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The Future of Broadband

by Imogen Rees

For many businesses, broadband is an integral part of day-to-day operations. A robust and reliable connection enables businesses to stay productive, competitive, and efficient. With our business-only broadband solutions, users can work exclusively off one connection, opening them up to faster speeds and improved data transfer capabilities. As we travel further into the digital age, the demand for constant connectivity, largely driven by mobile and cloud-based services deepens. There has been a shift in priorities, with investment into a solid broadband connection at the forefront of business strategy. Now, broadband providers must be capable of serving the demands of businesses relying on digital infrastructure to survive.

Fibre Broadband

Full-Fibre broadband is a type of high-speed broadband. It uses a network of fibre optic cables to deliver high-speed data over greater distances. The data is transmitted across the network more quickly, connections are inherently faster and far more stable than the traditional copper-based services. This means that you’re more likely to experience faster download speeds and a more reliable connection to the internet.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) is a shared connection- other premises in the area will share the same circuit. No matter the distance your business is from the cabinet, you are unlikely to suffer from speed drop off. The main benefit of FTTP versus FTTC is speed. The full fibre option can reach up to 1 Gbps or 1000 Mbps. Not all businesses would require such speeds, but if you’re planning to grow, then opting for a direct FTTP line will help future proof your business.

SoGEA

SoGEA stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access. Up until now, to deliver broadband to a home or office you needed to have a traditional phone line installed. SoGEA broadband doesn’t run over a phone line; SoGEA is a dedicated line that delivers a broadband connection. SoGEA is data-only broadband that delivers a faster, cheaper, and easier to install option for your business connectivity. With copper line services to be switched off in 2025, many businesses are now switching over to Single Order broadband such as SoGEA. There are now over 28 million FTTC enabled premises with this expected to grow as we draw closer to 2025.

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)

More commonly known as FTTC, Fibre to the Cabinet involves running fibre optic cables to a green kerbside cabinet you may have seen near your home or offices. Most of the local-loop (phone line from your premises to the telephone exchange) uses a fibre-optic cable, with only the last few metres being copper. This means that you experience faster speeds and higher quality broadband as the short copper line can run VDSL rather than ADSL technology.

VDSL stands for the Very-high-bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line. This technology uses the same digital subscriber line to transmit internet signal. It is a new technology compared to ADSL. ADSL stands for the asymmetric digital subscriber line. The subscriber line is the telephone line that terminates at our homes or offices that we most commonly use for calling. This line is a pair of copper wires and carries our voice signals over to the other end of the telephone connection. The same line is used to carry internet data but on different frequencies than those used for voice signals.

Broadband isn’t necessarily suitable for all businesses and a leased line can offer an alternative. A leased-line is a dedicated fibre broadband connection. It allows businesses to use private lines, receiving reliable and hyper-fast connection. Leased lines are not shared, meaning connection speeds will not be implemented by ‘peak time’ usage.

What to Look Out for from a Provider?

When selecting your broadband provider, it can be beneficial to assess any extras they provide over and above the speed and coverage of the broadband connection.

Additionally, dependable technical support is key when determining your provider. Are they able to provide a dedicated account manager? Does the Service Level Agreement guarantee a fix-time and priority support? Ask yourself what issues may arise if the provider you choose cannot promise protection. Additional extras to look out for:

  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • Online Billing Platform Access
  • UK Based Support Desk
  • Broadband Router Security
  • End of Contract Notifications
  • Low-Cost Call Options
  • Business Static IP Address
  • Unlimited Broadband Usage

Looking for More?

At UK IT Networks our business only network is designed for businesses of all sizes and sectors with support from our UK-based customer technical support team. Our Superfast and Ultrafast broadband services are available to most UK business premises. Our Ultrafast broadband is capable of delivering download speeds of up to 330Mbps in some locations, increasing your productivity and capacity to embrace new technology. Browse our range of business broadband packages at www.ukitnetworks.com or alternatively call our team on 0344 326 2150 or email enquiries@ukitnetworks.com

 

 

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