23/11
2021
Why is the size of a leased line bearer important?
Posted by Ian Temple-Edwards on 23/11 at 10:00 AM Data networks, Internet connectivity, IT services,
Why is the size of a leased line bearer important?

One of our most visited blogs in recent months has been Why the bearer size is important when it comes to leased lines, so we thought we would put the important information in an easy-to-digest format to explain why we quote our leased lines with the bandwidth they need on a bearer,...

19/11
2021
I still have my house…thanks to hackers!
Posted by Colin Woods on 19/11 at 10:00 AM IT services, Security,

It should be a simple sale. I am selling my house with vacant possession to my ex next-door neighbour’s daughter, who in turn is selling her house to a first-time buyer. Moreover, we are both using the same estate agent. So with the support of one of the nation’s largest estate agents...

16/11
2021
Is hospitality Wi-Fi still important in 2021?
Posted by Mat Hillman on 16/11 at 10:00 AM Hospitality, Internet connectivity, Wi-Fi,
Is hospitality Wi-Fi still important in 2021?

With unlimited mobile data packages making 3, 4 and 5G more affordable when away from home, is Wi-Fi for hotels, restaurants, campsites, etc. still necessary? It would appear so. Since the end of the October half-term, we have had several enquiries from hospitality businesses that...

12/11
2021
Looking after small businesses to help them work smarter
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 12/11 at 10:00 AM Cloud hosted telephone systems, Microsoft Teams, Cloud services, IT services, Microsoft 365, Remote working, Wi-Fi,

I often get asked by small businesses if they are too small to be of any interest to swcomms. My answer is always an emphatic “No”! In fact, small businesses can be extremely satisfying to work with. With a little bit of handholding, we can make a real difference to their business...

09/11
2021
Connect the Classroom update: Wi-Fi for schools
Posted by Daniel Fuller-Smith on 09/11 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity, Wi-Fi,

Back in July, we alerted schools to the funding available from the Department of Education (DfE) to upgrade their Wi-Fi solutions. Since then, we have been busy undertaking site surveys and installations to transform the connectivity provided in schools, with the application deadline...

05/11
2021
Hybrid handsets bridge the cabling gap to VoIP phone systems
Posted by Daniel Fuller-Smith on 05/11 at 10:00 AM Telephone systems, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise,
Hybrid handsets bridge the cabling gap to VoIP phone systems

While some telephony manufactures are accepting that customers are looking for softphone options to accommodate a blend of home and office working, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has flown the flag for desk phones with a new, eye-catching handset range.The new Enterprise desk phone...

02/11
2021
Ransomware is spiralling out of control - how can you protect your business?
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 02/11 at 10:00 AM IT services, Security,
Ransomware is spiralling out of control - how can you protect your business?

Industry experts agree that ransomware is more a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ and yet many businesses have not taken steps to protect themselves from this growing threat that can cripple finances and reputations.The title of this blog is not meant to be alarmist. It is based on...

29/10
2021
More exchanges to reach stop-sell status as announced by Openreach
Posted by Caroline Moore on 29/10 at 10:00 AM Internet connectivity, Telephone lines, Telephone systems,
Fibre internet cables

Openreach has given notice that 79 more exchanges will reach stop-sell status by this time next year. This means that outdated services, such as PSTN and ISDN phone lines, and ADSL and FTTC internet connections will no longer be available for sale from November 1, 2022. Two years...

26/10
2021
Maintain business uptime with hosted disaster recovery
Posted by Ben Pinder on 26/10 at 10:00 AM Data centre, Disaster recovery,
Maintain business uptime with hosted disaster recovery

In days gone by, and still relevant for certain organisations today, businesses used to rely on a primary server infrastructure hosted on site at their offices or in a data centre with a secondary solution hosted at a different physical location. This gave them the disaster recovery...

22/10
2021
Winter funding available to GP surgeries to improve their phone systems
Posted by Yvonne Dennis on 22/10 at 10:00 AM Cloud hosted telephone systems, Healthcare,
Winter funding available to GP surgeries to improve their phone systems

In the wake of NHS England’s ‘Our plan for improving access for patients and supporting general practice’, released on October 14, there will be many GP surgeries and CCGs working towards a very tight deadline right now trying to bid for funding to help them deal with the challenges...

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