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SMEs offered better broadband, wifi and online security from Vodafone deal

Mobile holds the key to commerce right now

One of the biggest challenges for SME businesses and growing retailers is connectivity. With online now making up a larger chunk of business and the need to not only connect consumers but also staff and systems, the network is now all.

In response to this growing demand for resilient networking via wifi and broadband, Vodafone has partnered with Cisco to launch ‘Complete Connectivity’, a new broadband and Wi-Fi solution designed for small and medium businesses (10 – 250 employees) and offering reliable and secure broadband connectivity across sites, with advanced security features to ensure SMEs have everything required to stay connected, secure and in complete control.  

Complete Connectivity is designed to provide simple-to-manage, enterprise grade hardware and software to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) without the need for in-house expertise to operate. Industry leading advanced security features such as Advanced Malware Protection, Intrusion Prevention and Content Filtering also come as standard.

It also features an in-built mobile backup system that kicks in seamlessly should you lose WI-FI connectivity to ensure your internet connection isn’t disrupted.

The Federation of Small Business estimates 10,000 hacking attempts are made every day on small businesses and their users. With the rise in remote working, these cyberattacks are more prevalent than ever.  This means SMEs need to prioritise best-in-class security when considering their broadband needs.

Starting at £70 per month on a three-year term per site, customers have access to  Vodafone Superfast Fibre Broadband offering speeds of up to 76mbps to your business premises and the in-built mobile backup – should your broadband go down; the connection will automatically and seamlessly switch to Vodafone’s 4G mobile network.

Users also get Cisco Meraki advanced security features to keep employees, customers and business safe, as well as automatic and continuous updates from world leading security researchers to ensure you have optimal protection against new and emerging cyber threats.

Through integration with the Cisco Meraki platform, SMEs can also add on additional technologies to provide enhanced customer experiences and help scale their Wi-Fi and physical security requirements as needed, across multiple sites. This includes Wi-Fi 6-enabled wireless Access Points, providing businesses with enhanced connectivity and coverage where they need it most, and smart cameras, which help address emerging and future physical security needs with feature data rich analytics, such as motion heat maps.

Andrew Stevens, Head of Small Business, Vodafone UK explains: “Our small business customers are constantly telling us how much they rely on a secure and reliable broadband connection to conduct business effectively. That’s why we’re delighted to be launching this new solution with Cisco which enables business customers to easily run a reliable, secure, futureproof, and truly scalable broadband and Wi-Fi service, in an affordable way without any significant, one-off costs.”

He adds: “With the number of sophisticated cyber-attacks on SMEs increasing daily, having secure and reliable access to the internet has never been more critical. Falling victim to an online attack can be both financially and reputationally damaging for SMEs, so it’s crucial businesses now have access to a professional grade service, which provides rich insights and is easy to manage.”

Aine Rogers, Head of Small Business, Cisco UK & Ireland says: “Over 99% of businesses in the UK are SMEs, and the last year has shown us that even when out of necessity, connected technologies have a vital role to play in supporting businesses of all shapes and sizes. With Vodafone, we’re excited to be helping provide secure connectivity to support the ambitions of those driving the UK economy, whether in the way they work, collaborate with their teams or connect with their customers.”

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