Choosing the Right Broadband

So you’re in the market for an upgrade to your business broadband, and you know that online communication is a fundamental part of your business.

When choosing broadband for your business, there is a fair bit to think about. With the rise of people working from home, having reliable and sufficient broadband is a bigger need than ever. Video conferencing and downloading files need to be supported with a reliable broadband connection.

Business grade broadband has to be considered for remote workers at home, so your office and remote employees are receiving the same grade, regardless of their location. Business broadband packages are specifically designed to meet business requirements, whatever your size or industry. Overall, the speed is quicker because it is less congested than home broadband solutions as well as more extensive support options available.

The two main types of broadband for businesses are FTTP (Fibre to the Premise) and FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet).

These two acronyms define how much fibre optic cable is being used in a connection. Unlike copper cables, fibre has a glass core, which enables information to be transmitted through them using light rather than electrical signals. Fibre optic cables can deliver data at rates thousands of times faster than copper cables.

Basic copper network (ADSL) broadband connections are becoming outdated, to be replaced with FTTC and FTTP as the standard for business broadband.

An upgrade to FTTC will see an increase to broadband speeds by connecting powerful fibre optic cable to the cabinet, whereas the next level being FTTP – pure fibre optics cables connecting you straight to the exchange, for the fastest, and most seamless experience.

FTTC & FTTP Benefits

  • Guaranteed service levels available
  • Faster speeds
  • Reliable connection
  • Resilient connection

Both options are viable for a business but you’ll certainly benefit from a FTTP connection; not only because the speeds are a lot quicker, but also because there’s less chance the internet will cut out half-way through an important email or call to a client. Ultimately, FTTP technology is the more reliable and resilient.

FTTP requires additional infrastructure, whereas FTTC uses existing infrastructure such as the copper wires from the street cabinet but a device is fitted into the fibre cabinet to alter the speed frequencies.

In order to future-proof your business, FTTP is definitely something to consider due to enhanced speed, bandwidth and reliability of the service.


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