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Business advice: ‘Can I work for someone else when I’m on furlough?’

Plus, what to do if you became self-employed on Feb 1, 2020, and have not been eligible to make a return as yet. Q: I've been furloughed by my company, but I'm going to be out of pocket. Can I get work with another company while furloughed? A: Businesses use furlough as an alternative to laying off staff, writes Jessica Beard. It is a way of keeping employees on the payroll while not paying ...
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5G is being rolled out in Australia. Is the radiation safe?

By the end of this year, a new super-fast mobile network will be operating in all major capital cities and regional areas in Australia. 5G represents the fifth generation of mobile network technology, and it promises to be as much of a leap forward as 4G mobile broadband was back in 2011. As the rollout proceeds, however, it's become a focal point for longstanding concerns about the health eff...
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DIDcomms’s response to COVID-19

To all our customers, Over the last week or so, our team has been talking a lot about how we can support DIDcomms customers as people's behaviour changes and needs change in response to COVID-19 Coronavirus. As a VoIP telephone network that supplies internet-based telephony services, we have the ability to continue to operate as normal, and our team will remain available for anyone who needs sup...
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How 5G works and is it really safe!

Is 5G safe? Many people have questions about 5G. What is 5G? Is 5G safe? Will 5G make it easier for me to get hacked? In this article, we’ll answer common questions about 5G technology based on the best available current information. What is 5G? 5G is a type of wireless technology. 5G includes a number of next-generation cellphone and cellular data transfer technologies. 3G was really the 1st g...
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Let’s dispel the myths around the ISDN and PSTN phase-out!

Hard selling in the telecoms industry is rampant at the moment and a lot of this appears to be being driven by BT and BT Local Business themselves. Customers have received communications from BT telling them that ISDN and traditional analogue lines are imminently going to be switched off, they even compare this to the analogue and digital (IP)TV changeover. So what is the truth behind this? Ope...
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Digitization of the UK telecoms infrastructure

The UK telecoms infrastructure is being upgraded to an ALL IP service and communication providers such as BT, Virgin Media, and others are starting the transition process. The analog service (PSTN) is expected to be switched off by 2025. Although this is correct, the fact is that BT and other fixed line providers, still have not come up with a working plan to convert home and business phone sys...
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Get ready for Brexit on 31 October 2019

Businesses and organisations Businesses and self-employed If you trade any goods or services with the EU you’ll need to get ready for Brexit. For example, you need to take action if you: export goods to the EU import goods from the EU transport goods by road export animals or animal products export services to the EU move goods between Ireland and...
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New rules to combat high call costs and 070 scams

October 1st, 2019 DEADLINE. Changes to 070 numbering call costs. Phone users will be protected from high charges for calling ‘070’ numbers – which are often mistaken for mobiles but cost much more to call. Ofcom has decided to cap the wholesale cost of connecting 070 calls, to help protect callers from fraud and unexpected call costs. 070 numbers are designed to be used as a ‘follow me’ servi...
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UK parliament suspended amid Brexit chaos. Bedtime browsing? It’s a thing, and more top news

UK parliament has been suspended until 14 October after prime minister Boris Johnson was once again denied a pre-Brexit election. Johnson told a raucous parliament, that he was committed to taking the UK out of the EU at the end of October. MPs will return for a Queen’s Speech in mid-October. Commons Speaker and MP John Bercow announced that he will stand down at the next election or on 31 October...
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£1bn cash pot for 50 high streets, Bank of mum and dad is going bust helping homebuyers, and more top news

Fifty towns in England will be given a share of £1bn to tackle the high street crisis that has left one in 10 shops in UK town centres lying empty. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) declared an additional £325m in funding to the £675m High Street Fund announced by then chancellor Philip Hammond last year. The money could be used by towns — including Blackpool. Scar...
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