Landlines? Where we’re going we don’t need landlines, we need voip providers. More and more businesses are casting their eyes forward to a world beyond hardwired telephone lines to business voice over internet protocol (VOIP) offering integrated communications including voice, video, instant messaging, mobile and cloud applications.
BT’s announcement that it will be switching off its ISDN and PSTN services by 2025 is a bit of a landmark moment in telephony services. This has been the fundamental technology underpinning landlines for decades and its end is just part of our further transition into a fully digital age. So, what does this mean for businesses?
Towards the end of last year, BT announced it would launch it's VOIP phone system BT Cloud Phone and soon be switching off its PSTN and ISDN services. By 2025, it will have moved to an all-IP service which means businesses still using traditional technology will have eight years to find an alternative. The chances are, though, that most won’t wait that long.
Phone lines have been with us for quite a while, over a century in fact, so it’s no surprise VoIP phone lines are appearing as an alternative. By 2025, phones lines as we know them will be gone, replaced with a digital alternative that is far more glamorous. The name of this alternative? Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP for short.
VoIP providers enable you to use your phone system over your internet connection instead of using a traditional phone line, ISDN or PSTN. If your business is considering a voice over IP telephone system then read on, in this in depth UK VoIP provider comparison.
VoIP, known more commonly as internet telephony, or voice over IP, is a way of making phone calls without using a phone line. If you want to use VoIP you'll need a VoIP phone system for your business. If you're looking to find out how business voip works, then read below, as we explain everything you need to know.
Does your business demand maximum uptime? Many industries find internet outages catastrophic. If you rely in VoIP telephony, SaaS systems or cloud storage, downtime can severely impact productivity and even your reputation.
In the current day and age, Internet security is of paramount importance. It seems that a day does not go by without news of a data breach. From TalkTalk to Under Armour, we have all heard about the high-profile cases. However, it is worth noting that for every big business that gets breached, there are tons of smaller companies that are experiencing the same fate outside of the spotlight.
Web traffic management is an important part of your broadband package as it has an impact on the speed of Internet you receive. As it has a number of names – from bandwidth management to traffic shaping – it can seem overly complicated, but it doesn’t need to be.
There are many reasons you may be considering looking for a new business broadband provider. Perhaps you are moving to new business premises? Maybe you are looking to save some money? Or, perhaps you are fed up with how slow and frustrating your current connection is?
Is your business planning to move to a new location? Relocating can be as challenging as it is exciting. Ensuring that you have everything in place in a timely manner is imperative if you want to avoid costly downtime and disappointed customers.
There could be many reasons your new workplace doesn’t have internet. Perhaps it’s a new build or a particularly old building. One thing that is essential to getting business broadband is a phone line - if you have one then great, but if not, don’t worry.
There are many reasons why you may be considering switching your company’s broadband provider. Most business owners do this to save money or to benefit from faster speeds.
These days clients and customers have become accustomed to accessing free public Wi-Fi whilst they're visiting cafes, restaurants and places of business.
The increasing risks of cyber security breaches are very worrying for businesses and it is of utmost importance to do everything you can to protect against them. Having a plan in place is a great start.
If you're running a small business or running a business from home, you may be unsure whether to stick with your standard home broadband package or look into a package created specifically for business users.
Having decided that a business broadband package is the way to go, the next step is to pick a package to best suit your circumstances. This can seem a little daunting as the options are numerous. From a basic no frills package right the way through to a leased line and complex phone systems, here are a few tips to help you choose which package will be best for your needs.
Business fibre is a next gen technology that brings faster, more reliable internet connections to business premises compared to the older DSL technology.
G.fast is an exciting new broadband technology that businesses like yours can use to get ultra-fast speeds on average of 300Mbps.
In this article, we'll cover what G.fast is, the speed capability, UK rollout plans and lastly how to check availability at your business premises.
What is G.fast?
Openreach announced on 30th October 2017 that from February 2018, the fixed connection charge for FTTP on Demand will be decreased from £750 (excluding VAT) to £92 (excluding VAT) for a 330 Mbps download/30 Mbps upload service. Furthermore, the distance-based fee will be replaced by a build charge. Openreach provides estimates of build charges on a case-by-case basis.
Now, in March 2018, that sounds like great news, especially if you are considering a shift to fibre broadband. Install costs should now be affordable... right? After all the giant UK network operator Openreach has spoken. So we thought we'd test how the theory works in practice, and this is what we found.
If you are reading this article you may already have FTTC and want more speed, or you may have ADSL and be thinking about how you can upgrade the capability of your business broadband. In this article you can learn about how fast FTTC is, how distance affects FTTC speed and how you can improve the speed of FTTC.
The chances are if you're looking for the Virgin fibre checker you're thinking of getting fibre for your business. The Virgin fibre checker allows you to search for Virgin's fibre services.
The chances are if you're looking for the BT fibre checker you're thinking of getting fibre for your business. The BT fibre checker allows you to search for BT's fibre broadband services called Infinity.
If you are considering FTTP on Demand, you're probably looking for a cost-effective way to future-proof your business communications with a fibre connection. In this article, you'll discover what FTTP on Demand is, which UK ISPs provide the service, how much it costs and how to check for availability then order FTTP on Demand.
What is an SD WAN?
An SD WAN or Software-defined WAN is a wide area network that is managed using software-defined networking (SDN) principles. Software-defined networking is a concept taken from server and storage virtualisation in the datacentre market.
Using SDN, the SD WAN software manages traffic on the network allowing the network manager to create service level agreements for application traffic. In doing so the business using the WAN can expect to see improved application performance across it's network.
If you are trying to find out how much a leased line costs, you may well be looking to upgrade your business internet, add a new site to your network or renew a leased line contract. If you want more information and the latest pricing you're in the right place.
This business guide considers the current market pricing for UK leased lines in 2018, we consider the factors that are determining price and give you an insight into today's price trends.
100Mb leased lines are becoming increasingly more accessible thanks to advances in data and telecoms technology and the widespread installation of more complex, superior networks across the UK.
If you’re in the market for a leased line – whether to upgrade your connection from broadband or renew an existing service – a good place to start is by finding out how much a BT leased line costs at your location.
With myriad buying options, such as directly, through a BT local business, from a wholesale provider, plus all the different speeds, bearer sizes and contract terms, finding the best BT leased line costs can seem like a minefield.
However, our simple guide to BT costs in all major UK cities can benchmark the costs for you so you can gauge whether the prices you receive are competitive and good value.
If you are in the market for a leased line you probably already know that there are lots of providers. Finding the best prices can be a laborious task, and that's why we've put together this advice guide which gives you an insight into current leased line prices.
At Amvia buying and delivering leased lines is something we do day in, day out. Our experience gives us some great insights into market trends in price, delivery and service.
In this guide, we will just look at the price in isolation of delivery and service. If you want to find out more about how we rate all of the providers we work with you can check out this guide where we rate and review all providers based on speed, delivery, price, support and more.
Which provider generally offers the best leased line prices?
To get you this data we've compiled 1000s of locations based on retail pricing for a 100Mbps leased line on a 36-month contract. The trend that emerged is that TalkTalk, Virgin and Vodafone are all very similar, but TalkTalk is, by a thin margin, the lowest cost provider on average. SSE is usually more expensive and BT more often than not the most expensive.
Should I buy directly from TalkTalk then?
There is a further trend. As a wholesaler, Amvia has access to leased line prices that aren't available to retail customers. Behind the scenes, BT is offering some fantastic discounts that are only available on a wholesale basis. Buying a BT leased line from Amvia can be far cheaper than purchasing a leased line directly from BT. It is not uncommon for us to see BT pricing to be similar, and sometimes more competitive, than TalkTalk, Virgin and Vodafone.
When you are buying a leased line comparing providers is the most critical factor that has a bearing on price. It far outweighs the distance of the line, the bearer capacity and even the speed of the line. It is critical that you identify all of the providers that can service your business and that you negotiate the best pricing with them all. If you do that, then you'll be sure to get the best possible leased line costs in your next contract term.
Remember that more often than not the best available prices are not on offer directly from the network. It's always a good idea to work with a wholesaler who has significant buying power and can access deals that the typical retail customer can't.
AmviaSearch was developed to make finding the best deal for your leased line requirement easy. AmviaSearch programmatically connects to all of the major leased line providers in the UK. With one simple search, you can discover which providers can service your location, as well as the best possible prices on offer.
Are you shopping around for the best deal on leased lines? There are dozens of ISPs in the UK, all vying for your business, each with different prices and service offerings.
We know that picking your way through the fine print is a tricky and time-consuming process. As a savvy buyer, you want to know you are getting the best leased line pricing with a service level that suits your needs.
In this guide we cover the providers you should be considering, the main components that determine leased line costs, and finally a quick and easy way to make a whole of market leased line price comparison.
Fast reliable bandwidth is the cornerstone of productivity in business and that's often why a BT leased line is high on any IT manager's list.
Are you expected to deliver 100% network uptime, providing reliable and secure internet for every user? If so you're probably considering a leased line. With increasing demand placed on IT networks and more businesses shifting to cloud-based solutions, finding a cost-effective, robust internet connection with adequate bandwidth performance is becoming the ‘Holy Grail’ for IT Managers who find themselves under pressure.
Our updated for 2019 UK leased line providers guide is designed to give you the insights you need to make sure you're getting the best business internet deal.
This data was compiled based on our customers' experiences with most of the major UK leased line providers, including BT, TalkTalk, Virgin, Vodafone, SSE and Colt.
We've analysed a range of dedicated circuits, MPLS network services, point-to-point fibre and data networks.
In this article we cover why businesses switch nework provider, and how to successfully manage a network migration.
Most businesses switch network provider for three reasons:
Choosing the right type of connection to suit your business can be overwhelming, even for seasoned professionals or clued-up business owners. Also if you are an IT Manager who knows the lingo and the technology it represents, you may have to break it down in layman’s terms to the decision-makers who will ultimately give the thumbs up to a budget for an upgrade.
In this article, we will run through what FTTP, FTTC and ADSL connections are, how they differ and what each technology means regarding capability.
In this article we will cover what FTTP is, the advantages, the disadvantages, where to find out availability and the price of FTTP.
If you are a UK SME business, you may be able to get a grant to upgrade your business fibre to Gigabit speeds.
This article will focus on helping you to decide if ADSL broadband, Ethernet First Mile (EFM), Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), Ethernet over FTCC, FTTP or Fibre are best for your business. Too many acronyms already? Stick with us we'll help you get there!
So developing recurring revenue is a great idea, lets explore how can you develop it in your business.
Selling telecom services such as broadband, fibre leased lines and ethernet develops recurring revenue. The nature of these services is that they are billed on a monthly basis, sometime on multi-year contracts. This means if you sell a fibre circuit for £500/month over 3 years, you can be fairly certian you will receive 36 x £500 or £18,000 in income over the 36 month period.
This article describes the challenge facing RatedPeople.com and the outcome solution they decided to implement with Amvia.