Is cheap broadband a false economy for your business?
Whether you are a small business or a larger company, many business owners choose broadband purely based on price. Normally this is a good thing as it saves on costs, but is it a false economy? What happens when you have a problem?
Broadband is cheap, often costing £1 or less per day, and in normal situations that is absolutely fine. However, its when things go wrong that you need to consider your options. Contrary to popular belief, standard broadband delivered through a copper telephone line can, and does, go wrong from time to time. Being based on a copper telephone line means that any issue with that underlying copper line, will result in a poor or unusable broadband connection. Many people do not realise that standard broadband comes with NO GUARANTEES whatsoever, so Openreach who maintain the UK copper telephone network are under no obligation to fix any problems within a specified amount of time.
Could you afford to be without your internet connection for a day, or longer?
Lets do the maths:
Say you are a business turning over £200,000 per year. Minus weekends and bank holidays there’s 253 working days per year, so that’s an average turnover of £790.52 per day.
You decide to connect your business using a broadband connection for £30 per month, because the dedicated leased line option at £300 per month seems too expensive. The broadband line is less of an overhead on your business, but it comes with no guarantee of service, or service level agreement if it goes faulty.
So if your broadband was down for a day, and you rely on an internet connection to make your sales, then your business could potentially lose £790.52 each and every day.
Your £30 broadband with no guarantees of uptime or service level agreement, seems like a false economy, as you may have saved some money on your internet connection with your overheads, but potentially losing £790.52 or more from your sales figures when it goes down,
Now, lets consider a dedicated leased line connection. This is a fibre optic cable delivered directly into your premises, but as its not based on a copper line, its much more reliable, as well as capable of delivering faster speeds. A dedicated leased line comes with a 99.9% uptime and 4-hour service level agreement, meaning that faults are fixed the same day. The longest you are likely to be offline for any reason is therefore 4 hours, meaning the maximum loss to your business is £395.26 (based on an 8-hour day). A typical monthly cost of a leased line is around £300 per month, making it ten times more expensive than broadband, but the potential losses are massively reduced.
Is it worth the risk?
Based on our estimates above, the potential risk to your business using broadband would be £790.52 for every day of downtime, but on a leased line it would be £395.26 as a maximum, as there is a guaranteed fix time. When you look at it in terms of potential lost revenue, then it seems pretty straightforward that a leased line is actually the better choice.
Want to know more?
If you want to know more information on how a leased line is better for your business, then contact us or call 0161 711 1100
Last month, we announced our partnership with Faster Britain. Powered by ITS, the initiative aims to provide ultra-fast internet to businesses. But what does it mean for you? And how will you benefit?
Until now, businesses across the UK have had to choose between affordability and quality when it comes to their connections. But not anymore. Faster Britain is repurposing existing infrastructure so that businesses are able to utilise more advanced technology at a fraction of the cost. Here, we explain more…
What Faster Britain do
Faster Britain is designing, building and operating ultrafast networks that are driven by genuine business requirements. How? By leveraging their existing infrastructure across the UK to expand connectivity, with the support of local authorities and partners. This reduces set-up time, meaning connectivity can be installed in a matter of weeks.
From your perspective, this means that instead of paying to be connected to a new network, you’re now being paired to infrastructure that already exists. This reduces the cost when it comes to adopting new technologies and also allows Faster Britain to level up parts of the country, quicker.
What we do
Our role is to provide leased lines. Where before these handy, dedicated connections were reserved for only the wealthy or large-scale organisations, now all businesses local to Faster Britain infrastructure can enjoy guaranteed uptime and high-speed connectivity.
As suppliers of leased lines, partnering with Faster Britain, we can offer our solution for less. As one of the most cost-effective suppliers of leased lines in the UK, this makes our services especially affordable. Plus, we also include a 99.99% uptime guarantee, 4-hour repair and 24/7 support as part of our offering.
What leased lines do
Where standard internet speeds slow your productivity down, leased lines give you a competitive advantage by ensuring continuity and offering scalable speeds of up to 1 Gb/s. In other words, with a dedicated line, you’ll have a direct fibre optic connection to the premises.
What’s more, with symmetrical upload and download speeds, you also get a choice between shared bandwidth or fully uncontended connection. This is the ultimate internet connectivity, and thanks to Faster Britain, it can be yours for less.
How you can apply
Faster Britain is still in the process of rolling out areas, however Tameside is one such location set to benefit from their infrastructure. So if your business is local to Tameside and you’d like to find out more about dedicated leased lines or our partnership with Faster Britain, please get in touch.
If you’ve got any other questions about our services or want some advice on business connectivity, don’t hesitate to get in touch on email@example.com.
Technology and connectivity has transformed the construction industry allowing organisations to optimise their resources and improve delivery time.
What’s more, it’s these advancements that have helped sites to adapt to the ‘new normal’ over the last few months.
In this blog, we explore the three best solutions to site management post-lockdown. If you haven’t yet adopted them, you’ll soon see why you should…
Task management and scheduling software
On a construction site, there are a number of projects taking place at any one time. In order for site managers to assess each, they typically have to get at the coalface of every project and make a note of the progress made.
Already painstakingly long, this requires a member of your construction workforce to mix between multiple groups – and there’s a risk that social distancing rules may be broken. However, with task management software that all changes.
Instead of manually updating each team, and then the stakeholders, your teams can report their progress online. Site managers can update their schedules and investors can benefit from regular updates on the development lifecycle.
Improved site surveillance
Of course, this doesn’t solve the problem of how to monitor the behaviour of your teams. In fact, one of the benefits of having a site manager is that they can report back on whether or not your staff are complying with health and safety, and social distancing rules.
However, it’s likely that you already have a solution available… Your CCTV set-up can be used to run your operation from the back office. Not only will it help you enforce social distancing, but having prominent surveillance protects you from any unwarranted claims or health and safety breaches.
Construction sites can be dangerous places, and you are liable for those who work on the premises – and members of the public who come too close. CCTV allows you to monitor all elements of your site and leaves you with undisputed evidence of your attempts to protect all parties, should you need it.
eSIMS to keep you connected
Unfortunately, while you are managing your site you might struggle to stay connected to each team. Broadband can take some time to set up, and WiFi hotspots might not necessarily reach across the development.
Luckily for you, eSIMS are perfect for finding connections when there are seemingly none. They allow any mobile device to connect with any provider in the UK or abroad. You won’t need to decide which provider to use either, the product will always connect to the carrier with the strongest signal.
This will ensure those using task management software on their mobile devices will always be able to update you and continue to report back their progress. Likewise, it allows you to check your surveillance tech from wherever you are, as opposed to being stuck in a fixed location.
Where we come in
At Nxcoms, we’ve been driving construction teams forward for years. We understand the stumbling blocks that have prevented the industry from adopting software and have created solutions to overcome them.
But we don’t just provide eSIMS. We’re also able to install a direct broadband connection and can even protect it via a private APN. Sound good? Speak to a member of the team today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0161 711 1100.
For their third anniversary, Nxcoms are paying for all their clients to stay at a hotel of their choice in a number of European hotspots.
Connectivity experts Nxcoms are turning three. But rather than pat themselves on the back, they’re rewarding all their customers with an opportunity to get away.
Having spent lockdown supporting their clients with new working from home arrangements – or working from anywhere for that matter – they’re confident that the pick me up we all need is a little wanderlust.
The scheme will include all clients of Nxcoms with no exceptions and allows the client – or a representative of – to stay in a range of 3/4 star hotels around Europe.
Of course, the business understands that not everyone is ready to fly right now. So to offer a little peace of mind, their vouchers last up to 24 months and can be used at any time throughout the year.
Andy Thompson, Managing Director of Nxcoms, said “This year we wanted to do something special for our clients, and whilst we understand many people really want a holiday, they probably feel that due to Covid-19 now isn’t the right time to travel. So, we have arranged for free hotel accommodation at several popular European destinations that can be used at any time in the next 2 years. All our existing clients are eligible, and any new clients that join us in 2020 would also be eligible for the holiday offer too!”
For customers looking to upgrade their room to all inclusive, they can do so for a reduced fee. The hotel’s amenities however, are yours to use as you would on any other vacation.
Want to know more? Discover the company behind this offer by visiting nxcoms.co.uk/holiday or emailing email@example.com.
I don’t know about you, after all of the recent doom and gloom, we could use a holiday right now. It’s also our third birthday this month and we’d like to celebrate in style.
But, we don’t want to pat ourselves on the back or any of that nonsense. Instead, we want to give you something that 2020 has taken away from us. And that something is a free getaway.
That’s right, we’re paying for all our clients to go abroad at any time in the next 2 years. And, you even get to choose the destination from a list of European hotspots. Here’s how it works…
Clients of Nxcoms, pack your bags
Provided you’re a client of ours, we’ll pay for you to stay at 3 or 4-star accommodation across Europe. From Barcelona to Istanbul, the choice is yours. Once you’ve selected a destination, you’ll be presented with a list of luxury hotels each equipped to make your stay special.
Our offer covers the standard packages, excluding local taxes, flights and transfers, but if you do fancy upgrading rooms or adding a few extra days for a reduced cost, feel free to treat yourself during the booking process.
Once you arrive, simply say your name and it’s as if you booked through traditional methods. Only this time it’s on us.
What’s the catch?
We know. You’re probably thinking there’s got to be something in the small print. But, there’s not. It really is this simple. We’ll give you an activation code which you then use to register. There is a small fee to pay to cover the local taxes in the country you are going to, and then you have 24 months to book your holiday. You’ll be presented with a range of hotels, all located in the area of your choice and with a range of amenities.
How can we do this? Well, most hotels and resorts have at least one vacancy at any one time. So, to make the most of their rooms, they work with companies like us to refer guests. They get tourism, and you get a holiday. It’s a win-win!
You’re also free to take another adult and up to two children under the age of 12. So spread the wanderlust by inviting a loved one or treating a close friend. Better yet, upgrade your room and take the whole family.
Oh, and don’t worry if you don’t fancy traveling just yet as you’ve got up to two years to decide on your holiday dates.
Sign me up
If you’re interested in the offer and are an Nxcoms client, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be able to answer any questions you might have too. A full list of terms and conditions can be found here.
Not yet a client of Nxcoms? You can still hitch a ride on the holiday express. All you need to do is speak to a member of the team about our services on 0161 711 1100.
As always, remember that we’re here to keep you connected – whether that’s with the latest voice technology or by enhancing your broadband services. If you’d like to find out more about what we offer, get in touch today.
Demand for internet access on sites has been steadily rising for years. Before, only a handful of site managers would be equipped with some level of connectivity. Now, as programmes become more demanding and site employees require more information and collaboration, connectivity is vital.
Everything from office equipment to cameras and 3D mapping devices need to move freely around your site. By limiting their connectivity, your team works less effectively and you risk not being compliant with current security standards.
So, to help you get to grips with it, we’ve provided a complete guide to connectivity and its role on modern construction sites.
Keep teams connected
If you’re in charge of operations for a construction site, you need to be able to check in with various projects – occasionally across multiple locations – to ensure that work is being carried out on time and within budget. Architects, contractors and clients all require updates and information too. And you may need to provide immediate access to plans and surveys. If not, everything could grind to a halt.
The same is true of technical and health and safety information. If your site workers can’t read relevant documentation, you’re acting unethically. And if they make a claim, on your head be it. There’s also the issue of supplier management, geolocation and workflow…
Trouble is, construction sites are still at the mercy of carriers and infrastructure providers. Which means whenever there’s downtime, client relationships suffer, on-site safety is threatened and so is the success of the project. Only by realising the true value of connection, and the role it plays in the smooth exchange of information on-site, will you realistically address all of the above challenges.
Ensure systems are secure
Even if communication between teams isn’t your number one priority, it’s likely that site security is. CCTV alone requires a stable connection in order to keep your site under constant surveillance. But it isn’t just your standard CCTV that you’ll need. In fact, there’s two forms of security most sites offer – physical and operational.
Operational is the human-enforced measures of protection, for example having guards on-site 24/7. Physical security though, which includes intruder detection and access control systems, requires a stable internet connection in order to truly protect the site. Which in most cases, is a stakeholder requirement.
Speaking of protecting the site, only by investing in construction connectivity can you safely support risk assessment and hazard identification technologies. This ensures that firstly, you’re not at risk of a claim and secondly, you’re protecting your assets from damage. How? By enhancing your processes so that you can run more comprehensive security measures.
Enjoy cloud-based software
Virtual desktops and cloud computing allow for more than quality connection however. They enhance your facilities so that you’re able evolve your site development into something more dynamic. Where before, a site manager may be shackled to their desk in order to monitor progress. Now, they’re able to update schedules, perform time entry and generate reports from the field with their mobile devices.
Whether you’re in need of a project management solution or an ERP system that can help you to better manage your resources, only by embracing cloud technology are you able to utilise them. Of course, with cloud relying on a stable internet connection, there’s no use shopping for software unless you’re confident you’ll remain fully connected while on-site.
Likewise, tethering your smartphone to these devices won’t be enough to sustain your team, rendering a project management tool useless. Instead you need a solution that isn’t hampered by data restrictions, network coverage and the inability to transfer data internally. Plus it will need to be protected from on-site activity, while flexible enough (in terms of its contract) to marry up to your project time constraints.
Often site managers will be forced to travel around overseeing various locations – some with very poor connection. This is where eSIMs come in. eSIMs allow any mobile data device to connect to any provider in the UK or abroad. So, whether you don’t know who the best provider is for the area you’re in or simply move around a lot, our eSIM product will always connect to the carrier with the strongest signal – no matter where you are.
How Nxcoms can help
In need of a better connection but don’t know where to start? Give us a shout. At Nxcoms, we understand that in order for you to deliver a project to the timeframe outlined and meet the demands of your clients, you need access to reliable internet speeds with increased bandwidth potential. And we have just the thing…
In fact, as experts in connectivity, our team have supported construction leaders with exactly that. Not only are we able to recommend solutions which are tailored to your project, but also your sector. So, whether you’re hoping to get a direct broadband connection established or looking to protect it with a private APN, we’ve got you covered.
If you’d be interested in learning more about connectivity options for construction sites, get in touch with us on email@example.com or by calling 0161 711 1100.