With 2023 in full swing, we’d like to look back at some of our most popular blog posts of 2022. Check out our top 5 most popular blog posts.
The Impact of Outages
In December 2022, the government of Canada released a list of the top 10 weather stories of the year. The top two events on the list, Hurricane Fiona in Atlantic Canada and the derecho in Ottawa, had a big impact on our staff and customers, with some going up to 10 days without electricity. Naturally, our blog posts that highlight how to prepare for the next big weather event garnered a lot of views.
1. Powering Through Uncertain Times with Generac Generators attracted the attention of those who lost power during Ottawa’s May storm. The post introduced small to medium-sized businesses to affordable generator options proving you don’t have to be a large company to benefit from a backup power solution. While the benefits of owning a generator during a power outage are well understood, the post also details how an Ontario hospital leveraged generators to save money on their monthly electricity costs. Read the full post here.
2. Ensure Reliable Communication in an Emergency with LEO Satellites covered the importance of backup internet connectivity in emergency situations. Hurricane Fiona knocked out internet service for thousands of people in Atlantic Canada. While first responders were able to communicate via two-way radio, municipal and provincial emergency response officials without internet or phone service couldn’t correspond with each other. This is a problem that emergency officials in rural areas have been dealing with for years. Even in perfect weather conditions, unreliable service in rural areas can hamper emergency response. This post explores the ways in which low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites can help solve connectivity challenges during an emergency. Read the full post here.
3. The post Why Your Business Needs Wireless Failover dealt with another large network outage that was not weather related. In July, one of Canada’s major telecommunications provider’s networks went down. Even though the outage only lasted a day, it had a significant impact. Millions lost internet and cellular service. Government services were disrupted, 9-1-1 calls couldn’t be placed, and businesses couldn’t process debit transactions. Our post, Why Your Business Needs Wireless Failover, delved into the benefits of backup connectivity systems for businesses. Read the full post here.
The Importance of Connectivity
The two remaining posts on our top 5 list cover how internet connectivity can benefit the economy and the planet as a whole.
4. The post Investing in the Economy with Broadband looked at how broadband access can impact the Canadian economy. A report by the World Broadband Association concluded that high-quality fiber infrastructure must be available to 100% of the population to sustain economic growth. Rural Canada generates 30% of Canada’s GDP, yet, only 54% of rural Canadians have access to the internet. This post explores how rural broadband can impact Canada’s economy as well as options for getting all of Canada connected. Read the full post here.
5. Beyond the economic benefits, the UN states that broadband access can help eliminate poverty, hunger and violence worldwide, which is why their Sustainable Development Goals call for universal high-speed internet access by 2030. Our post Building an Inclusive and Sustainable World with Broadband details the role of broadband in achieving 9 of the UN’s 17 goals. Read the full post here.
We’re looking forward to bringing you even more informative content in the new year. Have a topic you’d like us to cover? Drop it in the comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog by filling out the form on the top right of this page to stay updated on the latest telecommunications news.