0345 125 5400


Here is the News...

Ofcom Confirms New BT Rules

Regulator Ofcom has confirmed news rules for BT after it emerged recently that it was taking the BT infrastructure wing 48 days on average to install business lines. Ofcom has warned BT it needs to shape up and improve install times, cut wholesale prices and allow rivals to access the company’s dark fibre network. Openreach must also complete 80% of leased line orders by the date it promises customers by the end of March 2017, rising to 90% a year later.

European Union blocks Three/O2 merger

The European Union's decision to block the acquisition of O2 by Hutchison under the EU Merger Regulation has been welcomed by industry bodies ITSPA and the Federation of Communication Services (FCS)

Broadband Voucher Scheme

40,000 UK businesses have their broadband boosted Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey urges businesses to apply for £3000 broadband grants before it’s too late More than 40,000 small and medium businesses (SMEs) across the UK have now benefited from the Government’s Broadband Connection voucher scheme details here, latest figures published today show. The scheme, which helps SMEs get connected to superfast broadband has seen a huge surge in demand in recent months, but time is running out for businesses to take advantage of the initiative.

The Government made £40m available in 2015/16 for the scheme, and the vouchers are being issued on a “first come, first served” basis. Funds have not been ring fenced for individual cities, and with more than 1000 applications now being received each week, Government is encouraging all eligible businesses to apply before the available funds are exhausted.

The scheme allows businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband. So far, more than 40,000 businesses in the 50 cities across the UK participating in the scheme have had grants approved. The scheme has helped a huge variety of businesses to date, including architects, estate agents, mechanics, events coordinators cafes, graphic designers and caterers.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:

“Our offer to small businesses has been a tremendous success and is proving incredibly popular. More than 40,000 UK businesses have already taken up our offer which is aimed at boosting both their broadband speeds as well as their bottom line. Businesses need to act now to ensure they don’t miss out on this fantastic offer and I’m urging all eligible businesses to apply now before it’s too late.”

The grant, in the form of a voucher, is part of the government’s transformation of the UK’s digital landscape, helping cities to create and attract new jobs and investment, and making the UK the best place in the world to do business.

Vouchers issued as at 25 August 2015:

•   Scotland - 2087

•   Wales - 2042

•   Northern Ireland - 1867

•   North West - 6344

•   North East - 1291

•   Yorks and Humber - 5734

•   Midlands - 5179

•   London - 11664

•   East of England - 1407

•   South East - 1592

•   South West – 1734

Benefits small businesses are seeing as a result of a faster connection include:

•   Growing and accessing new markets through better communication with customers and suppliers

•   Increasing security through fast secure back-up of data

•   Increasing productivity and improving customer service through faster upload and download speeds

Businesses can find out if they are eligible and get more details on the broadband connection voucher scheme at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk

#Equategroup #Equatephones #Equatebroadband

RSS News Feed