Local Advisors Can Help Small Businesses Make The Most Of High Speed Broadband Services

With standard ADSL, using applications remotely or running voice lines over the Internet frankly, had limited appeal. Now that BT is rolling out 21CN and fibre to most major cities and towns, using hosted voice and software-as-a-service (SaaS) options has finally become a realistic option. There are plenty to choose from and they can save you a lot of money. But finding and choosing the right service for your business may not be easy.

Members of the nationwide fixItlocal network are now gearing up to help small businesses understand how cloud-based services work and how they can use them to reduce costs and improve business flexibility.

Thanks to BT’s 21CN roll-out, most small firms in large towns and cities can now get broadband services that offer speeds of up to 20Mbps. In some places, FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) services mean you can get as much as 40Mbps download speeds – for no or only a very small additional cost.

For small firms, that presents a massive opportunity to save money – by using hosted software and voice services, says John Carter, Director of the fixItlocal network. “At these speeds you should have no problem running hosted apps and services and with the low rental and subscription costs on offer, this is an option you must look at. Using software on a rented or pay-as-you-go basis means you don’t have to spend money up-front to buy the package or license. It means that all security patches and upgrades are taken care of – and there is nothing extra to pay either. It also means that you don’t have to worry about software being pirated or copied – and or whether you are conforming to the license terms. Data can be stored remotely so users can access it at any time – and it will be backed up automatically. Imagine the disk space and time you’ll save just from that alone."

You can rent Microsoft Office and a whole range of other packages for project management, HR, CRM and other functions from Rentsoft – and you can get most of them on a seven-day free trial. All fixItlocal resellers can provide you with a demonstration of the service.

Using hosted VoIP services is also much easier with higher speed broadband, says Carter. “You can be sure that you’ll have the bandwidth to cope with several calls at once, that call quality always be good and that other broadband users won’t be slowed down. Hosted VoIP is more flexible, gives you better information and enables you to be more responsive and give better service to your customers.”

Members of the fixItlocal network can provide a range of VoIP service options. They can also arrange a free, no-obligations telecoms audit, so you can find out just how much you could save, before you make any kind of commitment. In most cases, it will be 30% or more.

The fixItlocal network is a nationwide collective of independent computer resellers and service provider. They offer fast, friendly service on a localised basis and provide effective, affordable IT solutions and services. Every member of the network has experience in advising on and providing computer installation, technical support, PC and network maintenance and servicing of computer and telecoms systems.

There are fixItlocal resellers all over the UK and you can find their nearest member by going to the website at www.fixitlocal.co.uk, and making use the post-code checker. Alternatively, they can dial 0844 844 0004 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0844 844 0004      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to be put through to their nearest local supplier. All members of the fixItlocal network are experienced, established providers of IT solutions that provide PC health checks, computer repairs and maintenance, IT support and a whole range of additional services to businesses in their local area. They can offer advice on PC networks and Apple Mac systems, on IT security and wireless networking, as well as the latest applications and technologies.

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