Shared Rural Network boost for UK enterprises

08 March 2021

The first phase of the new Shared Rural Network (SRN) provided by O2, Three and Vodafone, could increase the turnover for rural businesses by £187.7m per annum in addition to providing more reliable connectivity, according to a new study commissioned by O2.

All three mobile operators are working to build and share 222 new 4G (mobile broadband) masts in order to help resolve partial not-spots, including 124 new sites in Scotland, 33 in Wales, 11 in Northern Ireland and 54 in England. Not-spots are usually areas where only one provider is available. The construction phase for these will begin this year, but it will take until 2024 before completion.

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Virgin Media Business teams up with Zscaler

08 March 2021

Virgin Media Business (VMB), the network and communications solutions provider, has boosted its cloud security offering with the addition of the Zscaler service portfolio.

Driven by the global Zero Trust Exchange Platform, Zscaler’s cloud-native platform provides an integrated cloud security service that sits between an enterprise’s users and corporate applications and networks.

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Ideal Networks to become ‘Trend Networks’

08 March 2021

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Ideal Networks, manufacturer of data cable, network, and CCTV test equipment, will be known as Trend Networks from March 31, 2021.

In re-branding to Trend Networks, with a new tagline “Depend on Us”, the company said aims to better reflect its vision, mission, goals, and position as a partner providing customers with innovation alongside dependable results, equipment, and support. The name change also consolidates the company’s identity following the acquisition from Ideal Industries more than two years ago by CBPE Capital alongside the incumbent management team.

“Trend Communications was a leading business with a strong reputation and a dedication to delivering industry-firsts," explains Paul Walsh, CEO for Ideal Networks. "Under the name Trend Networks, we share this same goal,” saidPaul Walsh, CEO for Ideal Networks. “However, it’s important for our customers and partners to know that our dedicated team remains unchanged, and that our products, such as LanTEK, are unaffected by the name change – you will still have access to our full range of industry-leading solutions.” 

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Bandwidth problems and downtime? There's a tester for that

09 February 2021

The tester in action

The tester in action

A growing need to measure the maximum bandwidth available on networks, identify bottlenecks, and then find ways to increase bandwidth presents network technicians with new challenges. One such challenge is working out which type of tester will enable them to overcome these issues, all while keeping costs under control. For network technicians and systems integrators in this situation, Dan Barrera, global product Manager for Ideal Networks has some advice.

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