Can Surfing the Web Make You a Smarter Senior?

Cognitive function improved by internet useWho knew that using the internet during your retirement years can boost your cognitive function!

Researchers examined the cognitive function of more than 2,000 retired people from across Europe and found that post-retirement internet usage is associated with substantially higher scores on tests. The Lancaster University research paper is available to read in full here: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/news/using-internet-in-retirement-boosts-cognitive-function.

If you’re thinking of retirement and need fast, affordable broadband, please get in touch.

Our internet is fully installed by our own team of installers, making it hassle-free for you, so you can enjoy retirement the way it should be!

You can view our pricing options here: https://www.6ginternet.com/6g-pricing

Wi-Fi Jargon Buster – Part 2

We’ve already busted the jargon around Wi-Fi inside your home but sadly the jargon doesn’t stop there! Here, we explain the technical terms for Wi-Fi outside of your home:

What does ADSL mean?

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. The most basic broadband connection available today. It is faster than older dial-up technologies but less reliable than fibre. It operates purely over copper telephone lines and sends data along these at speeds up to 24Mbps, though often much slower.

ADSL

What is FTTC?

Fibre To The Cabinet is a technology using a combination of fast fibre-optic cables and slower copper wires. Typically, the maximum download speed is up to 80Mbps and often much less.

Fibre to the cabinet FTTC

What does Cabinet mean?

These are the green boxes sited along our streets and roads. Our internet and phone connections come from there. Data is sent along copper or wire cables before being routed to our homes.

Cabinet

What is FTTP?

Fibre To The Premises does without the copper wires used in FTTC and delivers fast fibre-optic internet speeds of up to 1Gbps directly to the modem/router in your home. However, availability is currently limited and restricted to highly populated business and residential areas.

Fibre to the premises - FTTP

What is Air Fibre?

Air Fibre uses a combination or fibre-optic and wireless technologies to deliver ultrafast internet speeds. The technology is more future proof with speeds of up to 6Gbps expected within 5 years.

Air fibre

Wi-Fi Jargon Buster

Jargon busterBaffled by technical jargon when browsing for broadband? We can help you know your bits from your bytes…

What does Bit mean?

A bit is the smallest amount of data (0 or 1) used when describing the transfer speed of data. Not to be confused with bytes!

What does Bandwidth mean?

You will usually hear this referred to in bits per second (bps), megabits per second (Mbps), or even Gigabits per second (Gbps). It refers to the maximum amount of data transmitted during a specific amount of time – one second.

What does Ethernet mean?

This connects routers and internet enabled devices by wire within your home. The connection is more reliable than Wi-Fi and often preferred by
competitive gamers.

What does Byte mean?

A byte is a unit of data that contains 8 bits. Data storage and file size is usually described in terms of bytes whereas speed of internet is described in bits.

What does Download speed mean?

Like bandwidth, this is the speed at which your connection can receive data FROM the internet. You will see these referred to in Megabits
per second (Mbps) and Gigabits per second (Gbps).

What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a wireless network technology that uses radio signals to connect internet capable devices to a router which in turn connects to the internet.

Top Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online

Keeping Kids Safe OnlineFor Kids:

  • Use trusted websites and ask a responsible adult if in any doubt.
  • Talk to an adult before sharing any personal information such as your phone number or e-mail address.

For Parents:

  • Check your parental controls to help keep kids safe.
  • Talk to your child about which apps and sites they are using, then check the relevant privacy settings.

For more tips and advice on keeping kids safe online, visit www.gov.uk and search for “child safety online for parents”

6G Internet teams up with Burnley FC as it prepares to pitch high-quality broadband to town

Internet service provider 6G Internet is supporting Burnley FC in kicking off the football season after becoming an official business club member.

East Lancashire-based 6G Internet has linked up with the Clarets as the team begins its 2021/2022 Premier League campaign.

The business, based in Burnley, gave the club its backing ahead of a planned roll-out of its internet services in Burnley.

6G Internet has long-term plans to branch out even further afield across Lancashire and the North West.

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Phil Walker, from 6G Internet, with Paul Walsh, from Burnley FC

Phil Walker, director of 6G Internet, said both the link-up with Burnley FC and its expansion into the town showed the business’s commitment to become part of the community.

He said, “6G Internet is an established East Lancashire business that has always been proud of its roots so we are keen to become part of the fabric of the communities we serve.

“We were keen to show our support to the club when the opportunity presented itself and we are now looking forward to seeing the 6G Internet brand featured around Turf Moor and within match-day programmes as our relationship goes from strength to strength.

“We are now eagerly awaiting the extension of our network within the town.”

Business club membership includes a host of benefits, including the 6G Internet branding featuring on mid-tier LED displays during matches and a 24-hour LED screen outside Turf Moor.

Club Local Brand Partnership Executive Paul Walsh said, “We are always keen to forge alliances with Burnley businesses and so we are delighted to announce that 6G Internet has joined the Burnley FC Business Club. We would like to thank them for their support so far and we look forward to developing our work together in the future.”

Rather than using the copper cable network like its rivals, 6G Internet installs and uses its own network, enabling it to provide high-quality broadband without the wait or inconvenience of digging up roads to lay fibre-optic cables. The network is designed, built and managed by 6G Internet entirely, meaning it is not reliant on other parties such as telecommunications providers.

Phil said, “Taking this approach means 6G Internet can offer a network that is less expensive to run and can be expanded much faster than other providers.”

Since launch, 6G Internet has worked with community organisations such as churches, mosques, charities and schools to improve existing connections and create new initiatives for locals to access the internet.

Phil added, “We believe that for too many people, costs and long-term contracts are the barrier to being able to connect to the internet at home. However, being connected isn’t just about watching the latest movie. For some, an internet connection can be their only access to essential services such as healthcare, socialising, education and finance, which is why we remain committed to helping people get connected.”

How to Keep Kids Safe Online

Keeping kids safe onlineWith the NSPCC reporting a 60% increase in calls last year from parents concerned about their child being abused online, it is more important than ever to become online safe savvy and to protect our children the best we can.

Here are some ways we can do this:

Direct Supervision.

Nothing can beat directly supervising your child while they are online by joining in with their activities. Not only can you see and hear what they are doing in real time, you can also respond to and address any safety concerns immediately.

Make chatting about online safety a regular thing.

Where it is not possible or is impractical to supervise directly, encourage children to be at ease when talking about safety issues. They will feel more comfortable telling you if they have any online worries if discussions are a normal part of daily life. Explain simply to your child what they should do if they see something that worries them. For example, if someone they don’t know tries to contact them, then turn the screen off or put the phone face down and tell you straight away. You can also contact the Police on 101.

Become online safety savvy.

Learn about applying parental controls, setting privacy settings, checking age appropriateness of apps and consider content filtering software. These are just some of the ways you can help to keep your child safe online

What can affect Wi-Fi signal strengths & speeds in your home?

What can affect Wi-Fi signal speed and strength

If you’ve experienced the frustration of slow or non-existent Wi-Fi in certain areas of your home, here are some of the most common causes:

Location of your router: How close you are to the router will determine how strong the signal to your device is. Moving your router to a central part of your house or where Wi-Fi is most used, will help with your signal strength.

Number of devices connected: Even if you usually have a great signal but suddenly experience intermittent speeds or buffering, the cause of this can be the number of devices connected using up the bandwidth. Disconnecting devices that aren’t in use will free up bandwidth, allowing you to stream buffer-free.

Wi-Fi devices speed and signal strength

Your house: Brick walls, steel, wooden doors etc. can all cause an obstruction as ultimately, your Wi-Fi signal has to transmit through these different materials. Unfortunately, this one is out of your control

Wi-Fi devices and signal strength through materials

Top Tip: Using an ethernet cable gives you a faster, more reliable and secure connection to the internet, when compared to a wireless connection.

6G Internet Partners with Blackburn Rovers – 2021/2022 Season

6G Internet will help Blackburn Rovers kick off the new football season after becoming an official partner of the club.

Phil Walker, director of 6G Internet, said “6G Internet is an established East Lancashire business that has always been proud of its roots, so we are keen to become part of the fabric of the communities we serve. When the opportunity with Blackburn Rovers arose, we were eager to show our support for the town’s favourite football club and we look forward to seeing this partnership flourish as the team progresses on the pitch this season.”

6G Internet, which initially launched in Blackburn, has ambitious plans to roll out its technology even further afield and is set to open a new retail outlet in the town centre. ‘The WI-FI Centre – brought to you by 6G Internet’ is expected to open its doors in The Mall later this month, offering customers a one-stop shop for all their Wi-Fi queries and needs.

We believe both the link-up with Rovers and the launch of The WI-FI Centre shows the business’ commitment to become part of the community in Blackburn.

Marc Mitchell, Rovers’ Commercial Sales & Partnership Manager, added: “It is important for the club to develop strong links with the community, so we are delighted to welcome 6G Internet into our commercial portfolio as an official club partner.”

For more information about Blackburn Rovers, please click here

Burnley’s 6G Internet invests to expand high-speed internet service into home town

Burnley internet service provider 6G Internet, is bringing improved connectivity to the area with high-speed broadband, using its own innovative technology. 

The business, founded and headquartered in the town, is investing in expanding its network to enable homes and businesses to enjoy high-quality, faster broadband speeds.

The network, which uses 6G Internet’s own air fibre technology, will enable users to receive speeds of up to 100Mbps.

6G Internet, based in Simonstone, is currently installing telegraph poles in Burnley and its surrounding areas, with the service set to go live in the coming months.

The network is gigabit ready, meaning that as internet speeds increase, there will be no need to upgrade the infrastructure.

Phil Walker, director of 6G Internet, said it was an important step for the business’s home town. He said, “Parts of Burnley still suffer from poor connectivity, which we believe is unacceptable at a time when increasing numbers of people rely on the internet to enable them to work from home.

“6G Internet is committed to improving the lives of those in the communities we serve and we are delighted to roll out our network to Burnley and its surrounding areas. Residents may have seen our teams out installing poles with our fibre-optic cables in their neighbourhoods and we look forward to the service going live, enabling many more people to take advantage of faster, cheaper internet.”

The business, which already provides internet services to more than 1,000 homes in Blackburn, has designed, built and also manages its own network, meaning it is not reliant on other parties such as telecommunications providers.

The technology is all above ground, using fibre-optic cables fixed to telegraph poles rather than using the copper cable network like 6G Internet’s rivals. The innovative approach enables 6G Internet to provide high-quality broadband without the wait or inconvenience of digging up roads to lay cables.

Crucially, customers do not need a landline to access the internet, using 6G Internet. The service is transmitted from the masts to a receiver fitted to their roof, giving access to 100Mbps connectivity.

Phil said, “Our network is a lot quicker and easier to manage, removing the need to cause disruption by digging up roads. We already provide services to more than 1,000 homes in Blackburn and we have plans to expand to other parts of Lancashire in the future.”

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About 6G Internet
6G Internet began in 2013 with the goal to provide high quality broadband, without the wait or the inconvenience of road digging to install more fibre-optic cables.

6G are proud to work with IX Wireless to introduce a gigabit network to Blackburn

As a local broadband provider we are proud to be working with IX Wireless who have gained Government praise and recognition for introducing a gigabit network to Blackburn.

Government Minister officially launches Blackburn’s gigabit broadband network.

The gigabit broadband network across the Lancashire town of Blackburn has been officially launched.

Oliver Dowden CBE, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, spoke about the ‘game changing’ network being rolled out across the region in a virtual launch this week.

He was joined by founder of IX Wireless, Tahir Mohsan and Philip Walker CFO.

The company is managing the 6G Internet in towns in the North of England, providing gigabit internet at lower prices than providers such as Virgin and BT.

Mr Dowden said, “I am delighted to join you for the virtual opening of your Blackburn gigabit network, which is really going to provide some of the fastest broadband on the planet to tens of thousands of people across the North West and it is all part of this government’s once in a lifetime upgrade to the digital infrastructure.”

“I would like to really pay tribute to you and other alternative network providers in that mission, particularly in the North West. The Blackburn network has been built in only nine months and I know you have got very exciting ambitions to reach another 250,000 premises this year and to reach 4 million premises by 2025.”

The minister was keen to stress how the network was helping charities and community groups in the area, “You are also giving back to communities you connect. So, 20 percent of your capacity is being given to social causes that connect places such as school children for free.

“It really does show how much we can achieve when we bring together the power of private investments and government programmes along with close collaboration with local government.

“Project Gigabit is the levelling up game changer. Northern towns and cities are getting gigabit first in a big boost for the region and it means people will be able to run a business from anywhere.

“They will be able to move to places that were previously in that box of ‘left behind’ but are now affordable and attractive places to move to and raise a family.”

Mr Dowden said post lockdown the network would help businesses and residents across the region.

“The work you are doing is a central part of our recovery from coronavirus and our bid to build back better from the pandemic. Homegrown operators help provide thousands of jobs across the telecom sector and this once in a lifetime upgrade of the nation’s network will mean we are more productive than ever boosting our economy when it needs it.”

Executive member for regeneration in Blackburn with Darwen Council, Phil Riley said, “At the present time, we have got some of the fastest broadband in the country. That is the sign of the town looking up and to the future.”

“We were the first borough to take up this opportunity and other local councils have followed suit.

“We have worked closely with the company to minimise any inconvenience throughout the process.

“The result is we have something which is a real asset for the residents and will eventually become a major asset for the businesses in the borough too.”