What Type of Business Broadband Do You Need?
When making the choice of what type of broadband will work best for your business you will need to assess how your business uses its internet connectivity. Important questions to consider are: What do you use your broadband/internet for? Do you simply check email or do you require streaming of media? Does your computer network need to access large amounts of data on a daily basis? Are your communication systems, like your phone system, run over a broadband connection or do you use traditional analogue telephone lines? If your internet connection is critical to your business - there are many options that can provide you with the connectivity and speeds that you need to run your business successfully.
At DataKom, our consultants will work with you to understand your data requirements. They will help you to find the best broadband solution and price for your specific businesses needs.
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is the connection to the internet via a telephone exchange. ADSL technology converts a standard telephone line into a high-speed digital connection. Utilising a splitter called a micro-filter, which plugs into a telephone socket, allowing for the separation of voice calls and broadband data. Typical speeds for ADSL lines have an average of 8Mb dependent on your proximity to an exchange.
MPF/LLU/2+ lines are a recent addition to UK market and are used as an upgrade to standard PSTN lines allowing for broadband access. Previously, broadband had to be installed solely through Openreach, with limitations to speeds, congestion and lower quality hardware thus not suitable for business customers. Since 2005, Openreach has allowed broadband providers to install their own equipment within the exchange.
This has enabled DataKom to offer improved technologies to support a range of business users with all of their communications needs - and at much higher download and upload speeds.
- Basic internet usage, checking email
- Limited number of people connecting
- Better speeds if you are close to exchange
- Small business with little dependency on the internet
- Lower cost solution
VDSL (Very High Rate Digital Subscriber Line), otherwise know as FTTC, the upgraded version of an ADSL used to connect to the internet. There are two main differences in VDSL/FTTC and ADSL. The first being the type of equipment. VDSL lines utilise a pair of specialised copper cables connected to the exchange box. The second and most significant difference is greatly improved speeds, upwards of 80Mb.
Because of the high speeds, VDSL lines allow for higher bandwidth applications such as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) as well as offering seven different frequency bands for data transmission. This provides greater flexibility allowing for customisations such as dedicating one band specifically for uploads and one band for downloads. Improved speeds and flexibility make VDSL lines an excellent choice for business use.
- Businesses with communication platforms or phone systems utilising VoIP
- If you are downloading large amount of data on a daily basis
- Looking for a cost effective solution to increase broadband speeds
- Business with greater dependency on internet as better SLA's available
Is Internet Connectivity Critical to Your Business?
If your business utilises such technologies as VoIP for your communications systems, or you have multiple computers/ devices accessing large amounts of data, or simply if you rely on the internet to take payments; a dedicated line should be a consideration. From as little as £195 per month your business can have the peace of mind that your internet connection will not let you down.
If you are looking at broadband options at the moment and would like to talk them over and discover more - just give us a call.