Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Is your local Council doing enough?!

Broadband projects are ongoing throughout the whole of the UK with the government issuing more than £530m to get Britain super fast broadband. Superfast broadband is considered to be more than 24Mbps and the government hopes that this will reach over 90% of homes across the UK.

But alongside the race to superfast broadband the government also want to availability of speeds of just 2mpbs to be to 100% of the UK. Here is the dilemma which we and many others are facing. The councils are indeed trying to get super fast broadband into their own areas, neglecting the fact that some houses or communities may not have access to speeds of 2Mbps yet or even no access at all.

We have been getting calls from lots of people lately that have had promises form the councils that they would be getting a faster connection. Unfortunately they have been reaching a dead end with this assumption.

Time is running out for councils. The broadband funding is ending soon and the deadlines for proposals have to be in at the end of February.

“'Local politicians are waking up to the opportunities that broadband offers, and recognise the downsides of being left behind,' said Chris Head, author of the briefing. 'Now is the time for Socitm members to add their skills to help accelerate progress.'
However, Head warns that the BDUK funding is not enough, and that for councils to raise matched funding, as they are required to do, is a 'big ask' at a time when they are struggling to fund core services.
He also warns that the government's plans will lead to a two-speed Britain by 2015, as commercially supplied city dwellers will by then be benefiting from broadband speeds of up to 200Mbps. At the same time, 10% of the UK will still be without a wired connection.”
[for more on this article click here]
Councils need to be made aware of the 10% of people without a wired connection. As this issue needs to be addressed. Some of course do not want an internet connection (and as they will not be reading this then I can say, HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT INTERNET?!)

But of course there are people who would like to have one that is affordable and will work consistently.
Many small businesses rely on an internet access, and those in rural communities cannot benefit from the Internet for their business meaning their messages will always only reach a small audience.

Our solution is to give a satellite internet connection to these people. We would like the council to listen to us as we provide a professional, effective and affordable solution to the 10% of people without a connection.

Of course your BT line will be cheaper so if you have access to that then it is probably your best option. But will your signal be as strong? (will be discussed on the blog next week)

So if you are reading this have a look at our website. Give us an e-mail or a phone call, we can discuss all matters and benefits with you further.

Do not be fooled by other satellite internet companies either offering a fast service for cheap. Your signal could be lower than expected and you could be hit with hidden costs!

On a final note:

We will be contacting councils ourselves, but in order for them to notice us and know that our solution is right we need people to get in contact saying they want an internet connection. If BT cannot provide you one it is the council’s job to find an alternative solution which actually works.

Thank you for reading today. Share with your friends to raise awareness J

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Friday, 20 January 2012

A word from VoIPtig

The traditional phone line is becoming a thing of the past within the business environment. This is mainly due to the growing number firms who are switching to voice over internet protocol (or as we all like to shorten it to, VoIP)

Why is this the case?

International phone calls are a pricey affair, businesses who deal with customers or other businesses abroad found themselves racking up large phone bills due to this. What if you have offices in other countries? You are being charged a large sum of money to contact another employee. You could use e-mail but when a decision needs to be made or a deal to be done the more informative way would be through the phone (Unless you can take business trips, you lucky people!).

A survey conducted revelled that 75% of all international communications are being hosted by VoIP solutions rather than the traditional phone line. Albeit Skype is of course a large quantity of these.
What is the future for VoIP?

Like a lot of technology these days VoIP will continue to rise in popularity and be generally accepted into the work place as the main communication source. I see VoIP ever increasing in demand and in the future there may be many VoIP operators which allow VoIP calls to me made between networks as such for FREE.
The price of the technology is going to fall, with ever emerging markets bringing lower costs and high demand to the service.

The use for a video call system will ever be prominent in business and at home with video conferencing on the rise (a formal way to do business without the flying), many businesses may switch in order to increase productivity and lower costs.

With 4G networks set to grow and internet connectivity in every ‘starbucks’ & ‘McDonalds’ I see that VoIP may even take over from mobile phone calls, meaning packages would rely on a data plan rather than calling minutes.

Anything is possible with VoIP technology and it will continue to grow. So remember the name and sign up to VoIPtig for free today J

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

What do we mean by 'EVERYWHERE'?

I’ve been trying my hardest to reach out to people who are suffering for slow internet connections on forums such as Think Broadband. Advising people about satellite internet and answering some simple questions for them.

After a recent post I made, I had feedback from an anonymous source stating that Satellite internet cannot be everywhere that is impossible?

His argument came down to the fact that planning permission and tree cover/line of sight could not make satellite internet possible everywhere.

So here is a calcification of what we mean by everywhere.

It is known the basics needed for our satellite internet are a power supply, even been asked this week if a solar panel would be able to power our satellite. There answer after a little bit of research is the actual dish only uses 1Watt. The computer you would be running uses more dependent on what surfing you are doing (just incase you were thinking of switching to a greener future).
You will also need a place to put this dish, preferably on land which you own/rent. The ideal situation would be living in the middle of a flat field. As this would provide the line of sight needed (in our case 33 degrees West). The satellite would be placed much like your TV satellite provider on the side of the house and will be in perfect order in no time.

But not all situations can be like this which is the point where the term ‘everywhere’ got into a dispute. If you live in a forest of 30ft tall trees surrounding your house, you may not be able to receive a signal. But with the necessary equipment, I.e. extra cabling then you are bound to find somewhere for the satellite to go to receive signal (the cabling can reach over 30m if needed) .

Line of sight is also very important. As pointed out before we need to see the sky as the satellite points 33 degrees west. If you however live in the deepest valley of West Wales. Where sunlight hits for only 2 hours a day, then firstly congratulations for putting up with that. Secondly there will always be solutions. We are not restricted by cable length; we can go where no other Broadband technology can reach. Mobile 4G networks are being praised as the future for rural broadband. But in places where they cannot receive signals for making phone calls, I highly doubt they will receive a 4G connection, 3G at the most which is considered slow on the internet.

So the term ‘everywhere’ may seem exaggerated but with the necessary planning, and with our highly qualified team at HySpeed broadband we can provide a service pretty much everywhere across the UK.  

Also if you do live in a Welsh Valley please do get in contact. We are working with the Welsh government broadband scheme this means you could be entitled to getting all installation and equipment paid for! That’s £500 you will be saving, this grant is running out quickly so get in contact asap.

Thank you for taking time to read though this, your comments are always welcome/ desired/ I feel lonely without them.  Have a great day.

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

2012 The Year of Satellite Internet?

Hello all,

The holiday season is over and no snow settled in my part of the World. 2012 is not firmly upon us and twitter seems to be counting down every day of the 366 days this year. But what can we expect from satellite internet in 2012?

An ever changing, competitive market, satellite internet can be little known about to those city folk, smug with their 20Mbps download speeds. But 1.6million UK residents cannot receive a broadband signal. Their choices could be either a mobile connection, using the 3G or the ever so hesitant to emerge 4G, or a satellite system.

Many sceptics of satellite internet on first hearing will say it’s overpriced. But these people must not have been following the progress of the satellite broadband systems. When it was a fairly new technology, admittedly it was a pricey piece of kit. Subject to the big businesses and the rich who could not possibly deal with dial-up any more. Lately prices have dropped; new technology has come to the forefront with smaller satellite dishes which give more power bridging the gap between rural broadband connections.

In 2012 we will see the launch of Avanti’s Hylas 2 satellite; this will bring the newest satellite technology to the Middle East and Africa bringing up to 10Mbps of speed to businesses and homes. We are the largest reseller of this in Iraq, so get in contact for more information.

2012 for HySpeed Broadband, this year will consist of continuing our hard work and dedication to get Rural England up to speed and help out small rural businesses thrive and grow through using the internet we provide.

We have plans to do a tour in 2012 around the hardest hit areas of the UK. For your time we would of course provide light refreshments. 

We are focussed on helping out customers, existing as well as new, so for our best deals ring us directly. We believe in advising works the best, so all our solutions can be customised for specific needs.
HySpeed broadband hopes that 2012 can be a good year for all. We wish everyone all the best and hope to speak to a few of you soon.

Thank you for reading this blog post keep checking back for new posts throughout the weeks of 2012.

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