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Mini & Mighty! The New Mylion Mini UPS

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Mylion Mini UPS. A cutting-edge solution designed to ensure that your customers’ essential devices are always powered up, no matter the circumstances. This small, compact, yet mighty UPS can be conveniently connected to devices, serving as a reliable alternative power supply during power outages. With OFCOM’s guidelines emphasising the need for adequate support for vulnerable users and services, there’s never been a better time to ensure compliance. What’s more, we’ve bundled it with a neat adapter kit making it easy for you to connect ANY device.

Why Choose Mylion Mini UPS?

The Mylion Mini UPS is not just another battery backup; it’s a trusted companion in keeping your customers devices running without interruption. Ideal for a variety of devices, including WiFi Routers, IP Phones, Access Control Units, CCTV Cameras and Smart Home Monitors, this compact yet powerful Uninterruptible Power Supply is a must-have for anyone looking to enhance their device reliability.

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Key Features:

Battery:

Equipped with a durable Li-ion battery for extended use.

Backup Time:

Offers up to 4 hours of consistent operation*.

Safety:

Includes an anti-fire case and temperature protection for enhanced device safety.

Certifications:

Rigorously tested and certified by CE, FCC, and UL for your confidence and peace of mind.

Always Connected:

Bid farewell to the hassles of power outages. The Mylion Mini UPS automatically shifts from AC to UPS power, providing uninterrupted operation of your devices. It features a certified lithium-ion battery and a smart protection system that activates at temperatures above 70°C, all encased in a robust, fire-resistant casing.

Wide Application:

The Mylion Mini UPS is suitable for a vast array of applications, whether it’s for ensuring home security, supporting vulnerable users as per OFCOM’s guidelines, maintaining constant connectivity for home workers, or powering personal electronics. Using the connected devices 12v power supply to power and charge the Mini UPS, the UPS acts as a bridge between your device and the power supply.  We also provide additional cable lengths and a DC adaptor bundle, ensuring that any device can benefit from the Mylion Mini UPS.

Ready to Stay Powered?

Avoid the inconvenience of power outages. Order your Mylion Mini UPS today and stay both powered and in line with Ofcom regulations. To place your order, simply contact our experts at 01484 840048 or contact@provu.co.uk.

*The UPS devices we currently offer are suitable for low power devices. For connecting devices with a larger power consumption, please speak with a member of our team.

Your Switch Off Checklist

It’s estimated that around 33%* of businesses are still using ISDN as their underlying communications infrastructure. Collectively, the Channel has a big job to do. With our range of products and services, we’re here to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption for your customers, enabling you to maximise the opportunities that are available.

We’ve put together a switch off checklist to cover all bases when it comes to helping customers navigate the switch off.

Customer Types:

Budget Conscious/Committed to existing systems: Eager to Upgrade:
Whether there’s a reluctance to upgrade, complex cabling or budget constraints, the following product lines could be the key to these customers:

The switch off poses the perfect opportunity to upgrade outdated systems. We offer a range of solutions for those looking to explore different options:

The Cross-Sell

But that’s not all! For all types of customers, there are some crucial considerations that they may not have thought about when deciding how to proceed with the switch-off:

Routers and APs

Do they have the necessary hardware to support the new VoIP devices and ensure comprehensive coverage?

UPS Devices

Are their critical systems adequately protected and capable of functioning during power outages or emergencies?

IP Alerting

Have they considered the need for an IP alerting system to replace their existing one? Many overlook the connection between their phone lines and alerting systems.

Access Control & Intercoms

If they haven’t updated these systems recently, they may soon find them becoming obsolete with the switch-off.

With our range of technical services and support, these items can become a simple cross-sell – we can even arrange the installation for you. Or why not let us train your team or provide remote installation support. We’ve got everything you need to seize the opportunities that the switch-off will bring, ensuring a smooth transition for both you and your customers.

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Register Today for our upcoming Partner Day

Register today for your free place at our upcoming partner day on 29th November when we will be sharing more details of how we can support you in making the switch off a success for your business.Claim your free ticket today to enjoy a jam-packed day with:

  • Insightful Presentations
  • Vendor representatives on hand to answer your questions
  • A showcase of our sponsor’s latest devices
  • ProVu colleagues on hand to take you through our full range of services
  • Drinks reception and virtual clay pigeon shooting

All expertly crafted to prepare you for the biggest shake-up in the public phone network.

Claim your free place today!

Whatever your requirements are, we’ve got your back. Call us on 01484 840048 or email contact@provu.co.uk to discuss how we can support you in maximising your opportunities in the lead up to the switch off and beyond.

*Data source taken from Computer Weekly.

Ensuring Uninterrupted Security: The Power of UPS for Your Building

We understand that ensuring the security of your customers’ premises is a top priority, and disruptions caused by power outages or tampering can pose serious challenges. Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS) offer a powerful solution that not only keep your security systems active during power interruptions but also ensures your peace of mind with easy installation.

Think about this!

A power cut in the dead of night or someone tampering with your customers’ building power connection could happen anytime. In these crucial moments, the UPS steps in, seamlessly taking over to keep security features up and running. This means that surveillance cameras, access control systems, and alarms continue to function without interruption. Offering a failsafe solution to ensure that security remains steadfast, regardless of external factors.

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The distinct benefits of integrating UPS for security purposes include:

Continuous Surveillance

Maintain an unblinking eye on your premises, day and night, even during power outages.

Reliable Access Control

Ensure that your access control systems remain operational, granting authorised personnel secure entry.

Instant Alerts

Receive alerts and notifications without disruption, so you can respond to potential threats in real time.

Comprehensive Protection

Safeguard your assets, personnel, and sensitive data by maintaining an unbroken security shield.

Finding the Right Fit

Our UPS solutions are tailored to fit your unique security needs, providing your customers with a robust defence against unforeseen disruptions. Experience uninterrupted security coverage with the power of UPS.

To learn more about how UPS can bolster your security strategy, contact our experts at 01484 840048 or contact@provu.co.uk. We’re here to provide you with the solutions you need to keep your customers’ premises safe, secure, and protected, no matter the circumstances.

*The UPS devices we currently offer are suitable for low power devices. For connecting devices with a larger power consumption, please speak with a member of our team.

Are You Switch Off Ready?

As we approach the UK end of sale date for new ISDN lines it’s a good time to ensure you have the right products available to your customers. In light of the switch off, it’s reported that BT will need to transition more than 14 million lines across the UK to accommodate for this digital transformation. With approximately a third* of UK businesses still utilising traditional telephone systems, the business opportunity is huge! Here’s a reminder of how we can help you to maximise your leads.

Deskphones - Discover ProVu's Offering

Desk & Cordless Phones

We partner with the world’s leading manufacturers to offer an extensive range of deskphones and cordless handsets. Whatever budget or requirements you’re working with, we have a handset for you.


Door Entry Solutions

IP Door Entry & Alerting

It’s not just phones! Many people are still utilising analogue door entry systems and alerting devices. We offer a range of IP alternatives making it simple to upgrade these devices.

What’s more, we can even support you with the installation of these devices, helping you to maximise the opportunities available, speak with us to find out more.


Gateways - Prepare for the Switch Off with ProVu

Gateways, SBCs and ATAs

With the ongoing price increases not everyone will be in a position to, or want to completely update their entire systems. We offer a host of VoIP gateways, SBCs (Session Border Controllers) and ATAs (Analogue Telephony Adaptors) to enable the use of legacy hardware, helping to minimise costs and disruption.


UPS Devices - Supporting the Switch Off

UPS Devices

As per Ofcom’s guidelines, any VoIP Service must be supplied with a battery back-up or mobile device to enable vulnerable people to contact the emergency services in the event of a power outage. Discover our range of UPS devices; with options to suit business and residential use, we’ll help you meet the recommended requirements.


Cloud-Based Telephony

Telephone Systems, Cloud-Based Solutions & Headsets

Ideal for hybrid working and hot desk environments, softphone clients and cloud-based telephony systems offer a great option for those looking for a web or mobile-based solution.

Headsets and cloud-based solutions often go hand in hand, we can also help you source the right headset for your solution.


Routers - Preparing for the Switch Off

Routers

Without a reliable internet connection, VoIP is redundant. Discover our range of routers, designed to ensure a reliable connectivity. From robust business-grade devices to budget friendly, end user options, our router offering will help your customers to keep connected.


What the PSTN Switch Off means to the Telco World

We also offer a range of flexible payment options so your customers can spread the associated costs over an agreed fixed term. Speak with us to discuss the options available.

Whatever your requirements are, we’ve got your back. Call us on 01484 840048 or email *Data source taken from Computer Weekly.

5 ways SMB’s can benefit from UPS

Unfortunately, unexpected power outages can happen to any business at any time. We’ve all been there; staff are often left with little to do and are fighting to clear out the stationery cupboard. What if we could help you to minimise the disruption? With the help of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), we can help your business stay connected even when the power is out.

Safeguard your Business with a UPS Solution

1. Uninterrupted Power
In the event of a mains power failure, UPS devices can provide a seamless, uninterrupted power supply. This ensures that all attached business devices remain operational, preventing any potential data loss during work. Additionally, it maintains power between mains failure and generator start-up, allowing for a smooth transition between power sources. Whether you’re on the phone when an outage occurs or working on an important document, a UPS will protect you from being disconnected.
2. Stay compliant with OFCOM regulations.
As we edge closer to the 2025 PSTN switch off, service providers will be required to offer at least one backup solution to customers to enable them to access emergency services in the instance of a power outage. UPS devices can play a pivotal role in helping businesses stay compliant by providing access to publicly available telephone services (PATS) with at least 1 hour of backup power.
3. Surge Protection
Constantly checking the incoming voltage, a UPS can detect any sudden increases or drops in power. If it senses that something harmful is happening, it will switch to an alternate power source to prevent any damage to the equipment connected to it. Once the danger has passed, the UPS will switch back to using the main power supply.
4. Cost
Have you considered the cost of lost productivity or the expense of recreating and recovering lost data? By installing a UPS, you can ensure that workstations stay up and running, no matter what. This is particularly crucial if you’re working on time-sensitive projects, handling sensitive data or information, or facing other similar scenarios.
5. Opportunity to Backup Essential Data
By implementing a UPS solution, employees can have the opportunity to securely back up their critical data and power off their workstations and servers, thus minimising the risk of data loss.

The reality is that power outages cost businesses money.


Meet The Range…

VI 650 SB

VI 600 STL

VI 2200 STL

Supports the Connection of 2 x 3-Pin UK power outlets


Up to 1 hour battery back-up**

Supports the Connection of 3 x 3-pin UK power outlets


Up to 2 hours battery back-up**

Supports the Connection of 4 x 3-pin UK power outlets


Up to 4 hours battery back-up**

Devices to Suit Businesses of All Sizes

Looking for a more enterprise-focused device? There are a wide range of UPS devices avaialble on the market, ranging from desktop devices for residential use, to rack mountable options for server rooms. Get in touch with our Team to discuss your requirements, they will be happy to help.

Discover the PowerWalker Range

Speak to a member of our expert team today to discuss your projects. We can help to ensure the devices quoted will meet your customers’ requirements. Call us on 01484 840048 or email contact@provu.co.uk.

**The UPS devices we currently offer are suitable for low power devices. For connecting devices with a larger power consumption, please speak with a member of our team.

A Back UP(S) For Remote Working

According to the ONS, it’s reported that around 44% of workers in the UK work either at home or in a hybrid environment. Many companies have invested in their hardware to support this shift over the last few years. But what happens when there’s a power outage?

At the time of writing this, there were 37 power outages in the North of England* alone. For those working remotely, this could result in:

UPS supporting Hybrid Working
  • A loss of internet connection, resulting in a lack of online presence
  • Team members unable to answer important calls
  • Hours of working time lost
  • The loss of unsaved work

The reality is that power outages cost businesses money.


Avoid Downtime With A UPS

UPS devices offer an ideal solution for those looking to minimise the disruption caused by a loss of power and to protect equipment from overvoltage and act as surge protection. Available for around 40% of the cost of a mid-range handset, they’re a worthwhile investment to ensure business continuity for remote workers.


Meet The Range…

VI 650 SB

VI 600 STL

VI 2200 STL

Supports the Connection of 2 x 3-Pin UK power outlets


Up to 1 hour battery back-up*

Supports the Connection of 3 x 3-pin UK power outlets


Up to 2 hours battery back-up*

Supports the Connection of 4 x 3-pin UK power outlets


Up to 4 hours battery back-up*

Discover the PowerWalker Range

Speak to a member of our expert team today to discuss your projects. We can help to ensure the devices quoted will meet your customers’ requirements. Call us on 01484 840048 or email contact@provu.co.uk.

*Figure obtained from Northern Powergrid’s website 5th May 2023.

**The UPS devices we currently offer are suitable for low power devices. For connecting devices with a larger power consumption, please speak with a member of our team.

UPS Devices: How to Protect Business Continuity

 

Have you considered the different opportunities UPS devices could bring to you and your customers?

As a low-cost investment, they can be a great addition to ensure business continuity in the event of a power outage. Whether you’re supplying to SMBs, or online streamers, discover how we can help you to keep them connected.

Where can they be useful?

Wherever power is required, there’s a UPS to suit. Regardless of the application, we can help you to ensure a continued power supply. Take a look at some of our suggested use cases.

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Hybrid Working

UPS supporting Hybrid Working Power cuts can result in hours of lost time and depending on the individual’s role a reduced service for your customer’s business. UPS devices can be used to provide battery back-up to routers and computers*, helping to avoid downtime.

Securing Premises

UPS supporting security For premises with Failsafe locks, security may become compromised in the event of a power cut. Talk to us about how we can help you to assure premises remain secure at all times.

Online Streaming

UPS supporting online streaming Perhaps you supply to gamers who want to ensure their content streams are protected. A UPS device can be used to ensure an uninterrupted service.

Ofcom Regulations

UPS and Ofcom Regs UPS devices can also be a great option to ensure your services are compliant with Ofcom’s regulations. Find out more about the change in rules which will come into effect in 2025.

What the PSTN Switch off means to the Telco World

Finding the Right Fit

There are a wide range of devices available on the market, ranging from desktop devices for residential use, to rack mountable options for server rooms. Speak with a member of our team today to discuss your options and find the best devices for your application.

Call us on 01484 840048 or email contact@provu.co.uk

*The UPS devices we currently offer are suitable for low power devices. For connecting devices with a larger power consumption, please speak with a member of our team.

UPS Devices & How they can Help You Prepare for the PSTN Switch Off

The 2025 PSTN switch off poses a number of opportunities and challenges for the Channel. Read on to discover our Technical Solutions Director, Muhammad Bajwa’s thoughts on how our new range of UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) can help you prepare for the big switch off.

In my last blog post, I covered some benefits of introducing VoIP and Ofcom’s regulations around the PSTN switch off and their expectations from Service providers. Having just launched a new range of UPS devices, I will now cover how we can help you to fulfil the regulatory requirements and provide backup power to devices on site.

Requirements

Having spoken to a number of partners about their requirements, some were quite basic, such as; the UPS needs to be reliable but economical, it should be maintenance free but must have a replaceable battery. The device should have 3 pin UK plugs to connect the power supply straight into it and ideally should allow some basic troubleshooting to check the battery status etc.

Our Solution

I have looked at a couple of brands but decided to go for Blue Walker Line Interactive UPS range as our go to product for the Channel. We have initially chosen three products from the range based on how much backup battery power it will provide to a router and a phone/ATA.

Testing

During my lab testing, the VI 650 SB lasted just over an hour, the VI 600 STL just over 2 hours and the VI 2200 STL lasted around 4 hours. The test devices in my lab were a DrayTek 2862Ln and a Yealink T57W with maximum load being around 25W on the UPS. Being Line interactive, the transfer rate was very quick (around 4ms) which means I did not notice any loss of power and my devices kept operating normally when the UPS was disconnected from the mains power.

 

Model:

Basic VI 650 SB UK

Basic VI 600 STL UK

Basic VI 2200 STL UK

Series:

VI SB

VI STL

VS STL

Type:

Line-Interactive (VI)

Line-Interactive (VI)

Line-Interactive (VI)

Phases (IN-OUT):

1-1

1-1

1-1

Form Factor:

Tower

Tower

Tower

Power Capacity:

650VA / 360W

600VA / 360W

2200VA / 1320W

Output Power:

0.55

0.60

0.60

Nominal Output Voltage:

230 VAC

230 VAC

230 VAC

Frequency (Battery Mode):

±0.05Hz

±0.05Hz

±0.05Hz

Type G (BS 1363):

2

3

4

LINE Mode Efficiency [%] (Full Load):

95.3

95.3

95.7

Batteries:

1x 12.0V/5.0Ah

1x 12.0V/7.0Ah

2×12.0V/9.0Ah

Recharge Time:

8h to 90%

8h to 90%

8h to 90%

Half Load Backup Time [min]:

4.5

5.0

3.9

Communication:

USB Type B – for Monitoring Software

USB Type B – for Monitoring Software

USB Type B – for Monitoring Software

Noise Level:

< 30dB

< 30dB

< 45dB

Fan Logic:

No fan

No fan

Always on (half speed) full speed if load > 25% in battery mode

IP Rating:

IP20

IP20

IP20

Humidity:

0% – 90% RH (non-condensing)

0% – 90% RH (non-condensing)

0% – 90% RH (non-condensing)

Product Weight [kg]

3.9

4.3

10.8

Data Line Protection:

N/A

N/A

RJ-11 Port, RJ-45 Port (100mbit)

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Battery Life

An important question I have already been asked a few times is how long the battery will last on these devices. To be honest, this really does depend on a few factors, namely:

  • The use case
  • Environmental factors
  • How well the device has been maintained

The typical life span of a UPS is around 3-5 years from the production date. PowerWalker offer a 2-year warranty on their products which covers both hardware and the battery. Ofcom expects the providers of the solution to have a maintenance plan in place to make sure the products can continue to work on an ongoing basis. That said, the end customer will have to take some responsibility for this. In this instance, it is recommended that the documentation provided clearly outlines what is required by the end user.

In my next blog post, I will be talking about PowerMaster’s software, its features and how it can help to remotely monitor and troubleshoot potential issues with deployed UPS devices.

Let’s Gear UP(S) ahead of 2025

It feels like it’s been a long time coming…. the 2025 PSTN switch off is looming and we’re here to help you gear up for it.

Did you know, as per Ofcom’s guidance Service Providers should enable or offer at least one back up solution for users reliant on their landline to contact the emergency services in the instance of a power cut?

Read more here


Introducing the PowerWalker UPS Range

UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) are one option for providing a back-up solution for your VoIP solutions by ensuring an uninterrupted power supply to both routers and phones to deliver always on comms.

Our range has been carefully selected to:

  • Offer a maintenance free solution
  • Use replaceable batteries
  • Feature a 3-pin UK plug to connect to power
  • Allow some basic troubleshooting to check battery status etc.
VI 650 SB

VI 600 STL

VI 2200 STL

Supports the Connection of 2 x 3-Pin UK power outlets


Up to 1 hour battery back-up*

Supports the Connection of 3 x 3-pin UK power outlets


Up to 2 hours battery back-up*

Supports the Connection of 4 x 3-pin UK power outlets


Up to 4 hours battery back-up*

Put simply, UPS devices can be used to provide a battery back-up to VoIP solutions in the event of a power failure. These are becoming increasingly important in ensuring users are able to contact emergency services in the event of a blackout. They could even become part of your business continuity to protect connectivity in such occurrences.

Discover ProVu’s UPS Range

Now in stock and available for fast delivery. Whatever your requirements are in the run up to the PSTN switch off and beyond, rest assured we’ve got your back!

*Battery back-up duration may vary depending on the consumption of connected devices. Time provided is based on one phone and one router.

What the PSTN switch off means to the Telco World 

As we edge closer to the 2025 PSTN switch off our Technical Solutions Director, Muhammad Bajwa has been sharing his thoughts about these changes and the affect it’s likely to have on Channel partners in the coming years. Find out more in this short blog.

BT announced the PSTN switch off back in 2015 and gave the channel 10 years to move everyone to a digital or Voice over IP network. There has been lots of conversation in the channel for the past 7+ years, but only now I can see things have started to take off.  Talking to businesses, some of the issues I tend to hear a lot about are along the lives of;

‘my customer does not have a stable internet connection’;

‘they are miles away from exchange so cannot get the right speed for VoIP’

‘they have been sold a traditional telephone system on 5–10-year lease so they cannot make any changes’

The list goes on….

Many of these conversations have not been easy, but with the expansion of Fibre and 4G/5G networks, the availability of Satellite Internet, and funding by the government it seems the Channel is now gearing up for the change.

A Shift in the Channel…

One major change I have seen in Telecoms is in the Internet Service Provider channel. Historically ISP’s or Broadband providers kept their distance from VoIP and/or UC services, but this year most of the conversations I have had have been with new ISP customers who have been trying to adopt/integrate VoIP services with their broadband offering. Consequently, we are seeing a huge surge in demand for VoIP enabled routers and/or Analogue adaptors. One of the biggest challenges facing the channel now is our reliance of the internet, without this, there is no voice or telephone service.

Before I discuss the challenges of offering VoIP, let’s have a look at some of the benefits of introducing VoIP to a business.

Benefits of VoIP

Lower costs: As VoIP relies on your internet service, businesses will be able to benefit from reduced/freeline rental. The reason I say “reduced line rent” is because VoIP Providers will still have to manage the servers which are providing the VoIP services.

Portability: VoIP numbers are portable unlike physical numbers so it can move between different networks just like mobile numbers. If a business moves from one location to another, there is no need to ring the provider, all you must do is take the VoIP device to your new location, connect it to the internet and your line is up a running in no time. Some VoIP providers even have their own mobile or PC softphone clients which means you can answer your calls anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection and the country you are in allows VoIP or SIP calls.

No PBX hardware on site: With traditional telephone systems, businesses would have some form of PBX (telephone system hardware) onsite which comes with its own maintenance and support services plus it’s one more thing that can break!  With VoIP it’s all hosted and depending on the type of service offering, you don’t have to worry about any of that. The majority of service providers will have clusters or high availability systems setup so disruption to VoIP services will be minimum.

Scalability: It’s very easy to scale with a VoIP telephone system, businesses can buy additional seats/VoIP channel from the provider which can be done on the fly which means as long as you have a compatible device, a new user can be setup in minutes.

Competition: The VoIP side of Telecom industry is already quite a competitive market which means businesses will have a broad range of providers to choose from. More competition means a more competitive offering.

Feature Rich: VoIP in general is far more feature rich as compared to the traditional telephony services. Things like call transfer, nuisance calls blocker, call forwarding, etc. are much easier to manage. There are of course other benefits like integration with CRMS systems, options to use UC features but it’s up to the business to buy the service best suited for their requirement.

VoIP Challenges

Now, as I mentioned, VoIP brings many benefits to a business, but it does rely on the internet which requires a power connection. Skimping on hardware such as routers can also cause some headaches, but I won’t go into that for now.

Since 2015, Ofcom has been actively involved in discussions with ISP’s, ITSP’s and other bodies in formulising a standard to regularise the side effects which the PSTN switch off will introduce. These have been developed to protect the consumer. Ofcom withdrew their previous 2011 guidance on FTTP as part of the strategic review of digital communications and published its reviewed guidance in Oct 2018 which included the PSTN switch off.

According to the final publication of Ofcom, service providers should enable or offer at least one backup solution to the customer in order to provide access to emergency services in case of power cut. During the discussion there were 2 main solutions discussed, one being a backup mobile phone and other one being a UPS (uninterruptible power supply). Ofcom’s regulation is not too prescriptive about which options service providers should offer, but the main highlight is that the offered solution should last for a minimum of one hour in the case of a power cut.

It is the Service Provider’s duty to make sure that the offered solution is suitable to meet the customers’ requirement. Ideally, the backup should be offered FOC especially to customers who are dependent on their landlines.

Ofcom’s publication also mentioned that some individual customers might require protection beyond one hour e.g., if the household they live in has a history of long duration power outages etc. so it is important to understand the customer’s requirements before offering a solution.

Read Ofcom’s Publication Here

In my next blog, I will be discussing options available from ProVu to tackle the power cut issues and how we can help fulfil the regulatory requirements of Ofcom.