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Domain registry GlobalR.com: Georgia’s .GE ccTLD represents an unrivaled opportunity for German business owners

GERMANY, 09-Aug-2016 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The success of thousands of German businesses is in jeopardy, hindered by the oversubscribed domain extension .DE. Soon, there will be no domains left for new businesses to register.

As the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Germany, the .DE domain extension represents a booming online marketplace serving a domestic population of over 82 million. The third most popular top-level domain (after .COM and .TK) the .DE zone has very few short or dictionary word domains left available. In no time at all, those looking to register their business online will have to choose between obscure names, misspellings, or random word combinations to secure a domain in the .DE zone. Their customers will never find them.

This is a serious problem that has the power to halt the growth of the German e-commerce industry, but there is a small group of marketers working tirelessly to address it – and they’ve found a solution.

According to GlobalR.com, a domain registry specializing in .GE domains, the entire English-speaking world knows Deutschland as Germany. To them, .DE is irrelevant and Georgia’s .GE ccTLD is the obvious choice for native German businesses. With barely 30,000 registered domains in the .GE zone, this under-utilized ccTLD represents an unrivaled opportunity for German business owners, giving them their pick of domain names and a ccTLD the majority of consumers automatically associate with Germany.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Fasthosts Launches Hosted Microsoft Exchange 2010 Email Packages

Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, has launched a brand new range of high quality email packages based on Microsoft Exchange 2010. The solutions offer businesses and private users alike the very latest functionality for email, including mobile emailing and can improve productivity with shared calendars, tasks and contacts accessible from any computer. The feature-packed and robust email platform is ideal for small or medium sized businesses to equip their staff with varying levels of mailbox functionality for different types of user. In addition, Fasthosts new email packages deliver an efficient mobile email system which can lead to increased productivity and better response times for businesses in handling customer enquiries.

Fasthosts is a long-standing expert in delivering hosted Microsoft Exchange email solutions. The high quality features and reliability of the platform make it a popular choice for many UK firms. Fasthosts’ new Microsoft Exchange 2010 based packages provide ways to handle email more speedily and professionally. Free inclusive Microsoft Outlook software for PC or Mac enables users to synchronize email from multiple mailboxes, track email conversations, share calendar availability within groups, and manage work schedules with ease. Auto responders can be used to automatically respond to incoming emails. Forwarders and Catch-all Email can be used to distribute incoming emails effectively and manage which addresses are used as public-facing.

Remote access to email is now an important issue for many firms. All Fasthosts email packages now benefit from Microsoft Outlook 2010 Web App, a webmail solution for working flexibly from any computer. Email, contacts and calendars are updated in real-time so users always have the latest data to hand. Fasthosts Business email packages feature Microsoft ActiveSync, a simple to set up software that makes it easy to use the platform from a mobile device or tablet. The solution provides email, calendar, contacts and tasks synchronized directly to a mobile device.

For personal users, the Fasthosts Personal Email package is a highly affordable way to send professional, personalised email from a domain name. The 2 x 1GB virus and spam protected mailboxes are ideal for handling large attachments, an additional 5 x 100MB mailboxes included, and 10 email forwarders. For users whose mobile devices do not support full Exchange, IMAP Access enables users to access email in a slimmed down format on most handsets.

The Fasthosts Business email range now starts with the Business Standard package, which features 1 highest specification Professional mailbox, 5 Starter mailboxes and 20 email forwarders. The Business Premium package includes 3 Professional mailboxes, 2 Starter Plus mailboxes, a further unlimited Starter mailbox and unlimited email forwarders. Especially important for business users, all email data is hosted in Fasthosts’ highly secure state-of-the-art UK data centres, and benefits from industry-leading virus scanning and multi-level spam filtering. Fasthosts also provides the reassurance of a dedicated technical support team on hand 24/7.

Steve Holford, marketing director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, said: “Firms of all sizes are learning that how email is handled can affect customer spend and loyalty. Our latest Exchange-powered packages enable a business to handle email and calendars more effectively across teams, and access important materials 24/7 from outside the workplace. The newest functionality can further help drive efficiencies and ensure that maximum value is had from every email sent and received”.

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Free 20Mb/s Broadband Boost By BT

BT has announced that millions of homes and businesses are set to enjoy a free broadband boost as BT will more than double the headline speeds for its residential and business customers.

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Given BT is the UK’s largest retailer of broadband with 4.8 million customers, the move, which comes in advance of Lord Carter’s Digital Britain Report, will lead to an increase in average broadband speeds.

Over 60,000 consumers already have the faster speeds through a BT trial and the upgrade to ADSL 2+ technology will be available to other homes in the summer. BT Retail broadband customers already enjoy speeds of up to 8Mb/s. The plans will see consumers and business in enabled areas receive faster speeds of up to 20Mb/s as part of their broadband service at no extra cost.

Based on BT’s 21CN platform, the faster speeds will initially be available from 549 telephone exchanges, serving more than 40% of UK homes and businesses. BT plans to extend that coverage to 55% by March 2010 subject to customer demand.

As well as boosting download speeds, upload speeds will increase to up to 1Mb/s. The faster service will enable customers to surf, upload or download data in a fraction of the time, even when several users are on the same connection. This means less waiting around for complex web pages to download and graphics to upload. It is also good news for BT Business Broadband customers looking to use rich media or boost their websites.

BT research has shown that one of the major causes of slower broadband speeds lies in customers’ home wiring. To address this, BT is also set to offer the BT Broadband Accelerator (BT I-Plate) that eliminates electrical interference from telephone-extension wiring, and can improve broadband speeds and reliability. BT will be giving away the devices free to consumers (subject to £2.50 P&P) and businesses that are likely to benefit. Crucially, this will mean more customers with marginal broadband speeds will exceed the 2Mb/s threshold required to benefit from the full range of new internet services, something Lord Carter’s report is set to address.

Gavin Patterson, chief executive officer, BT Retail said “Unlike other providers, BT is upgrading customers to 20Mb/s for free. High-speed broadband provides a faster and more reliable service that will transform the way we live, work, learn and play. We believe the true value of broadband is in helping customers enjoy the exciting new services that it makes possible. In line with the Government’s Digital Britain review, we will be making higher speeds more widely available.”

In a separate move, BT Retail will begin the first trials of up to 40Mb/s super-fast fibre-based broadband in Whitchurch, South Wales and Muswell Hill, London this summer. Openreach is already delivering speeds of up to 100Mb/s to customers in the Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent, using fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology.

New or re-contracting BT Business Broadband and BT Total Broadband customers in an enabled exchange area will automatically be eligible for the ADSL2+ service at no additional cost. The new ADSL2+ service will be available to business users from the initial launch, and non-business customers from early summer. The BT Business Total Broadband tariff remains the same and includes BT Openzone Wi-Fi minutes.

About BT Business
BT Business understands the challenges that businesses face in the current climate, and supports cost control, improved productivity and winning business through product collections including business broadband & internet, domainsweb hosting, data & voice networks, IT solutions and mobile services.

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BT has launched the new BT Business Total Broadband hub, the first business broadband package to provide a free public Wi-Fi hotspot

Any business can now offer Wi-Fi to visitors – either as a free service or by selling BT Openzone vouchers to create a new revenue stream.

Perfect for firms including restaurants, hotels, cafes, doctor and dentist waiting rooms, the hotspot is automatically enabled in the new BT Business Total Broadband hubs at no extra cost. Hub owners buy BT Openzone access vouchers from BT and can choose to pass the vouchers to their customers or resell the prime business service and add revenue.

Users can check email, surf the web or make VoIP calls using a separate, secure internet channel at broadband speeds. The owner’s traffic is always prioritised and the owner and guest wireless network identifiers (SSIDs) are separately listed for security.

Visitors can get online using a BT Openzone voucher. In addition, all BT Openzone customers, BT consumer Total Broadband members of the BT FON community and BT Business customers with a mobile broadband service receive inclusive BT Openzone minutes as part of their broadband package.

In addition to the BT Business Total Broadband hotspots, customers can choose from more than 120,000 UK and Ireland commercial and residential locations including airports, railway stations, leading hotel chains, motorway service stations, coffee shops, marinas and extensive coverage across 12 major city centres.

The innovation means BT Business now provides the most complete broadband experience for customers, both inside and outside their homes. It follows a recent 35 per cent discount for Option 3 mobile broadband customers and savings of up to 34 per cent on the BT Talk Time mobile package, which now includes free mobile email offer and a BlackBerry Bold® when you sign up for 24 months.*

Bill Murphy, managing director BT Business said: “Offering Wi-Fi adds value and is good customer service. It can also allow businesses to make incremental revenue. The service is helping our customers stay online and keep productive during these times.”

20,000 existing customers have already received firmware to enable the hotspot in theirBT Business Hubs and a further 200,000 will receive the upgrade this quarter.

BT Business Total Broadband customers who wish to switch off the hotspot capability can do so using the Hub Manager on their desktops.

* The Free Blackberry BIS Email subscription excludes any additional services e.g. Satellite Navigation, Internet Calling or BT Business Email (charges apply). Offer extended until 31.3.09. Normal bolt-on price £5. BT Talk Time Subscription from £20.25 a month. Excludes Roaming. Requires 24 month term. Customers taking this offer can also take Satellite Navigation for the reduced rate of £5 a month. Conditions apply.

About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

BT Business understands the challenges that small and medium businesses face in the current climate, and supports cost control, improved productivity and winning business through core product collections including business broadband & internet, domains & web hosting, data & voice networks, IT solutions and mobile services.

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