To quote some wise words from Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google, USA) “[In the future], the Internet will disappear… you won’t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time.”
The internet is such an integral part of businesses today; in the way, we communicate and operate which is why businesses need reliable broadband service. Those businesses that have an unreliable connection to the internet are likely to experience slow speeds and possibly significant downtime.
In this day and age, that could put you behind your competitors simply because your internet was down and you weren’t able to answer crucial sales calls, emails, social media enquiries or even essential web applications such as your CRM system because you were experiencing downtime and they weren’t.
Your broadband needs to be adaptable and flexible to your needs but ultimately, it needs to be reliable.
Home Broadband vs Business Broadband
There are some great home broadband deals being advertised and it may seem like an obvious, cheaper option for your business but quite often, that is not the case.
For a simplified, visual version of the difference between home and business broadband, click on our video, to the right.
We like to use a motorway analogy to describe the difference between home and business broadband.
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.
Key Benefits of Business Broadband
- Static IP addresses – You will have your own static IP address, assigned to a fixed, permanent address that is unique to you and won’t change. This means you will be able to access your computer from anywhere in the world via remote access, run CCTV or a server and host your own website.
- Customer Support – When you sign up to a business broadband package you receive extra levels of technical support. With an enhanced care level, you will be ahead of anyone else when it comes to getting a problem fixed.
- Speed – A lower contention ratio means a faster connection. We don’t enforce traffic management, unlike other providers and we don’t artificially slow down your connection. You will enjoy your unlimited download allowance at the fastest speeds at any given time. Your higher connection speed means pages load faster, emails send quicker and VoIP systems run smoothly.
- Security – Your business broadband package will provide enhanced security features that the standard broadband package will not offer such as shielding you from cyber security threats like malware, viruses, trojans as well as hacker attacks.
Most Popular Types of Business Broadband Connections
Below are some of the popular types of business broadband systems we can provide for you all of which we can provide with static IP addressing.
ADSL connections were 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).
These shared broadband connections offer you a choice of speeds and features to suit the size and requirements of your business. We provide both ADSL Max, which offers download speeds of up to 8 Mbps with upload speeds of up to 832Kbps and ADSL2+, which boasts download speeds of as high as 24 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1.5Mbps
Fibre Broadband (FTTC / FTTP)
Fibre broadband provides faster download and upload speeds than ADSL. There are two types of fibre broadband; FTTC and FTTP.
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. FTTC is also commonly referred to as G.Fast.
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 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.
FTTC is more commonly available but FTTP will eventually become the standard of broadband.
A few more Business Broadband Options
Although ADSL, FTTC and FTTP connections are some of the most common types of business broadband setups but there are other broadband solutions available:
Uncontested, guaranteed high bandwidth and uptime.
Fibre Ethernet offers national connectivity and high bandwidth which is up to 10GB delivered over Fibre.
Ethernet services are used by businesses to provide reliable access to email, file sharing, web hosting, data backup, video, or VPN access.
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 it a solid selection for most businesses.
FTTC Ethernet (EoFTTC)
Uncontested, guaranteed speed and bandwidth.
FTTC Ethernet (EoFTTC) 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.
Ideal for businesses who need the reassurance and reliability of a guaranteed broadband connection.
Ethernet in the First Mile Copper (EFM)
Uncontested, same upload and download (guaranteed) bandwidth and guaranteed SLA
Ethernet in the First Mile Copper (EFM) is highly resilient and can carry speeds of up to 35Mbps using the existing copper line 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.
Ideal for businesses that need a connection that is low cost but provides dedicated connectivity and a strong service.
Converged FTTC Ethernet
Dedicated, uncontested with guaranteed bandwidth speeds and SLA’s.
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.
The roll out of FTTP is building steam under the likes of companies such as CityFibre but it will still take time. Additionally, if you have FTTC available then it is likely you’ll be much further down on the list for FTTP.