How do you know what the right Internet connection is for your business?
As the reliance on cloud computing and remote solutions continues to grow, businesses are increasingly looking at their Internet connections to make sure they can support their growing bandwidth needs. Connectivity is no longer simply about Internet access, it now underpins a business’ entire operational capability
But with so many options available and digital dependence only increasing, how does a business choose the right solution to meet its current and future needs? Below is a brief guide to the different types of connections available. This should help you navigate the minefield of options and make an informed decision on what the best connection is for you.
Copper or part-copper broadband
Also known as ADSL or ADSL2+ for copper based broadband and FTTC for part-copper based broadband, this is the entry level connectivity solution for business with specific business based packages available. For businesses that are not 10% reliant on their Internet connectivity for the continuity of their business, business broadband could be a cost effective solution but if your connectivity is business critical, broadband offers no service guarantees and is a contended service meaning your speed and service experience can be adversely affected by other users.
Full-fibre broadband (FTTP)
Whilst still a broadband based service FTTP uses fibre throughout the connection offering a more stable and faster service. However, it still has no service guarantees, so isn’t suitable for business critical systems and communications.
GPON is a full-fibre Internet access service offering speeds of 500Mbps or 1Gbps and available as a wires only or managed service. It provides you with complete peace of mind as it offers 100% SLA and 9 business hour return to service guarantee and can be installed in as little as 45 working days.
Dedicated Ethernet aka Leased Lines
A leased line is a 1-2-1 totally dedicated connection. It is a premium service which is highly secure, high performance and permanently available with complete peace of mind from 100% SLAs and often a choice of back-up options. It’s perfect for business critical applications and communications where you really can’t afford any down-time and can easily form part of a larger bespoke IP VPN solution connecting multiple sites, disaster recovery solutions, home workers and delivering various applications and services such as secure cloud access and VoIP. However, leased lines are a premium service and are therefore more costly when compared to alternative solutions. That said, our CityFibre based dedicated Ethernet solutions are typically 30% cheaper than alternative suppliers so it’s worth requesting a quote to see what’s available in your area.
If you’d like more information about the range of connectivity services available and how they might fit your business requirements contact us 0800 011 4088 to discuss your options and see how we can help you.