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Ofcom Says Super Fast Broadband Should Be A Priority

Telcoms regulator Ofcom is urging the British government to ensure there is a basic level of superfast broadband connectivity throughout the UK so consumers can benefit and businesses are not left behind.

The communications watchdog released a new report which found that parts of multiple cities across the country are lagging with certain areas not able to obtain superfast broadband because many operators prefer rolling out services in wealthier areas in order to maximise profits.

According to Ofcom a lot of attention has been give to the condition of rural broadband projects which face their own problems as a result of extreme location of many communities. However there is simply no good reason why urban areas do not have internet connectivity of at least 2 Mbps.

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VoIP Makes It Possible For New Law Governing Right To Flexible Working

The UK has implemented new laws governing employment which will allow all employees to request flexible working hours and will enable more people to work from home or other remote locations.

This right used to be exclusively for carers and those people who work with kids, however that privilege has been expanded to all workers which means that 20 million people in the UK now have this right which previously was not the case.

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UK Ranked 15 In Terms Of Internet Competitiveness

As broadband increasingly becomes ubiquitous the uptake of technology such as VoIP by both businesses and consumers is likely to accelerate in the coming years.

Akamai Technologies which provides cloud services recently released its State of the Internet report outlining the first quarter of 2014 and analyses various trends in internet adoption on a global and quarterly basis. The report showed that the adoption of broadband technology was on the rise in the UK though there is much more progress that still needs to be made.

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Governments And Charities Also Making Use Of IP communications

For many companies, video conferencing has become a mission critical business application.

The ability to cut costs whilst still obtaining the benefits of face to face interaction can be used by different organizations with a variety of aims. One example is the growing adoption of the technology by public bodies and charities.

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VoIP makes Flexible Working Possible

There is a growing chorus for employers at small and medium enterprises (SME’s) to offer flexible working options for their employees.

As of June 30th, an employee who has held a job for more than six months will have the option of asking for flexible working options from their employers. Employers will retain the option of refusing the request if they believe that granting such a request would be detrimental to their business, however most people agree in most cases that will not be a problem.

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VoIP Technology Is Mainstream

VoiP services for business have often been described as a commodity.

In the very recent past companies that used IP based communication in order to improve productivity whilst saving money were considered pioneers. That however does not seem to be the case anymore as VoIP is increasingly becoming more of a necessity.

According to Doug Mohney of HD Voice News, VoIP is so mainstream these days that firms are able to select their VoIP vendor based on traditional business practices such as the difference between reputation or price.

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Data Connection Established With The Moon

The amazing thing about VoIP communication is that so long as two people have access to a broadband internet connection, they can be linked and it does not matter where they are in the world or otherwise.

According to the latest research, human colonies on the moon or even on distant asteroids may be able to benefit from this communications solutions which would enable them to video conference back home.

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Video Conferencing Technology Gives Companies A Big Boost

Internet communications are enabling companies to break down traditional boardroom barriers like never before.

One example of this is taking place in the Indian pharmaceutical industry which has allowed an enterprise to simultaneously work on ideas both in the US and India.

Making use of video conferencing on a wide variety of devices ranging from laptops, desktops, tablets and phones, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories have made massive savings in travel expenses and also improved on customer service, decision making and time to market.

Video conferencing has evolved rather quickly in terms of who uses it, where it is used and how it is used as it increasingly makes its way into the mainstream giving users a greater level of comfort.

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Fibre Optic Connectivity Grows At A Torrid Pace In The UK

As more British business depend on high speed internet connectivity for their communications infrastructure to stay in touch with customers, the roll out of broadband is critical for future economic success.

Superfast broadband using fibre optic cables is seen as the best way to tackle this communication conundrum. Telecom major BT says it has now covered as much as two thirds of the United Kingdom beating its own target for rollout by as much as 18 months.

BT says it has already begun work to roll out super fast broadband connections to as many as 44 more areas that the company was awarded contracts for under the Broadband Delivery Scheme operated by the government.

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Half The World’s Population To Be Online By End Of The Year

As more and more people can be reached by next generation communication tools such as VoIP services offered by companies like Vonage, a new study has found that nearly half the world will be online by the end of 2014.

According to the ITU there will be approximately three billion internet users globally by the end of this year. Two thirds of those users are expected to be in the developing world which is expected to account for 55 per cent of mobile broadband subscriptions which is estimated to hit roughly 2.3 billion by 2015.

Europe has the highest internet penetration globally, with more than 75 per cent across the continent expected to be connected to the internet by the end of the year. The America’s was the second highest penetration rate with North and South America having two thirds of their population online by the end of 2014. The largest population of internet users however is in the Asia Pacific which boasts a 45 per cent penetration rate.

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