According to the ONS Labour Force Survey between 2008 and 2018, there was a 74% increase in the number of people working from their own home. That’s more than 1.54 million people who work from home for their main job. With the majority of the population currently in lockdown, it’s more important than ever that our business broadband is keeping people connected with their office.

Gigabit broadband means a more productive business. Thanks to an ultrafast, reliable connection, lag and buffer times are reduced and employees have more time at their disposal. Although it’s important that workers can download documents, files and media more quickly, good connectivity is not just about faster downloads - especially when it comes to remote working.

Good connectivity means quality, uninterrupted video conferencing and making sure client relationships can still be nurtured, team collaborations can continue to be effective and meetings can go on remotely. The use of video in the day - to - day running of a business is increasing - not just for conferencing, but in a wider range of industries. With Microsoft Teams operating on a minimum of 1.2Mbps, other video conferencing programmes such as Skype and FaceTime recommend a bandwidth of at least 10Mbps to eliminate buffering or lagging, but what if more than one person in the household is working from home.

Good connectivity also means better collaboration. Downloading and uploading large files within a reasonable timeframe requires bandwidth of at least 50Mbps. With more and more people using cloud technology like Google Docs and Microsoft SharePoint, it’s essential that remote workers have the speed to access and collaborate with large shared files in the cloud.. Adobe Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro are two of the applications that set the pace of technological advances in video editing in the cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of applications that gives subscribers access to software used for graphic design, video editing, photography and mobile applications optimised for cloud services. In 2019, Adobe Creative Cloud comes with up to 10 terabytes (10,000 gigabytes) of online cloud storage.

Cloud storage and cloud collaboration allows people from around the globe to come together to work on a piece of work, enabling global collaboration and decentralising the concentration of skills in certain industries. Put simply, cloud technology powered by ultrafast broadband means businesses can go global from the comfort of a living room.

Additionally, good connectivity means not committing to providing the latest hardware in every employee’s home. Processing massive video files in the cloud rather than a laptop means all the number crunching is done by a more powerful computer. Employees don’t need the highest-spec PC to edit videos - all they need is a laptop or smartphone powerful enough to run a web browser and log in to the cloud. The cloud is perfect for collaboration with files available remotely so teams of content creators can combine their skills to add audio or effects to videos and streamline the production process and the final product can be shared directly with YouTube. As video editing technology evolves it will increasingly depend on a high bandwidth, low latency broadband connection.

Since 2000, cloud computing has been championed by giants like Amazon and Google, and offers convenience, self-service and cost efficiencies. With cloud computing and ultrafast broadband allowing users to quickly and easily upload, store, access and download vast amounts of data, it’s no surprise that 40 percent of UK businesses were already using cloud-based solutions before offices closed for lockdown. When connected to ultrafast broadband, the cloud offers the agility needed for organisations to optimise their products and customer service, and for workers to enjoy faster and more robust connections. There’s better data storage security and no need for expensive hardware.

But what does this mean for residents working remotely from home?

According to research by Beaming, broadband outages cost the UK economy a whopping £7 billion in 2016. In addition, a staggering 545 hours of staff productivity are lost annually because of IT outages. With more of us working from home and recession whispered in the news, it’s important that we have all the tools at our disposal to help keep the economy afloat. Ultrafast, reliable broadband is a key ingredient for this.

But it’s not just about the short-term lockdown situation. With social distancing set to become a feature of life for the foreseeable, many of us will continue to work from home. In many households, this could mean an entire family unit dependent on reliable Wi-Fi for business, entertainment and home schooling. Mum could be in a conference in one room, Dad delivering a presentation in another while the teenagers are learning through virtual classrooms in their bedrooms. The latest Savills BTR research piece reports a growth in multifamily living which means this increased broadband usage could become the norm - and if the broadband capacity isn’t up to scratch, we could get a reminder of the arguments over broadband in a pre-Wi-Fi world.

Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™)

Glide Residential’s SFI™ is a full fibre, landlord broadband solution that provides a fast and simple way to cable a building, specifically designed for the Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector. With SFI™, buildings are future-proofed for the next 25 years, as there are no restrictions on what can be delivered via fibre. SFI™ also enables the provision of many smart technology services such as Wi-Fi controlled lighting and heating, door entry, CCTV, digital signage, smart metering, and SkyQ. SFI™ helps add rental value, whilst reducing operational costs, and is designed with developers, landlords, and their residents in mind.

Managed Internet Service

With Glide Residential, you can also benefit from a fully managed internet service for private rented residents and fully managed internet solutions. Everything is managed from the cabling, to launch, to ongoing 24/7/365 support. Complete managed broadband services from a single provider. The network is monitored around the clock to ensure everything is running smoothly, and each customer has their own dedicated service manager as one single point of contact to provide everything you need.

Get in touch with a member of our team to find out how we can enhance your Build-to-Rent (BTR) development. Call us on 03333 800 800 or drop us an email at glideresidential@glide.co.uk, or find out more details on our website https://glidegroup.co.uk/connectivity-and-smart-solutions/sfi

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