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How cheaper international calls are helping businesses in Africa



Enterprise in Africa is growing, with a large number of businesses increasing in size and many companies emerging as international players. The developing continent is reaching out to the rest of the world and many European and American businesses are starting to establish links with African companies.

In the past, businesses in Africa were prevented from taking part in international trading and service provision because communication costs were so high. Intercontinental calling prices have always exceeded domestic calling charges, leaving companies in less developed areas struggling to keep up with the rest of the world. With cheaper mobile and land based calls available from services such as Planet Numbers, it is easier than ever for smaller businesses to forge links and open up new markets.

Being able to speak via the telephone is vital when doing business with people in other countries. An email is impersonal and doesn’t always convey the right message, while a conversation ensures that both parties get to have their say and reduces the chance of misunderstandings. Communication through the internet is also making a big difference to the way companies in Africa do business, and is linking partners domestically and internationally.

Saving costs – and the planet!

The savings made through cheaper international calls are of huge benefit to smaller businesses, and should give them an advantage when it comes to making trade connections. The lower calling costs are also going to have a big impact on the planet, reducing time spent travelling to overseas locations. Many corporations in the Western world use offshore companies for parts of their service delivery, and therefore need to be able speak with these outsourced departments at times.

High calling costs often meant it was more practical to travel to a location in person. With lowered calling costs, better signal throughout the world and a range of communicative innovations, virtual meetings are possible and more business can be done remotely. This is keeping people out of the air and reducing the flight time needed, which is a great way of reducing the planet’s carbon footprint.

We all want to make a more positive impact on the world, and linking us all together through cheaper international calls is one way to ensure that we can work for the benefit of the planet. Any innovation which delivers greener solutions is having a positive effect on the world, and we can all be grateful for that. In particular, cheaper calls mean that places where communication used to be difficult can now link with the rest of the world more easily and can build greater opportunities for working together.

As communication costs fall and telecommunications become accessible to all, we can start to benefit from the skills and talents developing countries have to offer.

If you would like to know more about cheaper international dialling or for details on obtaining new numbers and more, Planet Numbers can give you all the information you need.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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