Have you considered the business benefits of telecommunications?

How has Telecoms improved over time…

Everyday there are countless upgrades happening in the telecom industry, you can see a lot of change if you looked back from the start of the millennium, some of these have been connection upgrades, touch screen mobile phones and general improvements making them more efficient.

Every part of our lives has been somewhat affected by these improvements and there are many reasons to thank this industry. These are just a few, have you ever had a video phone call with a friend or family member… well the telecoms industry invented the technology behind that, when calling for a taxi… the telecom industry manufactures and provides the handsets and a call plan for the taxi company, surfacing the web for those shoes you always wanted… well the telecom industry provides the internet.

What types of communications are out there?

There are different ways a business can communicate with the outside world and internally with your employees. Currently there are countless different communication technology suited for every size of business, if you’re a small, medium or a large enterprise, then this industry can provide you the right communication tools.

Apart from telephone systems there are other communication such as…

  • Mobile phones
  • Hosted platforms
  • Unified communication and collaboration platforms
  • Video conferencing
  • Broadband services

The business benefits of telecoms…

Communications are key for any business to effectively connect you to the outside world. Without it, your business might not survive and provide amazing standards of service towards your customers. A key product that every business should have is a telephone and a single point contact number, with handsets you can customise it to your business needs by adding extras like a hosted platform which can divert phone calls from your main handset to a mobile phone through an app. It can give your employees the flexibility to work when unable to reach the office or away on location with just a simple login.

Internal communications are also important for every business, this enables employees to work together using unified communication platforms like Microsoft Teams, this gives the ability to send files, view calendars, attend conference meetings and chat groups.

How we can help…

As a telecom provider ourselves we know first-hand how important communications is and we can provide the necessary equipment relating to your telecom needs then please contact us on 0800 84 99984  or by email: Salesteam@direct-voiceanddata.com

 

 

 

 

Whats happening in 2025?

The government has set out plans to install Fibre fully across the UK by 2025. Bringing fast broadband to rural areas, cities, business and homes. This is part of the PSTN and ISDN switch off, happening in 2025. Open reach (maintainers of the telephone and internet cables) and Ofcom have both stated that they will be switching off all PSTN and ISDN lines from that year onwards.

What is Fibre?

Fibre is the wire that connects from your house/ business to the exchange and provides you with internet and calls. It can transfer up to 1 gigabit of information per second and it’s more reliable, cheaper to maintain and operate. Meaning that you could download a whole HD movie in less then 50 seconds. With higher internet speeds means less time waiting and more productivity.

What needs to be done?  

The Telecom industry wants to increase connectivity speeds and to do that, they need to install fibre connecting from the exchange to every house and business. Currently, nearly all telephone exchanges are connected with fibre, they just need to finish off the last 30 metres or so connecting the exchange to every house and business in towns and cities.   

This cannot be done without the support of the government. A lot of the industry experts are saying the same thing, they need help to acquire 30,000 more engineers to cope with the extra workload in such a short amount of time, having access to land easily with the help of local councils and having more incentive to install the technology through larger government schemes and subsidies.

Is it possible?

 

Yes, Chancellor Sajid Javid has put aside £5 billion to invest in rural areas to bring fibre broadband to the hard to reach places; but with only 7% of the whole country currently connected to fibre, there is a lot more work for the telecom industry to do in just over 5 years, Openreach are hitting their target of 80,000 houses per month. Experts agree that more needs to be done from the government, however, they are offering a Gigabit Voucher Scheme for small and rural business to help them move from copper to full-fibre, this is expected to help and provide private companies with an incentive to offer their customers, but is this really enough? The government needs to go into hyper mode before the fibre train can really start moving.

 

What’s the buzz around 5G?

 

What is 5G?

5G is an upgrade from 4G (5th generation of mobile networks), it refers to mobile network technology that enables 5G compatible phones to connect to the internet faster than ever before. It has been upgraded to meet the needs of a modern-day society that heavily relies on data and connectivity. 5G will eventually become its own standalone network and will not work in conjunction with 4G.

4G is giving a little helping hand at the moment before 5G ventures out on its own. This will result in faster connection speeds and greater capacity of transferable data. The technology will be greater in speed than 4G. 10MBps have been predicted for the minimum download speed of 5G, that’s more then 1000x faster than 4G and enabling the user to download a full HD film in under 10 seconds.

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When can you get your hands on it?

You already can, starting with cities pictured in the map below. 5G will have limited availability in those areas from three different networks (Vodafone, O2 and EE) and by the end of the year, a total of 20 more towns and cities will be added with many more to follow in 2020. But before 5G becomes seamless like 4G we have a few years to wait. Most experts have predicted it will take 3 – 5 years before it becomes easily accessible. But time moves fast and before you know it, it becomes old news.

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So, you’re probably reading this and thinking “why are we talking about this now, when it’s not available yet”. It’s how this technology is going to change our society and maybe even how we live that’s got everyone buzzed. One part of this technology is ultra-low-latency. Which is basically the time it takes for a machine to transfer a piece of information to another machine. For instance, self-driving cars can benefit because it’s a virtual piece of technology that allows self-driving cars to speak to one another. If the car in front brakes hard then that sends a signal warning the car behind to brake or take evasive action. Another benefit, this time for business owners is the quick response time when surfacing the internet, downloading documents or taking video or call chats through a hosted platform. Faster speeds mean less time waiting for the internet to buffer, documents to download and less lag/ down periods during lengthy calls.

This improved technology will dramatically change the world we live in, so get ready and excited about the possibility of 5G.

 

AN AFTERNOON IN THE CLOUD

On Tuesday 9th October 2018 Direct Voice & Data, Avaya and FirstNet Data Centres held their very first partnership networking event.

The event was designed to give you an insight into how Telecommunications and Data Management are pivotal in running a successful and compliant business and how cloud based solutions are essential for business continuity if internal systems are compromised by cyber threat.

The afternoon included a key taker from our partners FirstNet, who are leaders in their respective fields.  They gave an insightful look into what the cloud is, how the cloud can improve business efficiencies and how the cloud can keep your business safe.

The event closed with a Data Centre Tour and networking opportunities.

Direct Voice & Data and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Seminar held on Wednesday 21st February 2018

Direct Voice & Data teamed up with Alcatel-Lucent Enteprise and invited existing customers to a Seminar on how to add value to their business services with the latest and greatest in ALE’s free software add-ons, the event was held at St John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield.

Some of the benefits were:

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What is Ransomware?


Ransomware imageRansomware is a type of advanced malware attack that takes hold of a device, either locking the user out entirely or encrypting files so they cannot be used.  This type of attack can gain access to your device in a variety of ways.  Whether downloaded from a malicious or compromised website, delivered as an attachment from a phishing email or dropped by exploit kits onto vulnerable systems, once executed in the system ransomware will either lock the computer or encrypt predetermined files.  The attacker will then make themselves known with an “official” ransom demand, as well as thorough instructions and timelines on how to make a payment to either regain access to the device or to receive the decryption key for the captive files.

Don’t fall victim….Call our experts NOW on 0800 84 999 84 to find out how you can prevent your business from ransomware.

Simpson Wood have teamed up with Direct Voice & Data and MyCloud Media

 

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Direct Voice & Data were kindly invited by Simpson Wood to do a presentation at the Digital Enterprise Seminar held in the John Smith’s Suite at The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on 28th March 2017.

In what was a very popular event the audience were treated to 4 guest speakers:


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(From the left) Tim Bennett (myCloudMedia Ltd), Dave Henderson (Direct Voice & Data), Richard Brook (Leeds Enterprise Partnership) & Danny McAllister (Simpson Wood).

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Is Your Business At Risk from Network Threats?

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WatchGuard solutions put IT security pros back in charge of their networks with widely deployable, enterprise-grade security and threat visibility tools suitable for any business.

Direct Voice & Data have partnered with WatchGuard as it is the industry’s smartest, fastest and most effective network security product!

 

For more information see WatchGuard_Product_Matrix

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The perils of not developing new products 

Founded in 1884 by American inventor George Eastman, Kodak became one of the most recognised brands around the world. Not only did they launch new products such as the Brownie camera in 1900 but years later one of their cameras was taken into space for the Apollo 11 mission. Kodak were never afraid to be ground-breaking. They stayed ahead of the game by inventing and adopting new products combined with new ways of doing things.

They were the first company to develop digitally with a set of new products including the first working digital camera in 1975. The company did stay ahead of the times by developing new technology. When Apple launched one of their first consumer digital cameras in 1994, it was a Kodak product.

However, by 2004 Kodak started to stop selling film cameras in the face of increasingly popular digital alternatives. At this time, Kodak was the largest seller of digital cameras in the US.

By 2007 its market share had fallen to fourth place and by 2010 to seventh. In 2009, Kodak stopped selling 35mm colour film after 74 years of production.

However, the worst was yet to come. During 2011 Kodak shares fell by 80% as it struggled to maintain market share and it was hit with huge pension costs for retired workers. In news which was received with shock around the world, they filed for bankruptcy.

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Technology for Business Communications

Keeping up with technology for business communications

Keeping up with the latest business communications technology has never been more important in today’s fast paced world.  It is no doubt intentional that Apple release new products periodically, the latest iPhone 7 having just come out this month.  Staying relevant plus competitive in the market and being ahead of your competitors will enhance your company’s success.

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