Cloud-computing giants and phone companies have decided they need each other to drive the market for 5G business services.
Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Corp. have all signed partnerships with telcos in recent months as they seek new opportunities amid slowing growth in demand for data storage. Telcos, including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., are also looking to revive flagging revenue while tapping into cloud computing's ability to make super-fast 5G networks more efficient and cheaper to run.
"The cloud companies need to reinvent themselves," said Omdia analyst Vlad Galabov.
"Communications service providers have the same thing — everyone has a mobile phone, a network — so both have saturation."
The parties are working together to bring computing functions such as data processing onto the 5G network, closer to where data is generated. This system, known as multi-access edge computing, or MEC, enables partners to offer enterprise services such as real-time analytics, manufacturing automation and live product tracking.
Teaming up is a great strategy right now in all industries. If you're needing a solid telecommunications partner to work with in your business, we are excited to collaborate!
There are 6 different types of internet.
Uses fiber optic cables to deliver the fastest speeds. Only available in areas that have invested in this costly infrastructure.
Shares technology with the cables uses for cable TV. Fast and readily available in most communities.
DSL or copper
It looks like a phone line, but has slightly different technology running in the Digital Subscriber Line wires. Available through phone services, and offers medium speeds.
Fixed wireless internet is a high-speed internet service for rural and underserved areas. Internet is sent from the main access point to individual receivers installed at businesses, farms, and homes.
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. This service refers to a 4G wireless standard that provides the fastest internet speeds for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Satellite internet is delivered wirelessly to the receiver, but requires wires to transport the signal. Satellite internet has bandwidth comparable to DSL and cable but can often feel slower due to latency.
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To 5G or not to 5G
Remember all the things we couldn't do with dial-up? We could see the potential for using the internet in many industries, but the slow speeds just put a damper on innovation.
With wifi and faster speeds, our world has completely changed in almost every type of business and organization.
As 5G is deployed globally, we are in for another grand shift in possibilities. Imagine smart surgeries and smart factories where machines and robots aren't at risk for glitching in the middle of key functions. With 5G, technology can take over more tasks and responsibilities previously dedicated to humans.
Let's talk about what this means for your business!
Every Cloud has its silver lining
- cloud-based phone services
- company communications and scheduling
- company file storage
Our agents are happy to chat with you about the implications, costs and logistics of using Cloud Services. Whether you make the shift now, or in the future, it will be a necessary evolution based on telecommunications trends.
Technology has barely scratched the surface of what is to come in intuiting what your customers need before they even know they need it.
Review your company's first impression online and through the phone--are you making it easy for customers to get their needs met? We can help.
"My computer is frozen" takes on a whole new meaning.
That's because the internet is too slow to stream anything, Josiah Horneman, a physician assistant working at the station, told Insider.
Antarctica has not been connected to the network of underwater cables that carry data around the world. Instead, the remote station relies on satellites to get their internet, as Horneman explains in this TikTok post below:
If your internet is running at penguin speeds, we can help.
The American Dream--simplified.
We started this company with a phone, a domain name and a dream. It's been an incredible experience and we have loved every moment, every tough question, every new piece of technology, every amazing client and vendor. We're living proof that the American Dream is real and doing what you love is the best way to enjoy freedom and independence--simplified.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend! Enjoy some fun ideas for your BBQ and be sure to share your favorite recipes with us!
4th of July Fun for your Patriotic BBQ:
Grab your popsicle molds and your favorite red, white and blue juices, yogurts and fruit!
Puree the blue layer first (frozen blueberries with lemonade). Pour into the molds. Let it set in the freezer.
Puree the white layer (try coconut milk for a milkier middle, or add lime or lemon to water). Pour. Add popsicle sticks at this layer.
Puree strawberries, raspberries and/or watermelon for a tart finale! Pour into molds. Leave room for the mixture to expand.
Firecracker Hot Dogs
A great way for the kids to eat hot dogs while enjoying the festivities.
Carefully insert skewer stick into hot dog.
Wrap a strip of bread dough around the hot dog, securing at the ends of the skewer.
Bake in the oven or on the grill!
Add flags or cheese stars after firecrackers have cooled.
Share your 4th of July recipes and traditions with us in the comments!
Why Comcast Business for SDN/SD-WAN?
Comcast SD-WAN offers:
- Active Core SDN Platform
- Advanced Management
- Digital Experience (DX)
- Flat-rate pricing (not bandwidth dependent)
- Works with ANY type of service from ANY carrier
- BYOB or Comcast can order redundant underlay circuits from other providers
- No Early Termination Fees!
A Software Defined (SDN) Platform
Customer Benefits of Managed Services
- Consultative Design: Network design optimized to meet customer specific performance and growth requirements
- Customized Test Plan: Customer specific test plan to verify all configurations working as designed prior to hand-off
- 30 Day Curation Period: Weekly network reviews to address network issues and
continuously improve performance during implementation
- Proactive Management: Network monitoring, alerting and proactive trouble ticketing to solve customer issues before they call
- Lifecycle Solutions: Twice yearly reviews with customers to optimize performance and plan for future growth
ActiveCore Client Portal
• Dashboard: Map View, Site Summary, Custom Reports,
• Easy Navigation: Site, Path, device, port, application level
• Insights: Network Status, Troubleshoot History and Notifications
• Analytics: Capacity, Performance, Site-to-Site, Custom Reports
• Network Inventory
• Role Based Access Control
Workplace rules and expectations have made a huge shift in the last few years. As your team ventures back into the workplace, now is a good time to review if a BYOD policy is the best option for your company!
As we explore BYOD policies, keep in mind that Bring Your Own Device refers to laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Any wifi or cellular enabled device used for work will fall into this discussion.
Studies indicate that your team will see an increase in productivity when using their own devices on the job. There's something about having all the settings and preferences right at your fingertips, and even that friendly wallpaper of your cat, to speed up tedious tasks.
Employees also share that their job satisfaction increases, and that means they stick around at their favorite job for longer. Unifying communications into one phone (instead of a work phone, cell phone, home phone) reduces stress and increases productivity!
For Employers, enjoy a decrease in costs for providing hardware: computers, phones, etc. We recommend using apps like RingCentral, Teams or any other VOIP provider for employee work phone calls and communication.
Be prepared for the disadvantages of BYOD:
- personal devices being lost or stolen, and losing company data or exposing company information in the process: use cloud-based platforms to retain and protect data
- insufficient anti-virus software
- decreased control
- potential increase in IT costs, should you provide support and repairs: be clear on what repairs and solutions your company will provide, reduce complex software and switch to cloud-based platforms where possible
At Simplified Communications, we strive to find ways to simplify your workplace. BYOD is one solution to consider! Need help implementing a BYOD culture?
Remember when every business phone system looked like this?
Simplified Communications offers Cloud-Based Phone Systems to simplify your business and amplify communications.
Traditional phone systems may make for a huge tax write-off, but they're a depreciating asset that quickly degrades with the growth of newer, lighter, more efficient cloud-based systems.
What are the benefits of using Cloud-Based Phone Systems?
Cloud-based phone systems are becoming the future as more businesses are looking to:
Are you ready for a Cloud-Based Phone System?
Internet outage brings down major news outlets.
For an hour.
Unlike the days when a service technician needed to be called, an appointment scheduled, and a series of guesses tested and tried in-person, with cloud-computing, problems can be identified from the comfort of one's pajamas, from anywhere in the world. That makes for speedy recoveries.
Today will be remembered as the day the internet broke -- before swiftly being fixed again. On Tuesday morning, websites including Amazon, Reddit, Spotify, Ebay, Twitch, Pinterest and, unfortunately, CNET went offline due to a major outage at a service called Fastly. Everywhere you looked, there were 503 errors and people complaining they couldn't access key services and news outlets, demonstrating just how much of the internet relies on this largely unheard-of cloud computing service.
At around 2:58 a.m. PT, Fastly's status update page noted an error, saying "we're currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN [content delivery network] services." Shortly thereafter, reports emerged on Twitter of major news publications including the BBC, CNN and The New York Times being offline. Twitter itself was still running, although the server that hosted its emojis went down, leading to some odd-looking tweets.
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When you run a business, you need a strong, reliable connection to keep moving forward.
When you’re not connected, it’s disruptive to your business. No business likes downtime — that’s why Comcast Business is the first broadband provider to offer an automatic 4G LTE wireless backup connection and 8-hours of battery backup. If internet connection is lost, it automatically kicks in with the stronger of two redundant wireless networks, powering business functions like point of sale, cloud applications, back office connections and email until full connectivity can be restored. That’s the power of complete reliability.
WiFi has become as essential to business as the Internet itself. Your employees need access to cloud applications and shared devices like printers, while your guests and customers expect fast connections to stream videos and access social media networks. To stay ahead of the competition, your business is going to need more than just fast, reliable WiFi – you’ll need an advanced solution that’s smart, scalable and flexible. Enter WiFi Pro.
Hackers and malware developers don’t take a day off. Which is why in the last 12 months1, 67% of small businesses have experienced a cyber attack. Your business needs to protect all connected devices with an advanced, affordable cybersecurity tool that actively checks your network for new threats, such as malware, every 10 minutes.
The private fiber optic network is operated by Comcast from the first mile to the last mile. It gives your company the reliability, security and performance it demands. One million businesses rely on Comcast Business for their communications services, and we would like to tailor a scalable and cost-effective network solution for you.
- The ability to leverage Comcast’s existing infrastructure, which means faster installs with low, to no, construction costs
- Service Level Agreement – 99.9% availability
- Opportunity to link smaller remote offices to bigger corporate locations because EoHFC easily integrates with fiber-based Ethernet end points
- Proactive monitoring and performance reporting
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The outage wreaked havoc on the internet, cable television and local cell phone service of about 1,000 Telus customers in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia — a town with only about 2,000 people total. The service provider described the 36-hour outage as a "very rare and uniquely Canadian disruption."
"Our team immediately worked to identify the location of the damage and discovered that the cause of this fiber cut is fairly unique — beavers have chewed through our fiber cable at multiple points, causing extensive damage," Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé told CBS News on Monday. "Our team located a nearby dam, and it appears the beavers dug underground alongside the creek to reach our cable, which is buried about three feet underground and protected by a 4.5-inch thick conduit."
Partners and agents will earn rewards points based on MRC (monthly recurring charges) and the number of deals submitted. Points can be accrued April 15 to July 30 and cashed in for rewards items at any time during the duration of the program.
Partners and agents will be informed of the program via email and will continue to receive communications regarding the program through our ongoing marketing and engagement campaign.
Point Breakdown: $100 MRC = 50 points
- 2+ deals = 50 points
- 5+ deals = 150 points
- 10+ deals = 400 points
- 15+ deals = 800 points
- 20+ deals = 1,500 points
See examples below of $3,000 MRC:
- 2 deals = 1,500 MRC points + 50 kicker points = 1,550 total points
- 10 deals = 1,500 MRC points + 400 kicker points = 1,900 total points
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We have added an Internet Services Search Tool to the Simplified website to make it even easier to find what services are available to your customers.
Get internet options and pricing in 3 simple steps.
Take it for a spin and let us know your thoughts. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback.
Benefits of being a Telecom Agent:
- Telecom agents can work remotely from anywhere in the country
- Flexible hours
- Choose your own customers and market segment
- Growing demand for telecom agents
- Two styles of working with two different levels of commissions
- Recurring commissions
How to get started:
Simplified is your resource to provide carrier-pricing and quoting information for clients – but the agent runs the play and controls client communication and the entire sale. This model offers higher commissions to the agent.
This Agent Model is ideal for an experienced salesperson or a motivated individual who has worked in the telecommunications industry.
Be your own boss, build your own client base, and enjoy the commissions!
From quoting to installation, Simplified will manage the entire sales process: sourcing carriers, pricing and quoting, client communications, and installation. This model offers a simple hands-off approach for the referral agent.
This option requires no expertise, referral agents don’t need to be an expert in telecom, they can rely on the experts to provide a high quality experience for their clients and earn recurring commissions. In many cases, referral agents are IT providers, low voltage contractors, phone vendors, and building developers.
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We will continue to see trends related to COVID-19 pushing office workers home, and consumers online.
In an effort to keep pace with new demands on network infrastructure, Edge Computing will take precedence. Edge Computing relocates data closer to the point where it is needed to speed up transfers and communication. Public cloud spending will shift to edge computing spending--bringing data closer to home.
Prepare for massive improvements in cellphone technology as 5G coverage is scheduled to reach the whole nation by the end of 2021. T-Mobile is in the lead on the 5G race with AT&T and Verizon close behind.
Internet of Things
The connection of devices, endpoints and assets that haven't been able to communicate with a network are considered the Internet of Things. COVID-19 introduced a myriad of reasons to utilize multiple devices in a seamless business operation. From curbside service to self-checkout kiosks to working remotely, a new connectivity is in demand.
Ensure your business is up to speed:
SD-WAN to SASE
SD-WAN (software-defined networking in a wide area network) is a software-based approach to building and managing networks that connect geographically dispersed offices.
SASE (secure access service edge) simplifies wide-area networking and security by delivering both as a cloud service directly to the source of connection rather than the enterprise data center.
As more and more business operations move to the digital realm, security will be paramount in protecting customers and employees, and reducing business liability. SASE brings a much-needed security element to previously used networks.
2020 proved to be a good year to evaluate personal and business goals. Now, this new year offers us a chance to implement and grow.
In our review of where we want to take Simplified Communications, and how we want to spend our free time, we ventured to Miami, Florida to open another location.
We continue to provide services to businesses nationwide, and are excited for the opportunity to serve from two very different climates. We're bringing a little sun to Minneapolis, and lots of coffee to Miami!
This is a great time of year to assess your services and make sure everything is set up for you to have a seamless 2021.
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Gifts for Entrepreneurs & Employees
- Experiences at Home: Deliver the makings for something to create at home. Share Gingerbread House Kits and make a challenge to build the best village. For business owners and entrepreneurs--be sure to include a small sign with their business logo to add to the front yard of their gingerbread office! For employees--include items that are more play than work: gingerbread cookies or specialty hot cocoa to enjoy while building a village. Other activity ideas include Advent Calendars, and herb gardens for the kitchen window.
- Practical Items: It's getting harder and harder to get out to go shopping, so even the basics will be appreciated right now! For business owners--Post-It Notes, Dry Erase Boards, Tape, Paper, Stamps, Envelopes! For employees--specialty coffee, wireless mouse and batteries, meal delivery, or magnetic signs for the home office.
- Audio Books and eBooks: Give a credit to your favorite platform, or purchase a specific title and share! For business owners--offer to read a leadership or mindset book together with your colleagues; meet up virtually to discuss each week. For employees--let your team get to know you better by sharing your favorite novel or light-reading eBook or audiobook!
We want to thank you for being a part of the Simplified Communications village, and wish you and your community a very Happy Holiday Season!
Microsoft is partnering with SpaceX to connect the tech giant’s Azure cloud computing network to the growing Starlink satellite internet service offered by Elon Musk’s company, the companies announced Tuesday.
Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious plan to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites, designed to deliver high-speed internet to anywhere on the planet.
“The collaboration that we’re announcing today will allow us to work together to deliver new offerings for both the public and the private sector to deliver connectivity through Starlink for use on Azure,” SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a video. “Where it makes sense, we will work with [Microsoft]: co-selling to our mutual customers, co-selling to new enterprise and future customers.”
You may not be headed to outerspace any time soon, but Microsoft Teams is moving faster than the speed of light. Chat with our representatives about how to utilize Microsoft Teams in your business!
Whether you're birthing a new business or a new project, we may not be able to assist with the right name, but we can make sure you get the best out of your internet service provider!
While most people browse the Internet for suggestions, one couple decided to name their child after their internet provider.
According to Fox News, the new parents made the decision in hopes of cutting down internet costs.
They responded to an advertisement from Twifi, a Swiss based internet provider, that was offering free internet for 18 years to families who named their child after the service.
The internet provider chose “Twifus” for a boy and “Twifia” for a girl.
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