Jan Wielenga, Daisy's Product Manager for Data Networks, explains the different types of broadband available.
Choosing a connectivity solution for your business is not easy, simply because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all model. Every organisation has its own unique requirements, dependent on size and sector, so the process of choosing the right technology cannot be overstated.
When looking at the array of available broadband solutions, it can be sometimes difficult to decide whether you should be looking an unmanaged broadband connection for low cost connectivity, or at the other end of the spectrum at fibre product options.
Fear not though, as I aim to break down the solution and offer some guidance as to what broadband package is best suited to your business.
Very simply, ADSL broadband uses traditional telephone lines to deliver data services. These data services are merged together at the local exchange, routed to a carrier grade network and on the internet. ADSL is a very common solution for homeworkers and small businesses with up to 10 employees as it delivers high speed internet without the associated high costs.
The service is asymmetrical and offers download speeds of up to 24mb/s and upload speeds of 1.0mb/s. These speeds ensure that the service is perfect if you require simple access to the internet and emails, but are less suitable if you require web hosting, video and VoIP capabilities. If you’re looking for something to support general business activities and don’t rely heavily on the web – this is the solution for you.
Ideal for: homeworkers or businesses up to five employees
As the rollout of fibre enabled cabinets and exchanges continues, more and more businesses across the UK are beginning to take advantage of the benefits of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) services. FTTC involves running fibre optic cables from the local telephone exchange to street cabinets which then connect to a phone line, providing you with a broadband connection with download speeds up to 76mb/s and upload speeds up to 19mb/s.
Naturally this is a service which every business over 10 employees should be looking to adopt, particularly those that run multiple data applications, as well as email and web browsing over the same connection. Offering consistently high speeds and availability, as well as low latency, FTTC is perfect for large businesses and allows them to take advantage of cloud-based applications.
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Ideal for: large businesses over 20 employees that require superfast speeds
When considering your desired broadband package I’d also encourage you to consider the following tips:
- Find a broadband package that suits your business’ needs, rather than the other way round
- Don’t skimp on cost as you essentially get what you pay for
- Choose a provider that offers high SLAs and support, should anything go wrong
- Look for a provider that offers scalable packages which grow alongside your business
- Ask for expert advice as a package may be unsuitable for your business