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One step forward…

Last year we got involved in a project to bring high-speed broadband to a rural community in Hampshire as part of a number of trials to evaluate what technology could be used to serve a number of residents in a remote pocket of the country. Interestingly the villages of Little London and Smannell were a...

15 · JAN ·20130

Connectivity struggles with more than just speeds

Ok, so I live out in the country and I’m in the privileged position of getting almost 3Mb/s on my ADSL line at home. But is speed the only problem that rural communities (and councils) face? I’m not convinced, yes it takes me an age (relatively) to download updates and programs but I can equally go for a walk (or the...

6 · JAN ·20120

With technology moving so quickly, how possible is it to future proof yourself?

I remember when a 2Mb/s ADSL connection was called future proofing, but you need to remember a lot of businesses at that time were still using 64Kb/s ISDN lines. In the technical world there are so many aspects that change constantly and  put more pressure on IT Directors and Managers. From the speed of a computer (Moore’s Law), to internet bandwidth...

1 · JUL ·20110

Defining an SLA

In the business world, network redundancy has been high on the agenda post 9/11. We’re in an age where businesses are increasingly reliant upon technology to underpin their day to day operation; prolonged network failures are more costly than ever before. One common indicator of a connection’s reliability and resilience is the SLA, and in particular - the uptime guarantee. SLA’s...

10 · JUN ·20110

Playroom Mk2

Nearly exactly a year after we signed the lease for our new office, our new demo suite is now ready. I have spoken before about our old playroom in our previous office on Tooley Street and we wanted to replicate it when we moved office. We did nearly straight away but with the worst copper known to man coming into...

21 · APR ·20110

How fast is my service?

With Ofcom keen to set restrictions on advertised internet speeds, it is important to remember the difficulties in assessing the potential speed a user can get until the service has been installed. Back in the old days with fixed rate products, such as BT ADSL IPStream and SDSL,...

15 · SEP ·20100

It’s not all about headline speeds

I recently handled an enquiry with a prospect whose VC system was being let down by its underlying internet connection. The connection in place was a cheap Annex-M (O2) solution, the problem an unsatisfactory upstream data transfer rate that was fluctuating between 0.8 Mb/s and 1.3 Mb/s and accompanied by high jitter. His incumbent provider had informed him that with...

8 · FEB ·20100