We’re from an IT and telecommunications background, with Michael and Darren founders of the telecommunications provider Optionbox and managed service provider Optionbox Networks.
Optionbox and Optionbox Networks have numerous accreditations and we are partnered with some of the largest telecoms and IT firms in the world. For instance, Optionbox Networks is a Microsoft Silver Partner. Furthermore, Optionbox and Optionbox Networks director Michael Fontana has been featured in numerous publications, including Glassdoor and Hacker Noon, sharing his valuable IT and telecoms insight.
The team at Business Tech Planet draws from a wide range of skills and experience, from writers, editors, coders, and graphic designers, to the co-founders of Optionbox, a UK telecoms company providing services to more than 300 clients nationwide.
Co-founder & Managing Editor
Jack Mitchell has been the Operations manager at telecoms and MSP Optionbox for more than 4 years. He has played a crucial role in the company, from marketing to helpdesk, and ensures that the IT requirements of over 300 clients are continuously met. With his innate passion for technology and troubleshooting and a particular interest in Apple products, Jack now delivers the most comprehensive tech guides to make your life easier.
Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief
Michael Fontana has been a director of telecoms and MSP Optionbox for over a decade and has worked in various telecommunication roles over the last 20 years. Michael has been involved in many exciting projects, such as co-founding telecoms and IT businesses and has now built up a team of more than 15 staff, serving over 300 clients nationwide. With a wealth of experience in IT and a passion for technology, Michael is now helping BTP to produce the highest quality guides on the internet.
Darren Shepherd has been a director of telecoms and managed service provider Optionbox for over a decade. During this time, he has been involved in a range of exciting projects and — together with Michael Fontana — he has built up a team of more than 15 staff. Optionbox and sister company Optionbox Networks collectively serve over 300 clients nationwide, from SMEs to multi-million pound enterprises.
Siddra has been a researcher and content writer at Business Tech Planet since 2021. She formerly wrote newsletters for the NHS and was a PR and Communications Officer.
John has been a researcher, content writer, and senior editor at Business Tech Planet since 2022. He was formerly a data analyst and web designer with expertise in various programming languages.
Saajid has been a researcher and content writer at Business Tech Planet since 2021. Saajid is a tech-savvy writer with expertise in web and graphic design and has extensive knowledge of Microsoft 365, Adobe, and more!
Optionbox specialises in telecommunications, offering everything from a simple plug-n-play VoIP solution to our advanced enterprise VoIP offerings, fully customisable down to the tiniest details for customers that require a bespoke system.
We also offer a number of broadband solutions, from FTTC to superfast 10Gbps leased lines.
Optionbox Networks is a managed service provider, offering a number of solutions from remote IT support, to mailboxes and cyber security or full-blown infrastructure management.
We work with a number of businesses ranging from 5 – 400 employees, managing their infrastructure to ensure an excellent end-user experience.
Accreditations and Experience
Cumulatively, the Business Tech Planet team have over 50 years’ experience in the telecommunications and IT industries. Here are some of the accreditations held by the Business Tech Planet team.
This is just a small selection of the accreditations held by the team behind Business Tech Planet, perfectly exemplifying the experience and expertise of the people behind BTP.
Why We Started Business Tech Planet
At Optionbox and Optionbox Networks, we get asked a lot of questions about our solutions, as you can imagine. Unfortunately, they’re not always questions we want to answer on our own website. For example, whether or not VoIP works without the internet. So we decided to found Business Tech Planet to answer these questions in an informative and detailed way, with no commercial intent. This site is purely about informing people and businesses on what technology is and how it works.
We hope that you find our blog to be a useful resource, so thank you for reading!