Fibre BroadbandIf you’ve ever had to wait for a file to download, a picture to appear or a site’s page to finishing loading whilst you’ve been browsing the web, you know how frustrating a poor internet connect can be.

Now imagine if those slow speeds and spotty connectivity affected not only your computer, but your business. You can’t afford for work to grind to a halt because your employees can’t correspond to emails quick enough, or access the necessary file from the cloud.

This is where FTTC superfast fibre broadband can give your business the advantages it needs to get ahead.

FTTC Explained

Superfast fibre broadband can be delivered to your office using Fibre To The Curb (FTTC) technology.

Fibre To The Curb, or cabinet as you may hear it labelled, is the name given to a fibre cable that runs from a BT exchange centre to a cabinet in the street where the broadband equipment is contained.

From here the line is interconnected to buildings, homes and offices via the preinstalled copper network that runs across the nation. This enables fibre broadband to run up and down the country and means that your speed is significantly faster because the length of line to your house is significantly shorter.

Wherever your company is based, you could benefit by upgrading to a superfast internet connection. BT has already committed themselves to covering more than 1.8 million homes and offices, and it aims to cover at least 66% of UK premises by the end of 2014 as part of their “commercial fibre footprint”.

What Can Affect Broadband Speeds?

Because the final part of your internet connection is still made from copper cabling, the length of your line is still a major factor in determining the actual speed of your internet.

Although many internet providers give an estimated speed you can expect from their connection, the actual speeds your business will experience may be slightly faster or slower than their suggested estimates. In fact, they can vary significantly depending on a number of different factors, including:

Internet ConnectionWireless Connections – By removing your device from its direct internet connection and using the internet wirelessly, connection speeds can be reduced quite significantly – if you’ve not upgraded your wireless points for a couple of years we strongly suggest doing so, e.g. using our Cisco Meraki gear. This is because WiFi speeds have massively increased as well and also new devices have the option of using different radio spectrum, which means that if you are in a congested area at one frequency, switching frequency may give you a speed boost as well.

Interference – Disruptions caused by other electrical equipment in the surrounding area, or maintenance being carried out on the communication lines, could cause problems with connectivity. It’s genuinely important to keep the Christmas tree lights away from the telephone wires.

Time Of Day – Internet traffic peaks at different times throughout the day. Large numbers of traffic can cause issues with the connection speed in your area. Getting a business grade service that prioritises you over residential customers is a must.

That being said, superfast broadband internet still offers a far superior service to its standard counterpart, especially when it comes to the successful operation of business communications. Correspondence between companies and their clients can be vastly improved with the upgrade to a fibre internet connection.

Benefits of FTTC

Much like an ADSL connection, you’ll still need a landline number in order to install FTTC, however, unlike standard broadband a superfast fibre connection has many feature-rich advantages.

Business ready solutions – FTTC connections can handle large volumes of files and media filled applications without lagging, allowing your employees to seamlessly meet the demands of everyday business. Whether it’s making VoIP calls to clients or sharing files across the cloud, superfast broadband is optimised to handle the workload.

Superfast connectivity – The minimum line download speed of FTTC fibre broadband is up to 80Mbps, which is five times more than the typically expected 16Mbps of standard ADSL broadband. This is also twice as fast as other connectivity options, such as an EFM leased line.

Quick to install – Shorter installation times mean that your business can get connected as soon as possible, meaning your workflow won’t be disrupted and your clients will be kept happy.

Optimise your VPN – With a strong internet connection, you can vastly improve the performance of your business’ Virtual Private Networks, with rapid upload and download times making working from home a viable and efficient option. This of course has the added benefit of allowing you to create an effective disaster recovery plan, with the peace of mind that your employees will be able to access all the necessary resources from wherever they are.

Cost effective – With its extremely high bandwidth capacity, FTTC allows for businesses to combine their other, smaller connections into one single line, reducing unnecessary spend. By taking advantage of super clear VoIP calls made available by a strong broadband connection, businesses are also able to save money in the long through reduced call costs.

These are just a few of the many benefits. For more information on FTTC and superfast broadband, visit our main site, or contact us on 01225 800 123 today.

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