Your Golf Clubs, Gyms or Leisure Centre’s productivity is defined by your connectivity. For most business systems, you need connectivity like Broadband, Ethernet or Wi-Fi for them to be effective and the right speed, strength and reliability for them to be efficient. It is key for the day-to-day running of your business and its systems.
We have been installing broadband, ethernet and wi-fi solutions for over 25 years in Golf Clubs, Gyms and Leisure Centres across the UK.
Your connectivity needs to be adaptable and flexible to your needs but ultimately, it needs to be reliable and we can ensure you get the right solution for your business.
Connectivity recommendations for Golf Clubs, Gyms and Leisure Centres
Like most things, our answer can vary depending on your business’s needs and number of users etc. Generally speaking, small Golf clubs, Gyms and Leisure Centres can use FTTP or good FTTC (i.e. the higher end of the spectrum 50Mbps upwards.) Medium to large sized Golf clubs, Gyms and Leisure Centres, we would recommend FTTP or Ethernet.
Business Broadband Connections
Fibre Broadband (FTTC)
FTTC is Fibre to the Cabinet is where fibre-optic cable is used from the telephone exchange to the green, roadside cabinet and then, copper cable to the business.
FTTC can achieve speeds of up to 76Mbps for downloads and 19Mbps for uploads.
Fibre Broadband (FTTP)
FTTP is Fibre to the Premise is where fibre-optic cables are used to transmit from the exchange all the way to the business’s premises. FTTP provides bandwidths of up to 1Gbps for downloads and 50Mbps for uploads.
Ethernet is an enterprise-grade broadband internet technology. Ethernet was designed for businesses, not the residential market. Its key advantage lies in its use of dedicated high-capacity fibre optic lines.
Ethernet services are high speed, dedicated, uncontended broadband services which mean they are not shared with any other businesses and have guaranteed bandwidth and uptime, synchronous speeds and SLA’s which make it a solid option for most businesses.
Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SoGEA)
Usually, you’d install a phone line with broadband but with SOGEA, you have broadband without the need for an underlying voice access product whilst offering speeds up to 80Mbps. SoGEA is offered at the same data rates as FTTC broadband. It delivers the same performance and has the same geographic availability. The only difference is the need for a phone line has been removed.
You can get contended and uncontended services with SOGEA. The bandwidth is asynchronous, however with SOGEA Ethernet you can have an uncontended synchronous 20Mbps / 20Mbps service, but this is dependent on your distance from the street cab.
Speeds up to 80Mbps
Uncontended guaranteed high bandwidth and uptime.
Fibre Ethernet uses bearers. Bearers are the bandwidth size of the available circuit, it’s the maximum speed that the circuit can go up to. With Fibre Ethernet you can get 100Mbps bearers and add on block of 10Mbps, 1Gbps bearers and add on blocks of 100Mbps up to 500Mbps then after 1Gbps or 10Gbps bearers that you can add on blocks of 1Gbps.
Speeds: From 10Mpbs up to 10Gbps
Ethernet Flex 1Gbps
Ethernet Flex is a product available to us as a City Fibre Champion here we are able to offer Ethernet 1Gbps at a competitive price. Essentially with Ethernet Flex, you are guaranteed 200Mbps both up and down but you can have up to 1 Gbps at no extra cost. It’s on-demand so there is no need to put in a request and it has unlimited usage.
Speeds: Guaranteed 200Mbps both up and down, 1Gbps burst at no extra cost
Converged Ethernet Options
There are several choices when it comes to Ethernet and what you want it to support, you can choose to have Ethernet Data only, Ethernet Voice Only (used in conjunction with SIP Trunks and Hosted Phone Systems), or Converged Ethernet (Voice, Data and using SIP and a Hosted Phone System.)
Converged Ethernet is the fully managed variant of standard Ethernet and combines both Voice and Data on a single high-speed connection prioritising all voice traffic to guarantee the number of concurrent calls required and quality, without degradation of the service during periods when traffic usage on your circuit could be in high utilisation.
With Converged Ethernet you get dedicated, uncontented, guaranteed bandwidth speeds and SLA’s.
Use our Connectivity checker to see what solutions are available for your business
Wi-Fi in Golf Clubs, Gyms and Leisure Centres
Strong Wi-Fi is essential for internal staff who move around your site and need access to wi-fi to keep doing their job, or for AV equipment like IP TV’s you might have around your business that is advertising products or events. Likewise, it is important for your members who want to stay connected, especially if you are a rural golf club or gym.
Public Wi-Fi networks in Golf Clubs, Gyms and Leisure Centres
Public Wi-Fi network is essentially opening your wi-fi network to the public so that your members can access it. A Public Wi-Fi network is ideal for your golf club, gym or leisure centre because you want your members to spend time using your facilities. Wi-Fi can be used to promote more engagement with your members, you can offer it for free and have them log-in via a portal which can show them promotional messages, or even encourage them to download any club-specific apps. For instance, some Golf Club might have tournaments running that you can view stats, or gyms have workouts available for your members to follow, all available on that app.
There are of course, security risks to consider which is why as a key rule you should keep all day-to-day operations on a separate network specifically for internal users.
Secure your Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi security is a key concern for Golf clubs, gyms and leisure centres but there are measures that can be put in place to minimise your risk. These are some of the products we use to give your business a strong and resilient wi-fi network:
- Policy Enforcement Firewall – with deep packet inspection to ensure that each connection and user session is secure. Unlike traditional firewalls, our next-gen mobility firewall is aware of user roles, device types and app flows.
- Wireless Intrusion Protection – throughout your network to prevent denial-of-service, man-in-the-middle and other security threats.
- Policy Management – identifies all devices and users so that if an unknown device tries to connect, it is rejected and you are notified.