UK Telecoms and ICT Index and Links - F

FAX or FACSIMILE
A system which provides the facility to transmit an exact copy image of a document from one location to another over the telephone network.

external links:Digital Mail
fax, phone and email messaging services
efax.co.uk
fax by email, web and broadcast services - no relation to efax.com which is a US based service
fax.co.uk
email to fax and SMS services

information sheets:Fax by email and web, and fax broadcasting services


FAX PREFERENCE SERVICE
Service established by the Direct Marketing Association to help reduce the chances of customers receiving unsolicited advertising communications via fax.

external links:Fax Preference Service

FAQs:What can I do about junk fax messages?

information sheets:Fax by email and web, and fax broadcasting services
Marketing by telephone or fax - law and the TPS and FPS 'Preference Services'
Update and clean mailing lists

related index entries:DATA PROTECTION
TELEPHONE PREFERENCE SERVICE


FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES

external links:Federation of Small Businesses


FIBRE OPTIC CABLE
Fibre optic cables are a direct replacement for conventional copper wire, co-axial cable and many forms of radio as the medium of transmission of electronic information. Signals are transmitted digitally as pulses of light, offering superior quality, high volume broadband transmissions and the capacity for a large number of channels.


FILE TRANSFER
The transfer of data files from one machine to another.

information sheets:Mobile Networking Using High Speed Data Services
Storing and transferring data


FIREWALL
Provides protection to a network from hacking and unauthorised access by filtering types of data, sources and destinations.

external links:Equiinet
Equiinet supply server appliances which make Internet connectivity, the administration of security and control of users easier for non-technical business managers.

information sheets:networking an Internet connection with a router
What is a server appliance - and why do you need one?

related index entries:SECURITY


FIXED LINE TELEPHONY
The term used for wired (copper and other cable) connections.

information sheets:Fixed landline business telecommunications services
telephone business on-line
uk residential fixed landline telephone and broadband services

related index entries:TELEPHONES - FIXED LINE
WIRELESS TELEPHONY


FREE CALL
An automated reverse charge mechanism whereby the caller pays nothing and the company receiving the call pays all charges. Free call or "freefone" numbers usually begin with 0800, 0500 or 0321.

related index entries:TELEPHONE NUMBERS


FRIACO - Flat Rate Internet Access Call Origination
The scheme whereby ISPs can offer unmetered access to their customers because BT and other operators offer fixed rates to them. ISPs still have to assess their bandwidth needs in advance and pay accordingly so congestion and engaged tones can occur. FRIACO is not designed for always-on access and most ISPs will drop the connection if there is no traffic and/or after a fixed time - say 2 hours. They may also reject customers who are considered to be flouting their terms of use - read the supply agreement!

external links:Net 4 Nowt
Lists and reviews ISPs and their services
The List
A list and reviews of UK ISPs

information sheets:Business Internet connection web hosting and services - buyer's guide
Getting connected to the Internet
Improving Internet connectivity with ISDN, ADSL, cable, broadband and mobile broadband
Non-geographic and premium rate number services

related index entries:BROADBAND
INTERNET


FTTC - Fibre to the Cabinet
FTTC - Fibre to the Cabinet is the method by which BT Openreach will provide its next generation network or super-fast broadband. Fibre will be laid to the local cabinets seen at the road side leaving a shorter run of existing copper wire over which to supply the end -user with a faster broadband service.

FAQs:I can't get ADSL. Is there an alternative?

information sheets:Business Internet connection web hosting and services - buyer's guide

features:Broadband bandwidth download speed

related index entries:SUPERFAST BROADBAND




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