Tuesday that the commission will begin a “diverse set of experiments” next year aimed at replacing the telephone system's traditional phone lines transmission with networks that are based on Internet Protocol.
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Where America goes we follow.  Our Government has already made a commitment to the Cloud and telecoms will follow.

 

Why wait? It makes financial sense and the benefits of free call record, call routing and one number anywhere mean that SME's can compete with big business.

 

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The secret to Amazon's cloud success might be Jeff Bezos' corporate culture | GigaOM Tech News

The secret to Amazon's cloud success might be Jeff Bezos' corporate culture | GigaOM Tech News | Business telecoms | Scoop.it

Much has been made about how many features Amazon Web Services adds each year and how fast it’s outpacing its cloud computing competitors in terms of product innovation. For evidence of how fast AWS moves, just look at the slow roll of features AWS has been rolling out over the past few weeks leading up to its re:Invent conference last week, and the handful of big new services and features – including a virtual desktop service and a streaming data service — it announced at the show.

 

During a session at last week’s AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon VP Charlie Bell might have indirectly explained the innovation gap by pulling back the curtain on how AWS runs organizationally. As it turns out, AWS runs just like Amazon.com — which is to say “effectively.”

 

At the highest level is the set of leadership principles against which everyone at Amazon is expected to measure themselves — and against which they’ll be measured come review time. “Culture is probably the most important part of the whole thing,” Bell said, so having everyone on the same page and striving toward the same vision is a good thing.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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In my blog i have been shouting about the benefits of the Cloud.

However, do not forget the basics!

 

I admire Amazon they would be in everyone’s top ten of internet success stories.  But most internet Companies do not want to speak to you, they prefer email.  But Amazon make it easy.

They provide UK 0800 numbers and a click to call service.

 

An excellent inbound callSolution will ensure your customers are happy and will return.  Why would you want to make it difficult for customers to contact you?

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FCC app taps masses for mobile broadband speed research

FCC app taps masses for mobile broadband speed research | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
Commission to discuss an app this week that could allow consumers to determine whether they are getting the mobile data speeds they are paying for. Read this article by Steven Musil on CNET.
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What a great idea but will you use it.? Have you gone online and checked your home or office broadband speed?  You may be shocked at what you find.  They are easy to use just google broadband speed checker and follow the instructions.

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UK broadband 'not fit for purpose'

UK broadband 'not fit for purpose' | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
The Federation of Small Businesses criticises the government's "unambitious" broadband targets and calls for a rethink.
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The problem is the Goverment has encouraged investment in home broadband. So you will often find you have faster broadband at home than work. We need to address this quickly!  See my blog to test your broadband speed and find out about superfast fibre.

www.thetelecomsexpert.com

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FCC may force Internet providers to stop calling their slow, crappy speeds 'broadband'

FCC may force Internet providers to stop calling their slow, crappy speeds 'broadband' | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
The FCC is considering a new definition of "broadband," a term which defines high-speed Internet as 4Mbps and better. The new definition would raise the minimum speed above 10Mbps or even 25Mbps, t...
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Will the Uk follow and stop companies suppling rubbish broadband!

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Business Choice Awards 2014: VoIP - PC Magazine

Business Choice Awards 2014: VoIP - PC Magazine | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
Business Choice Awards 2014: VoIP
PC Magazine
We kick off this year's Business Choice Awards with voice over IP (VoIP), a technology used to deliver voice over data networks and the Internet.
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They are missing the point there should not be any difference between large and small business VoIP providers. Big business functionality is now available to small businesses!

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If your broadband is dead, BT may have stolen your line - ZDNet

If your broadband is dead, BT may have stolen your line - ZDNet | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
If your broadband is dead, BT may have stolen your line
ZDNet
Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 12.48.43 Credit: BT. After a brief stint away, as I walked home, I saw a van with the BT OpenReach logo emblazoned on the front parked down the street.
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Always have some back up place if your business lines go down or are stolen!  For a few pounds a month you can have some basic DR in place. 

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Leaked images show how VOIP calls will work in WhatsApp - Authint Mail

Leaked images show how VOIP calls will work in WhatsApp - Authint Mail | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
Leaked images show how VOIP calls will work in WhatsApp
Authint Mail
Alleged screenshots of WhatsApp's upcoming Voice over IP feature have surfaced, and they show an app that looks a lot like iOS 7's Phone app.
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Looks nice and easy!

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Slow broadband 'could knock up to 20% off house price'

Slow broadband 'could knock up to 20% off house price' | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
Estate agents say some buyers turn down properties with low broadband speeds. (You know it's the 21st century when SLOW BROADBAND causes your house to lose value...
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I don't believe it!

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Amazon.com Could Dominate the U.S. Smartphone Market

Amazon.com Could Dominate the U.S. Smartphone Market | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
If it releases a phone, Amazon could threaten both Apple and Google. - Sam Mattera - Tech and Telecom
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I love Amazon.  This would really shake the market up and drive costs down!

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ANS Group founder says HS2 cash would be better spent on broadband | Digital By Default News

ANS Group founder says HS2 cash would be better spent on broadband | Digital By Default News | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
According to Scott Fletcher, founder of the ANS Group, the government should invest the £45 billion it has committed to spending on HS2 in broadband instead.
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Anyone who has read my blog on this issue will know I agree.  Spend on superfast broadband and have less rail travel not more!

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Superfast broadband for Cameron, but neighbours left in digital slow lane - The Guardian

Superfast broadband for Cameron, but neighbours left in digital slow lane - The Guardian | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Superfast broadband for Cameron, but neighbours left in digital slow lane
The Guardian
His neighbours make do with the grindingly slow copper broadband network, and now their hopes of an upgrade have been dashed.
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See the PM knows  how important it is to have superfast broadbrand!

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A land fit for hermits: why broadband speeds could become an election issue - ComputerWeekly.com (blog)

A land fit for hermits: why broadband speeds could become an election issue - ComputerWeekly.com (blog) | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
ComputerWeekly.com (blog) A land fit for hermits: why broadband speeds could become an election issue ComputerWeekly.com (blog) Last week at the launch of the Tomorrow's City Forum a high tech investor told me of his experience of superfast...
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Wow.  Could Broadband speeds become an Election Issue?  No

not In my view! But maybe for the one after.  I believe the goverment would be wiser investing money in faster broadband rather than a high speed rail link. 

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The IP Transition: Starting Now | FCC.gov

The IP Transition: Starting Now | FCC.gov | Business telecoms | Scoop.it

Our communications networks are changing – and fast. What some call the “IP transition” is really a series of transitions; a multi-faceted revolution that advances as the packets of Internet Protocol (IP)-based communication replace the digital stream of bits and analog frequency waves.

 

The impacts on networks have already begun and will be profound. Fiber networks are expanding. Bonding technology is showing interesting possibilities with regard to the nation’s traditional copper infrastructure. Communications protocols are moving from circuit-switched Time-division Multiplexing (or TDM) to IP. And wireless voice and data services are increasingly prevalent, empowering consumers to connect at the place and time of their choosing.

 

This is what I have called the Fourth Network Revolution, and it is a good thing. History has shown that new networks catalyze innovation, investment, ideas, and ingenuity. Their spillover effects can transform society – think of the creation of industrial organizations and the standardized time zones that followed in the wake of the railroad and telegraph.

 

But the future of networks can be hard to see, especially in moments of great change. When Alexander Graham Bell offered Western Union all rights to his telephone patents in 1876, the response was a curt dismissal. A Western Union memorandum concluded that “[t]his ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.”

 

The way forward is to encourage technological change while preserving the attributes of network services that customers have come to expect – that set of values we have begun to call the Network Compact.

 

In this we are aided by those who are making the changes and those who are observing its impact. Almost a year ago, AT&T and NTCA asked the Commission to begin proceedings to examine the impact of network change on customers. The Commission sought comments on those proposals and expanded the scope of its examination with the creation by Chairman Genachowski of the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force, which issued a further Public Notice in May.

 

To that, and the earlier proceedings, the Commission has received more than 400 comments, letters, and presentations from companies and organizations, including incumbent carriers; rural carriers; competitive carriers; cable companies; wireless providers; VoIP providers; federal, state and local government entities; telecommunications equipment manufacturers and service providers; public safety entities; and public interest organizations.

 

We have listened, and now it is the time to act. In this, I agree with my Commission colleagues.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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What a great rejection to Alexander Graham Bell from Western Union.

While i do not pretend to be in the same company as the great man.

We sometine here the same ridiculous comments about VOIP.  But is here to stay and will improve the way we all comunicate with our customers. Click on the attached video and send me your comments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCemeXPWsZM

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Brave new era of VoIP is evolving, says expert - Telappliant VoIP News

Brave new era of VoIP is evolving, says expert - Telappliant VoIP News | Business telecoms | Scoop.it
Brave new era of VoIP is evolving, says expert Telappliant VoIP News Rob Lith, director at Connection Telecom, has written a piece for IT Web in which he explained the need to branch out into VoIP has been clear for some time for telecommunications...
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In my view it is not a matter of if but when fixed line telecoms becomes  obsolete!

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