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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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10 ways fibre leased line connectivity will benefit your business

10 ways fibre leased line connectivity will benefit your business

Whether you need high-speed internet access, uninterrupted data streams for your business communications and operations, or need the capability to run tools and apps to help better manage your infrastructure, switching to fibre leased line connectivity will have big benefits for your business.

If you don’t want your business to feel the limits of shared communications and data connections, and need the benefits of guaranteed high connection speeds, a fibre leased line is your best option.

As well as the benefits listed in this article, fibre leased line connectivity offers a whole host of other benefits which extend further into helping you optimise your business operations.

In this article, we will look at 10 different ways that fibre leased line connectivity will benefit your business.

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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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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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Microsoft buying Linkedin?

Microsoft buying Linkedin?

Microsoft shocked us all with the announcement of their Linkedin acquisition. At a huge price of over $26 billion dollars people are asking the question….why?

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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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The Need for Speed - Venus Launch 10 Gigabit Fibre Leased Lines for the Media and Production Industry

The Need for Speed - Venus Launch 10 Gigabit Fibre Leased Lines for the Media and Production Industry

Venus launches 10 Gigabits per second fibre leased line Internet connectivity for the Media and Production Industry. London’s post production houses work on a wide range of projects from Hollywood block busters to popular television dramas. In the immortal words of Tom Cruise’s Maverick they now “feel the need for Speed

 

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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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Superconnected Camden

Superconnected Camden

Join Venus Business Communications and Proud Camden during London Technology Week for an exclusive event showcasing the benefits of a Gigabit connected businesses.

“Upgrading to Gigabit connectivity throughout our Proud Camden Venue is one of the best business decisions I have made. Our Venue is always full of tech savvy customers online 24/7 whilst enjoying drinks in our terrace bar, stables or cabaret room." Alex Proud, CEO

 

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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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Digital Divide within Education

Digital Divide within Education

The Digital Divide is still a very pronounced phenomenon in the UK. BESA found just under half of all primary and secondary schools surveyed reported that they had inadequate access to the internet as well as over half reporting poor Wi-Fi connectivity. This is particularly worrying as in an increasingly digital society, children will be losing out on key learning initiatives and knowledge and this could lead to a further widening of the digital divide.

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The Problem with the Government's draft Investigatory Powers Bill

The Problem with the Government's draft Investigatory Powers Bill

The UK Government has drafted a bill - referred to in some quarters as the "Snoopers' Charter" - which is designed to clarify regulation of communications monitoring and interception.

The Bill stipulates a 12 month requirement for retention of something described as an ICR - an "Internet Connection Record". This is described as a "record of the internet services that a specific device connects to – such as a website or instant messaging application – captured by the company providing access to the internet."

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40,000 Businesses Have Boosted their Internet with The Connection Voucher Scheme

40,000 Businesses Have Boosted their Internet with The Connection Voucher Scheme

"Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey urges businesses to apply for £3,000 broadband grants before it’s too late"

The connection voucher scheme is part of the Government's transformation of the UK's digital economy. Helping cities create and attract new jobs and investment, making the UK the best place in the world for business!

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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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Multi Tenant Connectivity Solutions

Multi Tenant Connectivity Solutions

The Building Centre, in Central London, was established in 1931. Since then it has developed into a multi tenant office building. Each tenant is heavily dependent on sending very large data files detailing construction projects – more than 100MB per file is commonplace. David Birkbeck is well known to other tenants in the building and he encouraged a clutch of them to syndicate the costs of commissioning fibre optic connectivity at the Building Centre. 
 

The Connection Voucher Scheme provides an added incentive for landlords of properties with multiple business tenants to install high speed connectivity. The landlords should take the opportunity to capitalise on reduced installation fees.

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Future Proof Your Business with the Superconnected Cities Scheme

Future Proof Your Business with the Superconnected Cities Scheme

Since the Superconnected cities scheme launched in 2013 superfast broadband has been on the front of the Government agenda in the hope to get the economy booming.

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The Growth of Apprenticeships

The Growth of Apprenticeships

Savvy business-minded people are shunning traditional education for technical apprenticeships. Venus' latest apprentices, Monet Peart and Sara Hogarth, dropped out of college to forge careers in IT without lectures and loans. 

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