Choosing The Best Business VOIP Providers

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.

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The BT VOIP Phone Switch

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? 

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BT Cloud Phone Arrival Means Analogue is Dead

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.


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VoIP Phone Line

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.

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UK VoIP Provider Comparison

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.

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VoIP Phone System For Business: The Essential Guide

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.

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Which business broadband package should I choose?

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.

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What Is Business Fibre?

Business fibre is a next gen technology that brings faster, more reliable internet connections to business premises compared to the older DSL technology.

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G.fast The Business Guide

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?

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FTTP on Demand Costs Are Still Killing The Technology

FTTP has been marketed as somewhat of a panacea for businesses; it's a fibre connection at an affordable cost. Let's face it who wouldn't want high-speed, fibre internet access, for less than £100/month? 

So when FTTP on Demand was launched it should have been an enormous step forward in the adoption of fibre access in the UK, instead FTTP has led a troubled past, the three significant drawbacks of FTTP on Demand have been:
  • minimum 36-month contract
  • high monthly fees (in the region of £200/month)
  • high installation fees (related to the distance between the fibre connection - near the fibre street cabinet - and the premises).

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.

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FTTC Speeds

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.

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Openreach Fibre Checker

Here at Amvia, we like the Openreach fibre checker. It's easy to use, impartial and provides beneficial information about superfast fibre infrastructure in your area.

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Virgin Fibre Checker

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.

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BT Fibre Checker

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. 

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FTTP On Demand

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.

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What Is An SD WAN & How Does It Work?

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.

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How Much Does A Leased Line Cost?

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.

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How Much Does a 100Mb Leased Line Cost?

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.

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How Much Does A 1Gb Leased Line Cost?

You may be upgrading your leased line, or you may be using a Gigabit Connection voucher to future-proof your business. If you're looking for how much a 1Gb leased line costs then you're in the right place.

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How Much Does A BT Leased Line Cost in 2020?

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.

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Which Providers Offer The Best Leased Line Prices?

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.

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BT Leased Line Guide

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.

 

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The Top UK Leased Line Providers 2020

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.

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