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Beating Westminster Connectivity Blackspots with the Connect Westminster Voucher Scheme

Beating Westminster Connectivity Blackspots with the Connect Westminster Voucher Scheme

In a bid to overcome connectivity issues and “not spots” in London, Westminster Council has launched the Connect Westminster scheme, a £2.8m project enabled by the European Regional Development Fund.

Westminster City Council has secured funding of £2.8m, including £1.4m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the Connect Westminster voucher scheme, which aims to set up a local broadband connection voucher schemes offering Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Westminster borough ultra-fast broadband connections.

Poor connectivity and not spots have been pressing issues for SMEs in the Westminster borough for a long time. In addition to the high loss of earnings for SMEs due to connectivity issues, Westminster not spots are having a further impact on London’s economic productivity and international competitiveness. This was highlighted in the Recent London Assembly report, Digital Connectivity in London:

London’s economic productivity and international competitiveness face a significant threat in the form of poor digital connectivity. The capital is poorly served, suffering from ‘not-spots’, ‘digital deserts’ and a lack of fibre connections.

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How will the PSTN and ISDN switch-off impact your business?

How will the PSTN and ISDN switch-off impact your business?

As we all know, in 2015 BT announced that they will be switching off the PSTN and ISDN networks by 2025. With this, BT will no longer accept any new orders or amendments to services applicable to any ISDN products as of 2020.

Once the switch-off has taken place, customers will be migrated to a single IP core network using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), which will ultimately replace all legacy network and platforms.

While 2025 may seem a long way off, 2020 is only three years away and the upcoming switch-off means that PSTN and ISDN lines are now considered a legacy product.

This means that investment in these products is very likely to fall. If your business uses or offers PSTN and ISDN lines as a service, the switch-off is going to have a significant effect on your business unless you can migrate your own systems and your customer’s systems over to a VoIP service.

In this article, we will have a look at  VoIP Telephony services that are available and the benefits of migrating your systems in time for the ISDN switch-off in 2025 will have on your business and your customer base.

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Is a Leased Line Right for your Business?

Is a Leased Line Right for your Business?

As reliable connectivity becomes increasingly important to the smooth running of a business, making sure that you choose the right internet connection is more crucial than ever. In this article, we will walk you through all you need to know to help you decide whether a leased line is the right choice for your business internet connection.

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What to consider before moving your business to the cloud

What to consider before moving your business to the cloud

In the past couple of years, ‘cloud computing’ has become a common phrase in the IT industry. With more businesses migrating from their old on-premises servers to cloud services, you have probably wondered if cloud computing might be right for your business. While on-premises server technology still exists (and will so for the near future), it’s hard not to feel antique if you’re opting for traditional servers, especially when your competitors are moving to newer cloud storage platforms. In this article, we will look at some of the types of cloud services that are available, along with some benefits and considerations to help you decide whether cloud computing is right for your business.

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How you can speed up your fibre leased line installation

How you can speed up your fibre leased line installation

Once you have chosen the right fibre leased line provider, you will want to get your fibre connection installed as quickly as possible. If you have chosen an independent fibre network provider, they will carry out a site survey and take care of the engineering work needed to initiate the installation process. Once installation is underway, you can help to speed it up by following the tips in this article.

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BT/Openreach Split Brings Good News

BT/Openreach Split Brings Good News

The news of the BT and Openreach split is not surprising to Venus. Venus are one of many alternative independent providers acting as the engine for the UK economy and powering businesses with high speed sustainable Internet connectivity at affordable prices. We believe the importance for the market today is to widen choice for customers and businesses through increasing competition.

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Why London’s Businesses are turning to Independent Fibre Broadband Network Providers

Why London’s Businesses are turning to Independent Fibre Broadband Network Providers

Many business in central London haved moved away from national carriers, turning to one of the capital's independent fibre network providers for their business fibre broadband needs.

This obviously won't come as a surprise to you if your business is already experiencing the benefits of working with a independent fibre broadband network provider. On the other hand if you are still receiving fibre broadband (and the subsequent headaches) from a national carrier this article will give you with all the information you need about the benefits of choosing an independent provider for your business broadband needs.

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Venus Welcomes Chancellor's £1bn broadband investment

Venus Welcomes Chancellor's £1bn broadband investment

Venus Business Communications welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond’s autumn statement announcement pledging a £1 billion investment in broadband. The new broadband investment package will pump £400 million into a new Digital Investment Fund to stimulate fibre network operators to scale up rapidly to meet the demands of businesses and Homes across the UK for high speed connectivity. 

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Virtual Reality at Work

Virtual Reality at Work

VR has a wide range of business potential. A company can connect with remote staff as if they were all in the same room, real estate brokers can provide buyers with tours of an entire building and a dressmaker can even offer a virtual fitting for a wedding dress!

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Welcome to the New Real World - Smart Cities

Welcome to the New Real World - Smart Cities

A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefits of its inhabitants and businesses.

Greater work productivity, a consequence of smart buildings, allows time and energy to be spent in the local economy. As Westminster is already the best city to do business, we are happy to continue this trend by innovating the technologies being used today. There are plenty of business opportunities arising from making buildings smarter.

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Public Speaking for the First Time

Public Speaking for the First Time

Great advice from our Head of Channel Sales: 5 key pieces of advice to any new speakers out there

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Stay Safe Online - Don’t Let the Hackers Access your Online Accounts

Stay Safe Online - Don’t Let the Hackers Access your Online Accounts

We've all had them. Those emails you read with a growing sense of dread which tell you to change the password you use on this account, that social network or one of the many other online services you use.

The worst part is the uncertainty that comes in the wake of the warning - do you panic now or later?

 

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FTTP and FTTC - What is the difference?

FTTP and FTTC - What is the difference?

Sick of your current internet connection and want to make sure you are getting the best for your money? Venus has often been asked what is the difference between FTTP and FTTC - Which option is better for my business?

 

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Fast Broadband - The Key to Attracting New Tenants

Fast Broadband - The Key to Attracting New Tenants

The serviced office sector in London is booming. In 2015, it grew 10 % in the most popular areas of the city, and now comprises 30 % of the total UK market (according to the Instant Group’s 2015 Serviced Offices Review report). State of the art serviced office company, Circle Offices Ltd offers fully serviced office space in Longcroft house, Bishopsgate, London since 2007. Today Circle Offices’s Longcroft House Business Centre consists of 75 fully serviced office suites which accommodate some 244 clients across a range of industries from engineering, design to psychology. More than ever, it is experiencing growing demand from entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs looking for a flexible, reliable and simple ‘plug and play’ office experience that can seamlessly scale with their business.

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How Apprenticeships can help your business and the Economy

How Apprenticeships can help your business and the Economy

Are you wondering whether your business should go down the apprenticeship route? Or are you a student wondering whether you should continue with your studies or fast forward your career and become an apprentice?

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Entertainment Industries need robust networks

Entertainment Industries need robust networks

The trend to view major sporting events on mobile devices continues to grow. The 2012 Olympics saw hotels across London clambering for high speed connectivity with the influx of visitors coming to see the games and wanting to view coverage of major sporting events across mobile platforms.  Back in 1998,Des Lynam cheekily introduced coverage of England’s afternoon kick off against Tunisia with “Good afternoon, shouldn’t you be at work?” Today, many people still are at work viewing on mobiles and tablets. Streamed in high definition video these major sporting events present surges that ISP networks need to cope with. 

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The Future of Advertising

The Future of Advertising

Advertising in 2025 will be digital, clever and all about you. Life will be more automated, slicker and quicker. You’ll be able to buy a robot lover and even use a small chip to measure how many times a day you blink to assess your eye health and find the perfect mascara. Not every car will be driverless, but you can bet your bottom dollar that most public transport will be.

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Technology Increases the Importance of Trust

Technology Increases the Importance of Trust

Trust is probably the single most important ingredient in any human-to-human interaction or relationship, personal or commercial, and as the volume and velocity of these interactions continue to increase with technology, so the importance of trust will continue to increase and in todays world trust is earned as trust is something you can no longer buy or cover, trust has to be earned and maintained within a business. 

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Cyber security - What to look out for

Cyber security - What to look out for

The hacker of today only needs access to the Internet to initiate an attack. The way we are connected to the Internet and the number of devices we use continues to grow, so does the risks of being attacked. Simple steps can help keep your online presence safe!

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Emerging technology changing the way we pay

Emerging technology changing the way we pay

Cash is no longer king and today’s consumers demand a seamless payment experience. Find out why smart businesses are embracing new ways to pay.

 

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Today's Use of the Internet

Today's Use of the Internet

You thought YOU got too many emails? You’re not alone. 150 million emails are sent every minute on average across the Internet

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Is the Cloud right for you?

Is the Cloud right for you?

The cloud has been taking the business world by storm, but is it right for every business? It seems like only yesterday that computers and the internet had limited functions and usability for a business’s productivity. Fast-forward to the present and the rapid advancement of internet technology, most notably the cloud,  has led a huge variety of options for every kind of business. Advocates for the cloud often cite numerous benefits that lead to the optimization of businesses’ productivity, efficiency and functionality of their operations.

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Ever been told Fibre is not Available in your area?

Ever been told Fibre is not Available in your area?

Venus’ innovative approach is helping hundreds of clients get the  superfast  broadband connections they need even when  other installers say broadband is not available.

 

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Venus Partners on Joint Events

Venus Partners on Joint Events

Venus Business Communications has teamed up with Video conference specialists, Videonations to demonstrate the operational efficiencies and savings video conferencing can bring to businesses. 

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