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The What and When of IoT Adoption

One country’s regulator shakes its crystal ball…

Take-away: The IoT market structure in a 2017 UK Ofcom report provides a framework that spans segmentation by business (B2B) and consumer (B2C), public and private sector.

IoT: what and when?

Do you know which market sectors will adopt the Internet-of-Things (IoT) most rapidly? Industry authors have asked this question in the context of business (B2B) and consumer (B2C) markets. [1] It will also be one of the topics of debate as Cisco brings together industry experts at the IoT World Forum (22-24 May, 2017).

Although policy makers and regulators have published reports on the importance of IoT within their jurisdictions, [2] there has been a reluctance by this type of organisation to commit to forecasts. As recently as January 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce could justify a wait-and-see approach, by referring to “premature [IoT] quantification and metrics”.

The commissioning of a report by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom indicates a pioneering willingness by a national regulator to forecast the scale of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Read the full article online

Source - Forbes

What Is The Internet Of Things - A Complete Beginner’s Guide In 2017

Amazon Echo. FitBit. Even your coffee pot.

While you might be thinking “one of these things is not like the other,” they are all examples of the Internet of Things (IoT).

They are all everyday objects that can be connected to the internet and be recognized by other devices and contribute info to a database. The Internet of Things describes Internet V.2, where data is created by things.

Kevin Ashton, digital innovation expert who is credited with coining the term, defines the Internet of Things in this quote:

“If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using data they gathered without any help from us—we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best.”

Now that the Internet of Things has made the physical world one enormous information system, how will the Internet of Things impact business in 2017?

Read the full article on the Forbes website.

MLR Networks Joins ShoreTel Champion Partner Program

MLR Networks announced today they will begin selling and delivering ShoreTel® unified communications solutions as a new Authorized Champion Partner. ShoreTel, Inc., the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications (UC), has designed the Champion Partner Program to strengthen the relationship between ShoreTel and its partners to provide end-customers with a brilliantly simple UC solution. The program’s goal is to advance and grow both companies’ market share in the UC industry, while ensuring every customer continues to be delighted with their ShoreTel experience.

“We’re pleased to welcome value-added partners into the Champion Partner Program to deliver our innovative products and leading business solutions, especially those like MLR Networks that have a commitment to sales and technical training, infrastructure development, and a focus on customer service,” said Adrian Hipkiss, senior vice president of worldwide sales at ShoreTel.

“We are delighted to become a ShoreTel Champion Partner and add their multi-award winning platform to our portfolio.  We believe ShoreTel is both the right fit for MLR Networks and our customers, giving us a true differentiator for SMB’s in both the on-premise and hosted voice markets,’ Ian Morris, Managing Director, MLR Networks Ltd.

About MLR Networks
MLR Networks is an IT network infrastructure specialist, supplying copper and fibre cabling, wireless networks, LAN infrastructure and telephony systems, all supported by our specialised service desk staff.  Customers come from all industries and sectors across the UK, from small single-site operations to large multi-national corporations, both public and private sector.

About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications (UC) products, cloud services and IP phone systems powering today’s always-on workforce. Its flexible communications solutions for contact centers and cloud, onsite and hybrid UC environments eliminate complexity, reduce cost and improve productivity. Recognized for its industry-leading customer experience and support, ShoreTel’s innovative contact center solutions, application integration, collaboration tools, mobility, SIP trunking and business phones enable users to communicate and collaborate no matter the time, place or device, with minimal demand on IT resources. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit

ShoreTel and the ShoreTel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ShoreTel, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

New Case Study

Read about how MLR Networks has helped hotels see technology the right way…


Hotel guests expect fast reliable Wi-Fi as a matter of course and even the smallest of hotels offer guests free Wi-Fi.Village Hotels planned to offer even more IP services such as allowing guests to access their own media content through internet TV services, smart fitness equipment in the gym and self-check in using tablets. And in the meetings and events areas, Village Hotels wanted to guarantee high-bandwidth secure wireless service as part of its conference packages.

“MLR Networks recommended Cisco Meraki as a solution which would support our plans for wireless in the hotels. Having one control dashboard covering the whole of the portfolio was key. We’d have greater visibility and a much easier way to manage the whole network.”
Neil Cryer, Head of IT Operations and Projects at Village Hotels.

Read the full case study on our website.

Alternatively you can download the PDF from our website.

(Source - CISCO)

Keeping hospital patients connected – one family’s Wi-Fi experience

For those who follow me on social media or listen to my podcasts, you’ll know that I am an unashamed geek – and that much of the time, I geek-out defiantly about Wi-Fi.

But until my mother went into hospital for a routine operation, it hadn’t occurred to me how much my family and I would end up relying on Wi-Fi. I could spend the rest of this blog discussing how the hospital uses Wi-Fi to connect medical devices, clinical staff and monitor equipment. This is of course correct, but what I want to talk about is the positive impact Wi-Fi has had on my family.

The hospital in question has Wi-Fi everywhere – and I mean everywhere. And they allow access to patients and visitors, simply and easily with just a couple of clicks. This is especially helpful because my mum isn’t young, so needs to be able to connect her tablet device to the internet quickly and easily.

Keeping her connected to the whole family is hugely important, and being able to use her tablet for video calls with her children and grandchildren helps keep her happy.

Sounds easy – but is it?

However, while making a video call might be simple at home, with just a handful of devices connected to your home network, it’s a different story in a hospital setting.  Here there are multitudes of patient and visitor devices plus staff and clinical devices, all relying on the Wi-Fi access, with many of them critical to the quality of patient care.

Achieving a great experience for virtually everyone and everything in the building isn’t easy therefore, but this NHS Trust has worked hard to design and build a Wi-Fi network that is second to none. Some of the best practices it uses are covered in my podcast with some of Cisco’s top Wi-Fi experts:

And in a week when we’ve learned that phone services in NHS hospitals are costing as much as 50p a minute and a month’s worth of bedside TV services can cost as much as an annual TV licence fee, the Wi-Fi access for patients and loved ones becomes even more important.

Read more online…

Fiber: Not Just for the Backbone Anymore

Liverpool Business Fair 2017  -  21st March

MLR Networks are delighted to be showcasing their products and services at the Liverpool Business Fair on 21st March 2017 at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium in the new stand. MLR Networks and our team of experts are looking forward to meeting fellow North-West businesses to talk about our various IT solutions including cabling, wireless networks and telephony solutions.

Liverpool Business Fair is an event for local businesses.  It’s free to attend and visitors can attend one of the many interesting and informative workshops at the event.  To pre-register for your ticket, please click here and complete the online form.

MLR Networks is pleased to announce the addition of Hosted Voice to its portfolio of voice and video products.  Hosted Voice is a cloud-hosted telephony solution to suit both small and large multi-site businesses.

For a low, fixed monthly fee, you will have access to a fully featured voice platform including auto-attendant, voicemail to email, call recording, and conferencing.  The solution suits almost all business types and sizes, from small one user companies to larger multi-sites companies.

“The Hosted Voice solution perfectly complements our existing voice and video product set, as it’s a great solution for companies who need a fully-featured telephone system but don’t want to be burdened with the costly line-rental, call costs and maintenance associated to traditional telephony” says Richard Leigh, Sales Director at MLR Networks.

MLR Networks is a network infrastructure specialist, supplying on premise voice, video and contact centre solutions, as part of its wider portfolio of network solutions to include copper and fibre optic cabling, wireless networking, switching and routing. 

View the Product Page on our website.

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