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Triangle Networks and SeeThru Networks have joined forces to help the city cut through the jargon and confusion around internet support, as lockdown makes us more reliant than ever on our digital infrastructure.

We are please to be joining forces with our friends at SeeThru Networks as they release a public facing app, to offer users clear, accurate and easy to understand updates and information for their connectivity.

The SeeThru app also gives real time updates on the status of services such as Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams and Zoom – which have each soared in popularity during the current crisis, keeping us connected to colleagues, family and friends.

It is not uncommon for members of the public to find themselves confused by the internet, far more than their other household utilities. All too often, members of the public are ill-informed as to whether an issue lies at their end, or the end of the provider. For Triangle and SeeThru, transparency is at the heart of our motivation for the new app.

Paul Anslow, Managing Director of Triangle Networks commented:

“This is a major problem for smaller and mainstream internet service providers. All too often people are baffled by the jargon of connectivity and our mission is to create a more transparent and two way relationship between householders, businesses and their ISP.

“In recent weeks thousands of people nationwide lost internet access as services struggled to keep up with the weight of demand, with many customers taking to social media to voice their concerns with the responses and updates of internet providers.

Paul added: “People often feel frustrated by troubleshooting and vent those frustrations publicly, but a simplified, transparent  approach, will help to change this and preserve valuable  customer relationships.”

SeeThru Network’s Nick Randall commented:

“As someone in the field of tech services and support, I know how tricky it can be for customers to cut through all of the jargon and just get a plain layman’s answer of what the problem is and why it’s happening.”

“We originally created this app for our partner Triangle Networks, building their operational experience into an automated platform to better diagnose customer Internet connectivity issues. Given the current state of play in the country, Triangle felt that opening it out to the wider public was absolutely the right thing to do. This will give consumers a diagnostic tool for the Internet that people can use to their own purposes, independent of a specific relationship with Triangle Networks.”

For more information take a look at https://www.seethrunetworks.com/

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The Children’s Hospice South West is such a terrific cause and one that Bob Irwin and the Triangle Networks team have been supporting for some time. Last year Bob and colleague Jamie completed 12 half marathons in 12 months for the charity, raising over £3,000.

Having previously visited one of the CHSW facilities, the motivation for the fundraising was not difficult to find, visiting the grounds near Clevedon it is an emotional experience and one that impacted the team a great deal.

But with social distancing in place, many of this years’ fundraising activities are not possible.  Bob decided he would continue to do what he could under the circumstances.  The latest challenge being a tough task of a 10k run every day, for 10 days. Whilst no doubt the running will be difficult, being able to support this great charity at this time is something Bob feels strongly that he would like to continue doing. 

Bob says, “The #BeIncredible campaign is something absolutely anyone and everyone should get involved in, whether that’s running or even making cakes… just get involved!”

Today Bob completed his 10th run and in doing so, the 100Km challenge!

If you would like to support Bob, you can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robert-irwin4

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Just 5 miles from the Triangle offices, the amazing team at CHSW support children with life-limiting conditions and their families. The hospice team provide the whole family with a positive environment and the highest level of care as they go through the most unimaginable times. It is an essential service for them all.

Our team challenged themselves to complete a number of fundraising activities this year, including playing live music to a number of venues to promote and raise further money for the main event, The Tale of Twelve Halves…

Team members Jamie Butt and Bob Irwin, embarked upon the challenge of running 12 half marathons in 12 months, they have now completed all 12.

These included events from London to Plymouth and across to Swansea. One highlight being, the Exeter half-marathon, as part of Bob’s birthday celebrations. (balloon photo). The last leg of the campaign, saw Jamie and Bob completing the 13.1 miles around Clevedon, celebrating with CHSW at the Clevedon Sailing Club, raising over £3000 so far.

If you would like to support this great cause, you can do so by making a small donation to Children’s Hospice South West, following the link below. All money raised goes straight to the charity and helping ensure they can continue to be there for families and make the most of short and precious lives.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/triangle-networks 

 

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We were proud to be able to support the A-level students in their visit to Bletchley Park last month, as they completed a number of work experience sessions with various members of the Triangle Networks team.

Guided by Iain Major of Clevedon School, the group have gained valuable experience during this programme, growing their understanding of how their role as developers and product technicians contributes to a company’s success, investigating the importance of data for businesses of all sizes.

Their visit to Bletchley Park marked the end of their first year of a two-year A-Level in Computer Science. They learnt a great deal about the real-life challenges of the military in solving one of the most famous mathematical problems. No doubt this inquisitive and investigative group thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Bletchley Park, and the remainder of their time at Clevedon School.

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to support them!

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The Government’s brand new ‘gigabit connection’ voucher scheme is now underway, with the first wave providing a much needed fund of £2m across 4 key locations. Bristol is of course one of these areas.  The fund enables businesses to make that all important step to full-fibre connectivity at significantly reduced costs, that may have been a barrier previously.

In partnership with leading infrastructure providers ‘CityFibre’ the team here at Triangle, can now offer the award winning, transformational ‘MetroGig’ internet service to those harder to reach areas of the City. Furthermore, for smaller SME businesses, we are introducing a number of options to make sure that everyone can afford reliable, ultra-fast connectivity.

Logo-on-White_LTriangle Networks are able to offer these vouchers which are available with the support of the DCMS in Partnership with Governing Body i.e. Bristol City Council. As there are a limited number of vouchers, if you would like to apply, please get in touch as soon as possible to find out how your business can benefit from the first wave of funding,

Bob Irwin

Sales Director, Triangle Networks

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By BRISTOL247, Tuesday Aug 29, 2017

A bid to future-proof Bristol’s digital capabilities with ultra-fast internet connectivity has helped benefit more than 80 businesses in its first year of operation.

The collaboration between CityFibre and Triangle Networks to bring Gigabit City status to the region was the first of its kind and aimed to drive economic growth and boost competitiveness and productivity across local enterprise.

With 69km of full-fibre infrastructure running beneath the city streets, past Filton to Almondsbury and across the city centre, Bristol has been transformed into one of the best connected cities on the planet and thousands of businesses are within reach of the network.

 

Wildseed Studios were one of the first companies to join CityFibre’s Bristol network

Production firm Wildseed Studios were one of the first companies to gain a gigabit boost.

The company’s networking manager, Chris Pearless, said: “The gigabit connection has given us flexibility. Instead of days, we can now make changes in hours. It’s added an agility and quality to our production we haven’t seen before.”

The fast internet connection is also proving vital in enabling medical tech firm, Micrima, to share large files quickly and work to revolutionise the sector with its breast imaging technology.

Dr Peter Bannister, the company’s chief technology officer, said: “Cancer detection imaging is very data intensive. Some medical research projects have to leave out large amounts of data from findings as moving it can be difficult.

“Now thanks to our CityFibre connection, we have exceptional bandwidth that enables us to process anything we can analyse or design.”

 

Thousands of businesses are within the Gigabit network

The partnership offers connectivity speeds that are up to 100 faster than the UK’s average and CityFibre says its network has enabled a number of Bristol firms to revolutionise the way they do business as they are no longer held back by the likes of bandwidth restraints.

“With our thirst for connectivity growing larger every day, Bristol is well placed to make the most of its full-fibre infrastructure,” said Nick Gray, city development manager for CityFibre.

“It’s been great to welcome businesses to the network from key industries across the city. Bristol is truly embracing the full-fibre revolution and it’s great to see.”

The company says that as well as embracing new technologies, Gigabit City infrastructure is more resilient than legacy copper infrastructure and, thus, capable of meeting Bristol’s needs for years to come.

Paul Anslow, managing director at Triangle, said: “As our lives and working environments become increasingly digitised, connectivity plays a huge role in driving us forward.

“Now is the time for businesses in the city to future-proof their connectivity and discover the great benefits ultrafast broadband can offer. We ‘re excited to work with even more businesses across Bristol providing them with affordable connectivity.”

 

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It’s been a tremendous first year for the Gigabit City Project in Bristol spearheaded by Triangle Networks and digital infrastructure provider, CityFibre. Together, we’ve helped transform businesses with full fibre connectivity, taking businesses from slow and inconsistent internet access all across the city to a bandwidth haven of gigabit internet speeds, at prices far lower than previously available.

For many customers, the speed of the connection has changed the way their business operates for the better. Our friends at Wildseed Studios commented: “Having the speed is great, but more importantly the gigabit connection has given us flexibility. It’s added an agility and quality into our production process we haven’t seen before.

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“We’ve received comments like this from a number of the first adopters, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed in the wider community. In late June, to cap the end of the Gigabit City project’s first year, Triangle and CityFibre were delighted to receive the ‘Best Use of Technology and Innovation’ award at this year’s Bristol Post Awards, fighting off some stiff competition.

This is a technological leap forward for Bristol but also a huge step for Triangle. We were very proud to receive the recognition of our hard work and look forward to future projects with CityFibre, replicating what we’ve done in Bristol elsewhere in the UK.

 Heading into the future in Bristol, the project becomes ever more important as the data explosion constricts bandwidth on lesser copper and part-fibre connections more and more over time. But where there’s an issue, Triangle and CityFibre have the solution and will be delighted to help more businesses transform their connectivity in the second year of the exciting Gigabit City project”.

Paul Anslow – Managing Director, Triangle Networks

If you’d like to learn more about Triangle Networks and gigabit speed connectivity visit our web page gigabit.trianglenetworks.co.uk or call us on 01275 871122.

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CityFibre embarked on its Bristol Gigabit City project one year ago alongside launch partner Triangle Networks, enabling the local ISP to steal a march by delivering Gigabit-speed-as-standard to customers massively restricted by the limitations of copper wires. One such client is Wildseed Studios.

Wildseed Studios is a production company based in the heart of Bristol that works collaboratively across the globe. It specialises in TV and cinema production, and one of its larger projects involved
working alongside Disney XD. Wildseed handles the majority of its conceptual work but relies on  production teams in Canada to create the final product. This cross- Atlantic operation demands a  reliable Internet connection with Skype calls and file sharing a vital part of the shared production  process. At any one time across the office there will be at least two or three Skype calls taking place,  communicating with teams across the UK and internationally. But it’s not just the VoIP access that stresses the network, file sharing too is an essential business function. Animations are typically huge  graphical files with an average 10 minute episode amounting to a 175GB file that had to previously be uploaded and downloaded on Wildseed’s inconsistent BT connection. Sometimes, because the  connection was so lacking, the upload would have to restart three or four times, and in some extreme  cases the firm had to physically post a hard drive with the full episode across the Atlantic to Canada to  be prepped for broadcast. One project required Wildseed to deliver 52 episodes of this size, so the  networking team knew they needed an alternative solution.

Enter local comms provider Triangle  Networks, CityFibre’s Gigabit City partner in Bristol, which connected Wildseed’s building to  CityFibre’s Gigabit network, immediately transforming the business. Video communication is now seamless having reduced lag by 250 per cent to a level not even noticeable. File sharing has also  switched from being a headache to a business tool. The typical 40GB master files that would be  shared multiple times throughout the production process used to take Wildseed over 27 hours to download, and the transfer would often fail. Now, a transfer takes just minutes.

Triangle began its commercial life in 2004 and by 2006 had built its first VoIP platform. The company’s offering includes Internet access, traditional ISDN services, numbering, SIP trunking and its Hive Wi-Fi social media log-in platform. The company also has a hosted system called Noodlebox with a variety of apps designed to improve the customer experience for partners.

Triangle’s channel partners display a shared vision to drive change in the industry. “Rarely do we partner with organisations that just want to resell products that ‘will do’,” stated Paul Anslow. “It is surprising to see that some companies would rather sell a traditional service that is marginally cheaper, especially one that will be insufficient in less than a year’s time. We have become more selective for that reason, and our partnership with CityFibre allows us to be much more discerning. If you have the appetite for something very new, get involved. For the right company this is a game changing opportunity.”

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Staff at 12 year old Triangle Networks have visited the Balloon Fiesta for a number of years, but this year will be supporting as one of the ‘Member’ companies and Official Suppliers’ supporting the show, alongside a number of other great Bristol businesses and key sponsors.

The world famous Bristol Balloon Fiesta, reaches its 38th year this weekend, having been founded by the Bristol Junior Chamber and Don Cameron of Cameron Balloons in 1978.  The weekend includes 150 balloons of varying shapes and sizes, dominating the landscape over Ashton Court and beyond.

A real favourite of the locals, past years have seen up to spectators, with a surprising number arriving at 6am to see the stunning Balloon ascent, and many more arriving in the evening to see the magical night glows. In total, over the weekend, event organisers Richmond Event Management will expertly host 500,000 visitors to this growing event. A staggering number!

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Triangle Networks Managing Director Paul Anslow says “The Balloon Fiesta is an example of Bristol’s great triumphs, which we see more and more of every day. I have tried my hardest to draw comparisons between 150 balloons, and 1000 Mb internet access but it is a tenuous link at best”.  Suggestions welcome!

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For more information about the Balloon Fiesta, go to http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/

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Powerboat racing will thrill crowds in Clevedon this month

(Article courtesy of North Somerset Times, 5th August 2016 url:  http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/power_boat_racing_to_boost_seafront_groups_1_4642523)

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Picture: Mike Powell Photography

ThunderCat Racing UK will descend on the town from August 27-28 for rounds nine and 10 of its official championship series which will be held between Clevedon Pier and Marine Lake with races consisting of long-distance and shorter races.

The event is being organised by Paul Anslow, Clevedon Chamber of Commerce chairman, who has praised the collaboration with other groups in the town, including Clevedon School business students who will organise a VIP area on the pier.

He said: “The ThunderCat racing event is the chamber of commerce’s contribution to the Clevedon 2020 effort to raise the profile of Clevedon as a destination.

“We have also been extremely pleased with the huge amount of collaboration throughout the project involving North Somerset Council, Clevedon School and the pier amongst others.

“We also hope to increase footfall in the Marine Lake and Salthouse Fields areas, to support the flower show and our friends at MARLENS.

“Most importantly, we are taking a great deal of care to keep everyone safe, and to ensure that our fellow Clevedonians are not inconvenienced in any way.”

Paul was particularly complimentary about North Somerset Council’s involvement in the project as the authority will allow the free use of the Castlewood car park and it will run a shuttle service to the seafront, while it is also helping to look at possible locations for a temporary camp site.

A council spokesman said: “This is a new event for the area making good use of the bay at Clevedon.

“As with all new events, it brings in a new visitor demographic and provides the opportunity to show what Clevedon has to offer.”

More businesses are also wanted to sponsor a boat for the event which will give them access to the pier viewing area as well as logos on their boat.

For more details, email hello@clevedonchamber.co.uk

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