Tag: Connectivity

Technology Debt, Part Two

Back in February, we talked about the concept of Technology Debt, which is, the longer you wait to implement new technology, the harder it is to do when the time comes.


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FlexNetworks Update – Spring 2020

If you’ve been following our progress these past couple of years, you would have noticed a steady upward trajectory in terms of our geographic growth in both of our operating territories of Saskatchewan and the National Capital Region.

This growth has been fueled by the pent-up demand for accessible, affordable, ultra high-speed connectivity by many of the organizations we have proudly added to our roster of Customers. And the best thing about this is that its exponential in nature – our growth produces more growth.

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A Technology Primer on Remote Working

Those that fail to plan, plan to fail.”

It’s a cliché, I know, but it does fit right now.

There’s a lot of chatter about working remotely right now, for obvious reasons. Organizations are trying to maintain a ‘business-as-usual’ approach with a dispersed workforce and they’re finding out the hard way that its one thing to talk about it conceptually but another to put it into practice.

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Business Continuity during a Pandemic: Connectivity is Key!

The potential of a COVID-19 pandemic impacting our ability to operate in a ‘business-as-usual’ manner continues to rise everyday, making business continuity planning and execution vital. Ordering staff to work from home is an important step in preventing the spread of the virus and limiting a prolonged outbreak.

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Are you running up a “Technology Debt”?

“(Companies) are allowing their current technology to drive their IT strategy instead of letting their long-term business strategy drive their technology decisions.”
Ted Carty, VP Business Development, Grade A

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High Tech Plumbers

We’re high-tech Plumbers and we’re proud of it!

We are under no illusions about our place in the Canadian Telecom universe at FlexNetworks.

We are next-generation plumbers.

That’s it, that’s all.

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Cable vs Fibre

Why should my business upgrade from cable (coax) Internet to Fibre Optic Internet?

I’ve heard variations of this question many times over my career.

And my initial response is usually the same: you more than likely don’t.

If your business only requires basic download connectivity for web surfing and email, doesn’t utilize real-time applications like voice and video, hosts nothing in the cloud that needs reliable upload speeds and doesn’t require bandwidth higher then 1 Gbps, then you probably don’t need to upgrade from cable (coax).

However, if even one of these resonated with you, then you owe it to yourself to compare the two options.

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Building a 530 km ‘Glass Highway’ from Regina to Saskatoon

“FlexNetworks is excited to play a part in the Connect to Innovate program and help transform the lives of thousands of Canadians and businesses. Partnering with the Government of Canada will enable us to build a fibre-optic network that will give Saskatchewan families and businesses access to high-speed services, which are essential to communicating and being competitive.”
 Jacques Taillefer, Executive Vice President, FlexNetworks

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Connectivity Issue

From our viewpoint we’ve found that the three biggest issues related to poor connectivity in the workplace are:

  1. Staff productivity reduced by a slow network,
  2. Real-time applications negatively impacted by unreliable and instable consumer-grade services with ‘best-effort’ SLA’s, and,
  3. Delayed implementation of new technologies.

Do any of these resonate with you?

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Closing the gap on the ‘digital divide’ in rural Saskatchewan

Think about this for a second: when was the last time you picked up a landline telephone somewhere in Canada and didn’t get a dial-tone? I can recall maybe one or two times in the distant past when I got a ‘fast-busy’ signal instead of the tell-tale drone of dial-tone.

The geographic disparity of our vast country did not stop each of the provincial telephone companies nor the Federal Government from investing the billions of dollars required to build out both the provincial and national phone network, to the point that we have achieved 99% dial-tone coverage across Canada. It is and continues to be a universal right that all Canadians, regardless of their location, have access to landline dial-tone.

Broadband internet access, however, is another story.

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