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Nxcoms joins LCR Connect

Nxcoms joins LCR Connect

Nxcoms is an approved partner of LCR Connect. That means we can offer you exclusive access to Liverpool City Region’s new 212km digital highway.

Spanning the six local authorities of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helen’s and Wirral, this new digital infrastructure is a local network. It’s 50% publicly-owned and built for local businesses.

 

Why LCR Connect for my business?

Choice: we’re an open access network, meaning you can access a range of business connectivity – from broadband to leased lines – allowing you to access and enhance IT and cloud services.

Uptime: because we’re a new network, we can switch you over, hassle free, with no downtime.

Speed: while some providers take months to install, we can have your business up and running on the network in days.

Bespoke: if one of the standard offerings doesn’t give you what you need, we can work with LCR Connect, with ‘commercial flexibility’ to work around your needs.

Personal: we’re in your region, so we know your patch (because it’s our patch too). We’re not your typical faceless, big corporation.

 

Why LCR Connect now?

As the UK looks to a copper switch off, and with more and more services becoming internet and cloud-based, the infrastructure that lies at the heart of business communications is being transformed.

Delivering Gigabit-capable speeds is becoming the norm, with ultrafast connectivity becomes a utility. The digital networks are enabling businesses of all sizes, allowing them to collaborate, support service and underpin the way we work and buy goods in the future.

 

 

What is LCR Connect?

LCR Connect is half-owned by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, in partnership with North West-based ITS Technology Group, who will lead the project, working alongside construction partner NGE, who are managing the build and roll-out of the network.

Experts estimate that with 100% full-fibre coverage across the City Region, building on this network, the economic boost could be worth up to £1bn, creating thousands of local job and training opportunities.

 

 

Want to know more?

Contact us on 0151 665 0880 or visit https://nxcoms.co.uk/lcrconnect

Are you ready for the great copper switch-off?

Are you ready for the great copper switch-off?

Prepare for change

In the coming months and years, changes are happening in the world of telecoms to replace telephone lines as we know and love them.

This doesn’t mean we’re saying ‘see you later’ to your landline, but it does mean that traditional copper- based phone lines and broadband services are slowly being phased out, with a target for the full switch-off and replacement by 2025. In their place will be brand new fibre-optic cables, and although the target for the switch and replacement is a few years away, the changes are actually happening right now as you read this article.

For the sake of your business, it’s important you know what the changes are, and how they might affect your operations.

 

Hold the phones

You might not be aware of it – and you might not even care, to be honest – but up until now, your business has very likely used some kind of copper telephone line service (ISDN or Analogue PSTN) to make and receive calls. You’ve also likely relied on a copper-based broadband service to keep your operations alive and kicking online via ADSL or FTTC (often known as fibre broadband or superfast broadband).

The problem is, the use of copper is not the most reliable way to transmit data. The longer the cable, the worse the signal, for a start. In addition, if the copper comes into contact with heat or damp (welcome to the unpredictable great British weather),the more it suffers the risk of damage.

Makes a little more sense why you’ve likely spent times in the office swearing at the inexplicability of your slow-moving internet now, doesn’t it?

 

Listen up

Back in 2015, Openreach (in conjunction with those lovely folk at Ofcom) drew up a roadmap to transform this copper-based communication infrastructure and replace it with ultra-reliable and ultra- fast fibre-optic cable. Good news indeed, because if there is anything you want and need your internet to be, it’s fast and reliable.

In line with switching to fibre, many businesses have already started making some changes.

If that’s you – brilliant. If it’s not you – read on.

 

Make the call

Those who have been aware of the changes (every organisation should have an IT geek on the team) have begun their adaptation by moving their phone lines and internet access to new lP (Internet Protocol) based services. Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone systems are now becoming the standard way to communicate. Changing to a VoIP system will, as standard, increase the capability for your staff to work remotely and make and receive calls just as if they were in the office. Great news if there’s another lockdown (every cloud…).

If you make one call to better your business today, let it be to a provider who can set you up and start you off with VoIP. This is especially the case if you know that your phone line is more than 10 years old, just for info!

 

And what of the Internet?

Recently, Ofcom announced that 13.5 million homes and business premises (which has been the same thing for many of us since 2020) are now enabled for full fibre-optic broadband. But how do you know you’re ready to make this change right now? Most likely it will be because you have download speeds of 80Mbs or less. If you’re not sure this is the case, think about how long ago it was that you swore at your laptop.

The speed of download on offer with full fibre-optic cable can be up to 1Gbs – more than 10 times that of the old copper-based broadband services. More speed – more efficiency in your business.

Come away from the copper, people – and remember that it’s not just about your phones and computers. This stuff affects things like your card processing terminals, too. Why run the risk of losing out on somebody trying to pay you?

 

But seriously…

At nxcoms, we’re known for our approachability, and so we’ll often joke about the issues faced by businesses when it comes to their communications, but we’re professionals, too, so it’s only right that we give you the information you need. In this instance, if you’re sitting there and thinking you’ll make any required changes at some point in 2025 when you absolutely need to, please do think seriously about the reliability of additional services you may have, such a BT Redcare line for an alarm system or fire panel, or an emergency phone line that you may have installed somewhere such as in a lift.

An emergency really isn’t the time when you want to be finding out that your most fundamental of communication systems is not just ineffective, but a potential hazard, too.

 

What you need to do now

Much as we’d love to tell to sit back and relax whilst this all happens around you, that wouldn’t be the great advice we’ve come to be known for. If you haven’t already done so, put a plan in place to upgrade your phone system to VoIP. Worried about a disruption in service and the likelihood of losing your landline number in the process? Don’t be.

Good suppliers have been sorting this out for businesses for months and even years, now. Both service and existing numbers can be seamlessly transferred over for you.

The to do list doesn’t stop there. Next, check with your provider what kind of broadband line you currently have and ask whether an analogue PSTN line is required to run the service.

If this is the case, then it’s time to start thinking about a move to a full fibre-optic solution.

 

Wondering who to call when you need all of this sorting?

There’s a reason we wrote this article for you. Pick up the phone (if it works) and give us a call on 0161 711 1100 or email fibre@nxcoms.co.uk

Working Together to bring Full Fibre Internet Connections into your premises

Working Together to bring Full Fibre Internet Connections into your premises

 

Nxcoms and Faster Britain Are Working Together to bring Full Fibre Internet Connections into your business premises, for a much more reliable and faster broadband service.

Back in October 2020, we announced our partnership with the Faster Britain programme, to provide ultra-fast, reliable and low cost leased line solutions to businesses in Tameside, Glossop, Blackpool and Lytham St Annes.

Now, Faster Britain is working to bring full fibre connections into customers’ premises much quicker than traditional providers, and in many more areas of the UK.

In this blog article, we’ll give you a brief overview of this new partnership between our team and Faster Britain.

 

Nxcoms and Faster Britain’s partnership

 

Faster Britain gives access to full fibre ultrafast connectivity, supporting cloud-enabled and future proof technologies.

Faster Britain was recently awarded the joint venture contract in Liverpool city region to build and manage the 212km roll out of a full fibre, gigabit-capable network of digital infrastructure. This project will provide access to fast connectivity that will help grow some of the region’s key growth sectors. It will also drive Liverpool city region to become one of the most digitally connected areas in the UK.

 

Areas currently served by the Faster Britain service include:

  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Tameside
  • Stockport
  • Chester
  • Blackpool
  • Chorley
  • Blackburn
  • Accrington
  • Burnley
  • Glossop
  • Burton on Trent
  • Newark
  • Lincoln
  • Scunthorpe
  • Preston
  • Lytham
  • Wigan
  • Wilmslow
  • Trafford
  • Birmingham
  • Camden
  • Lewisham
  • Mayfair
  • Islington
  • Enfield

 

 

How does it work?

 

In its initial phase, Faster Britain will create a resilient fibre backhaul network. With this network, they will be connecting three transatlantic cables and major economic clusters in each of the Liverpool City Region’s six local authority areas.

Over the next two years, Faster Britain will go on to install the digital infrastructure in carriageways, footpaths and cycleways with minimised disruption to road and public transport users.

Nxcoms provides the service to you business and helps get your business connect with the very latest voice and data technology. Working with Faster Britain means we can bring full fibre connectivity to your premises much quicker than other providers. Typical installation times are 20 days rather than the industry standard 90 days. To learn more about our telecommunications services, get in touch with our team.

 

Key Takeaways

 

  • Nxcoms and Faster Britain are working together again to bring fibre connections into customers’ premises much quicker than traditional providers in many areas of the UK.
  • This project will provide access to fast connectivity that will help grow some of the region’s key growth sectors.
  • Businesses can connect to the Faster Britain full fibre network within days rather than months.

 

The Demand for Digital Services and Reliable Internet Connections

The Demand for Digital Services and Reliable Internet Connections

We have the world at our fingertips with our digital devices. With this kind of accessibility, shouldn’t a reliable internet connection be accessible, too?

There’s an increasing demand for digital services and a reliable internet connection to power those digital services, especially for companies that have a hybrid workforce.

Digital infrastructure provider Faster Britain is here to meet these demands. In this blog article, we’ll provide you with what you need to know about fibre connectivity, the demand for reliable internet connection, and how Faster Britain is working to solve this issue.

 

Why businesses need fibre connectivity

 

Remember the struggles of having to be in the office in order to stay connected to your team or your customers? With fibre connectivity, that is no longer the case. With fibre, you can stay connected wherever you are with nearly every business function taking place online.

If your company has yet to make the switch to fibre-optic internet access, now is the best time – especially since we are shifting to a hybrid workforce.

With fibre-optic internet access, each office or location receives its own private connection line rather than having a shared connection. This way, bandwidth is always available and dedicated only to that office or location. This is key to protecting companies because any outage could negatively affect their business.

 

The demand for reliable internet connection

 

We are able to complete almost any job or task with the help of digital services. With the demand for digital services comes the increasing demand for reliable internet connections.

When completing a task, you shouldn’t have to worry about the connectivity of your internet, the speed, or if you will be able to sit through a Zoom meeting without dealing with a frozen screen when it’s your turn to speak.

Thanks to a hybrid workforce, companies and their employees are now able to work from almost anywhere, as long as they have a reliable internet connection.

Faster Britain is working to ensure this is the case.

 

How Faster Britain is meeting this demand

 

Faster Britain has been awarded the contract to bring a full fibre, gigabit-capable network of digital infrastructure to Liverpool, providing access to fast connectivity that will help grow some of the region’s key growth sectors.

The project, which will take place over the next two years, supports the national targets to deliver gigabit-capable speeds and reliable broadband across the UK by 2033.

When you are looking to get your business connected to fibre-optic internet access with no fuss, choose Nxcoms to help your business connect and communicate better. Get in touch with our dedicated and friendly team to learn more about how we can assist you.

 

Key Takeaways:

 

  • There’s an increasing demand for digital services and a reliable internet connection, especially for companies that have a hybrid workforce.
  • With fibre-optic internet access, each office or location receives its own private connection line rather than having a shared connection.
  • Faster Britain has been awarded the contract to bring a full fibre, gigabit-capable network of digital infrastructure to Liverpool.
How to Enable Flexible Working for Your Company

How to Enable Flexible Working for Your Company

More and more companies are adopting flexible work conditions, allowing for employees to work both at the office and remotely.

If your company is transitioning to flexible work, or considering the transition, there are some things you can do to make tasks more efficient no matter where the work is being completed.

 

What are the benefits of flexible working?

 

Flexible working gives employees the opportunity to either work in the office with their colleagues or work from anywhere. This in itself is a huge benefit, but there are other benefits as well.

According to the Gartner 2021 Digital Worker Experience Survey, 43% of respondents report that having flexibility in working hours helped them achieve greater productivity. 30% said that less or no time spent commuting to work enabled them to be more productive. This is a win-win for both the employer and employee!

 

How can I make flexible work tasks more efficient?

 

When making the adjustment to allow your employees to choose their work environment, you should also take into account the technology to be used. Your employees will be depending on you for a reliable internet connection, telecommunications setup, and more.

Luckily, there are a few solutions you can implement to fulfill their work needs.

 

1. Dedicated fibre optic lines

When employees are switching between completing work tasks, logging onto yet another Zoom meeting (it seems those are here to stay), writing emails, working on documents, files, etc., they’ll need a high-speed, reliable internet connection.

Standard broadband just isn’t fast enough for these tasks.

With a broadband connection, you are using shared infrastructure to transmit data. One common challenge many employees face when working remotely is having to share bandwidth with others also working remotely in the household, delaying internet speed.

With a fibre optic leased line, the pipeline will only belong to your organisation and the travelling data will not compete with anyone else’s. The data will be able to get to its destination faster and more securely with a direct connection from home to your business premises.

 

2. Hosted phone system

If an employee chooses to work remotely for a day, they will most likely not want to lug their desk phone back and forth between locations — which is why a hosted phone system will greatly benefit your business.

A hosted VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) enables workers to use their office phone extension anywhere, either with a physical phone or via a mobile app. This way, your staff won’t be missing out on phone calls and they can also work smarter, faster and more productively.

 

3. Hosted desktop

Transporting a work computer to and from the office just isn’t efficient for your staff and can become quite annoying. Switching to a hosted desktop allows your team to run a Microsoft Windows PC in the cloud. They will be able to securely access the desktop via the internet from anywhere at any time.

 

 

Making the switch to flexible working conditions?

At Nxcoms, we want to make your technology transition as seamless as possible. Give us a call on 0161 711 1100 or email us at info@nxcoms.co.uk. Together, we can find the right tech solutions for your organisation.

 

 

Key takeaways:

 

  • With a fibre optic leased line, the pipeline will only belong to your organisation and the travelling data will not compete with anyone else’s.
  • A hosted VoIP system enables workers to use their office phone extension anywhere.
  • Switching to a hosted desktop allows your team to run a Microsoft Windows PC in the cloud.
Fibre Optic Leased Lines – How Do They Work?

Fibre Optic Leased Lines – How Do They Work?

No matter what industry you’re in or the size of your organisation, fast broadband speeds and reliability are a must. If your business struggles with guaranteed uptime and high-speed connectivity, then a dedicated fibre-optic line is the best choice for you and your organisation.

Not familiar with fibre optic lines? No problem!

In this blog article, you’ll learn exactly what fibre optic leased lines are, how they work, and why your business needs them. Let’s begin!

 

What are fibre optic leased lines?

 

Fibre optic leased lines are a dedicated, fixed-bandwidth data connection that is directly connected from your business premises to your internet service provider (ISP). Since the fibre optic line is leased, the connection is rented from the ISP, resulting in a service above and beyond what standard broadband connections can provide.

Designed for long-distance, high-performing data networking, fibre-optic cables are made up of strains of glass fibres only slightly thicker than a human hair inside an insulated casing. In comparison to wired cables, fibre-optic cables provide higher bandwidth and can transmit data over longer distances.

 

How do they work?

 

Fibre-optic lines work by sending pulses of light down a fibre optic cable. When sending data down a fibre-optic cable, the equipment on the other end determines whether the light is on or off. It will then recognise the data, record and store it.

Fibre optic connections are insanely fast with scalable speeds up to 10 gigabits per second. They can send data at the speed of light — literally!

 

Does my business need fibre optic lines?

 

We might be biased here, but our answer is yes!

Most businesses are familiar with broadband delivered via a copper telephone line, but far too often, this is slow, unreliable and can go offline without warning.

If you want uncontended connections with no bandwidth sharing, guaranteed performance at all times, symmetrical upload and download speeds, and an ultra-fast, ultra-reliable internet experience, your organisation should consider fibre optic leased lines.

In fact, more and more businesses are switching from broadband to a dedicated leased line.

The benefits of a dedicated leased line include:

  • Consistency and scalability
  • Cost-saving
  • Customer satisfaction

 

Additionally, if you have remote staff or require guaranteed connectivity, a leased line is your best option. Leased lines support remote working so that your data can be accessed securely at any time, day or night.

When searching for fibre optic leased lines in the UK, look no further than Nxcoms! Our experience and expertise in telecoms means we understand how critical the internet is to your business. Not only do we offer competitive pricing — amongst the lowest in the UK — but we also provide the Nxcoms service promise, meaning we offer the ultimate internet connectivity, backed up by our unrivaled expertise and a personal, hands-on approach.

We are confident in our service promise. If we don’t deliver what we promise, you won’t be charged for it!

If you want to ensure your business stays competitive with the quickest, most consistent and most reliable internet connection with fibre optic leased lines, then contact us by phone call, email, or even text!

 

 

Key takeaways:
  • Fibre optic leased lines are a dedicated, fixed-bandwidth data connection that is directly connected from your business premises to your internet service provider.
  • Fibre optic leased lines are insanely fast with scalable speeds up to 10 gigabits per second.
  • If your business struggles with guaranteed uptime and high-speed connectivity, then a dedicated fibre optic leased connection line is the best choice for you and your organisation.
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