BT launches ‘unbreakable’ small business Wi-Fi to boost connectivity, coverage,

BT launches ‘unbreakable’ small business Wi-Fi to boost connectivity, coverage,

BT launched a new business unit which will serve the millions of UK firms which are either small by design or just starting up. Together with the launch of the UK’s ‘unbreakable’ Wi-Fi for micro-businesses which guarantees coverage across the workplace, full fibre speeds of up to 900Mbps and free tech expert support the new unit will help the UK’s smallest firms to rebuild and get set for growth.
More than 95% or around 5.7 million of the UK’s private sector companies are micro-businesses with up to nine employees. These range from home-based businesses and start-ups to more established firms with a single site.
BT is so convinced by the high-growth potential of this market known as single/small office, home office (SoHo) and its role in powering the post pandemic recovery, that it has carved out a new unit to focus on the digital and connectivity needs of home based and single site businesses.
As well as delivering business grade connections which offer value for money and a premium customer service experience, BT will launch a new suite of services and apps to help the UK’s smallest and fledgling firms grow by building stronger digital foundations. These new services could include stronger cyber security measures, free digital skills training and new digital advertising tools, for example.

CMA Probe Fears Higher Prices After O2 and Virgin Media Merger

CMA Probe Fears Higher Prices After O2 and Virgin Media Merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published an ‘issues statement‘ on the proposed £31bn merger between mobile operator O2 and broadband ISP (inc. TV, phone) Virgin Media, which highlights the authority’s two main concerns – the risk of higher consumer prices and worse 5G connectivity for rivals.

The deal, which was first announced in May 2020 and has since been passed to the UK CMA by the European Commission (EC), values O2 at £12.7bn and Virgin Media at £18.7bn (total enterprise value). In theory, there shouldn’t be too many obstacles since the operators’ largely focus on different parts of the market.