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.”
We agree. The internet is such an integral part of businesses today; in the way, we communicate and operate which is why businesses need a 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.
What are the Key Benefits of Business Broadband?
Here are a few key benefits of Business Broadband:
- 1. Static IP addresses – you will have your own static IP address, assigned to a fixed, permanent address that is unique to you and will never change. This means you will be able to access your computer from anywhere in the world via remote access.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 addresses.
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 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 a 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.
A few more Business Broadband Options
Although FTTC, FTTP and ADSL connections are some of the most common types of business broadband setups and among the most popular systems we install here at BTT, this list is far from exhaustive.
Further types of systems that you can use to connect to the internet include:
Fibre Ethernet offers national connectivity and high bandwidth which is up to 10GB delivered over Fibre.
These internet connections provide high speed, also guarantee bandwidth, uptime, are uncontended 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 uncontended 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
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 uncontended, 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 organisations that need a connection that is low cost but provides dedicated connectivity and a resilient service.
IP VPN / MPLS / Private WAN
Private WAN (also known as IP VPN / MPLS) is ideal for businesses with multiple office locations or employees working from home that require all sites to be connected together in private secure cloud or as if they are all sitting in one office.
With businesses requiring private secure access to their sites and flexible working becoming more popular among staff members who want to tweak their work-life balance, this is becoming a common choice for companies.
Private WAN allows users to connect seamlessly and it is also highly scalable, which is perfect for those businesses that are growing rapidly.
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.)
How do I get Ultrafast Broadband?
Superfast broadband is anything above 24 Mbps and Ultrafast is anything over 100Mbps.
There are two options for ultrafast broadband: G Fast and Fibre to the Premise (FTTP.)
What is G Fast? (Coming soon!)
G Fast allows for high speeds using the same copper pipe that was used for voice calls. Their performance targets are between 150 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s. Initially, they will only go up to 300MB download and 50MB upload.
G Fast roll out is imminent!
What’s the difference between G Fast and FTTP?
FTTP is usually where FTTC is not available which is generally in new developments. G Fast is only available in certain locations at the moment; the rollout will be well underway in 2018 Q4 / 2019 Q1.
How do I choose a Business Broadband setup?
There’s a lot of information to take in when researching business broadband systems, so don’t worry if you’re still unclear what the right type of setup is for the needs of your company.