When it comes to business broadband, you may think that your business is doing ok. But did you know that slow broadband can lose your business valuable working hours each month?
However, it is little wonder that many businesses just stick with what they have or what they know as the choice of broadband and connectivity can be incredibly confusing. In this blog we look at some of the major options and explain why they might be the right option for your business.
ADSL broadband is the most common and popular form of broadband for businesses. It works with a telephone line transfer, so you need to rent a phone line. However, it is high quality, offers excellent UK coverage, is affordable and can be tailored to meet the demands of each business.
Fibre broadband (FTTC & FTTP)
Fibre is the future of broadband with two forms currently available; Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). The huge benefit of fibre is that it can offer significantly faster download speeds than a conventional broadband – FTTC services offer download speeds up to 76 Mbps while FTTP services offer download speeds up to 330 Mbps. It is great if you are downloading lots of information, however fibre is not yet accessible to everyone in the UK with only around 17million people/businesses able to access it.
Ethernet First Mile (EFM) is a resilient service meaning it’s reliable, and covered by an SLA guarantee, making it suitable for mission critical business applications. It is available in around 80% of the UK and crucially, can typically be installed in 45 days, which is around half the time for a fibre leased line installation.
EFM attains its reliability by combining a number of copper pairs into a single resilient connection. If one of the pairs fail, the connection will continue to operate, but at a lower speed, making it fault tolerant.
A leased line offers businesses a dedicated connection, renting a line just for yourself. With a leased line, in theory you can limit the loss of speed and reliability you get with a shared connection, and a leased line should offer steadier speeds as it is just you on that line. They are also better for when you are making video or telephone calls and accessing data remotely all through the internet. If you download lots of big files, you may also want to consider a leased line.
MPLS stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching. It is a mechanism for routing traffic within a telecommunications network, as data travels from one network node to the next. MPLS can provide applications including VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), traffic engineering (TE) and Quality of Service (QoS).
So as you can see, there are lots of choices and the wrong choice can impact on your business. If you are unsure what type of broadband will be better for your business and the businesses requirements, then please do not hesitate to speak to one of team today.