Broadband has become crucial to the day-to-day operations of every business; however, most businesses are always looking at ways to become more productive and in turn, more profitable. Business Broadband is one such way.
You can increase your productivity if you are experiencing the following:
- Do your video conferencing facilities keep failing?
- Are you uploading videos or large documents?
- Clicking that send/receive button to update your emails with a little bit of anger?
- Are you waiting for documents to download?
Over a year, Business broadband can save you more than 100 hours of working time.
Home Broadband vs Business Broadband
We like to use a motorway analogy to describe the difference between home and business broadband. For a visual explanation, click on our video.
Home Broadband is like a motorway, you have a speed limit but sometimes with the amount of traffic, you get held up it slows you down, sometimes, stopping. Business Broadband is like a toll road, less likely to be clogged up and you can do your full speed but you pay a little bit extra.
We differentiate between the two for a reason. As technology progresses and as your business grows, the standard home broadband won’t be able to keep up with your needs.
Broadband speed is the main issue people prefer business broadband but there are a few other benefits to consider such as having a Static IP address. An IP address is a unique number that identifies the location of your computer on the internet, which allows it to communicate with other computers.
A static IP address means that you are assigned a fixed, permanent address that is unique to you and will never change. Most importantly of all, this means you will be able to access your computer from anywhere in the world via remote access. Other pros include the ability to host your own website and conduct VoIP calls or other web-based services.
I’m convinced! What type of Business Broadband?
There are several different types of business broadband and it is dependant on your area to what you have available to you. Please do contact us to see what is available to you (this is free!)
These are the most popular types of business broadband:
ADSL connections – traditionally, one of the most common types of broadband connectivity businesses used to connect to the internet however this is starting to be outstripped by Fibre broadband (FTTC/FTTP). We provide both ADSL Max – which offers download speeds of up to 7 Mbps with upload speeds of up to 800K – and ADSL2+, which boasts download speeds of as high as 16 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1.5MB.
Fibre Broadband (FTTC / FTTP) - one of the main benefits of fibre broadband is that it provides faster download and upload speeds – which could make it ideal for all companies that require a fast and stable connection.
Speeds of up to 76Mbps for downloads and 19Mbps for uploads are provided by an FTTC Fibre Broadband connection and FTTP Fibre Broadband provides bandwidths of up to 330Mbps for downloads and 30Mbps for uploads. Both options make sharing files easier and allow users to connect with remote workers and regional offices via video conferencing.
Fibre Ethernet offers national connectivity and high bandwidth which is up to 10GB delivered over Fibre. These internet connections provide high speed, also guaranteed bandwidth, uptime, are uncontested which means they are not shared with any other businesses and have a guaranteed SLA making them a solid selection for firms that need a reliable and quick broadband link.
FTTC Ethernet is like FTTC Fibre except that FTTC Ethernet is uncontested meaning that we can guarantee the speeds and bandwidth you receive. FTTC Ethernet can provide speeds of up to 80Mbps, making it ideal for companies requiring a high-speed connection. This is a particularly popular choice for businesses who need the reassurance and reliability of a guaranteed broadband connection.
Ethernet in the First Mile Copper Ethernet is highly resilient and can carry speeds of up to 35Mbps using the existing copper line plant into your building.
EFM circuits are uncontested, are synchronous so you get the same upload and download bandwidth, bandwidth is guaranteed and the service comes with a guaranteed SLA. This is ideal for businesses that need a connection that is low cost but provides dedicated connectivity and resilient service.
Converged FTTC / Ethernet - Ethernet services are dedicated, uncontested broadband services with guaranteed bandwidth, speeds and SLA’s. 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 utilising SIP and a Hosted Phone System.)
The Future of Business Broadband
We recently attended a conference called Comms Vision and the essence of that conference was talking about connectivity, particularly the future of broadband. It seems that FTTP will soon become the new standard of business broadband, therefore if you were able to get FTTP, that is certainly the option we would recommend to you.
Top 5 reasons to invest in Business Broadband
Aside from your static IP address, here are our further Top 5 reasons to invest!
- Support – When you sign up to a business broadband package you are able to receive extra levels of technical support. Should something go wrong, you can get back up and running quickly. With an enhanced care level you will be ahead of anyone else when it comes to getting a problem fixed.
- Contention Ratio – With your standard home broadband you are likely to be sharing the server with lots of other people and at peak times, this is going to slow you down!
- Speed – A lower contention ratio also means a faster connection. We don’t enforce traffic management, unlike other providers and we don’t artificially slow down your connection. Your higher connection speed ratio means pages load faster, emails send quicker and IP phone systems run smoothly.
- Downloads – You will be offered unlimited download and upload allowances. Thanks to your higher connection speed, any uploads and downloads are going to be faster too!
- Security – Your business broadband package will provide enhanced security features, features that the standard broadband will not offer.