We can advise on and supply the best technologies to balance cost, reliability and performance of your Internet connections. Our corporate customers require everything from basic FTTC broadband connections to full fibre to the premises. We also offer a dedicated 3G/4G backup system which can be deployed at short notice in the event of Internet connection failure.
What Internet connection technologies are available ?
ADSL is the oldest broadband technology available, and is generally now considered insufficient to provide the bandwidth required to support the latest requirements for Internet based services, video, file sharing, telephony etc. Bandwidth available is up to 24mbps depending on the quality of the connection.
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FTTC is "fibre to the cabinet". This is referred to by some suppliers and resellers as "fibre" but it is not a pure fibre product. The last section of the connection (to the premises from the street cabinet) is still copper based. Bandwidth is up to 80mbps
EFM stands for "Ethernet first mile". This offers up to 10mbps which is relatively low speed, however the connection has good SLAs and is a highly reliable managed connection. Nonetheless its relatively low speed means it is seldom worth considering now.
G.Fast is the fastest available product that still operates over traditional copper wires. Speeds of up to 300+mbps can be achieved. G.Fast is only available in certain areas.
Fibre First FTTP
FTTP stands for “fibre to the premises”; it is the fastest product available and the most reliable. Some areas of the UK are seeing a rollout of FTTP to all premises in the area, at relatively low cost. Where available, this product is highly recommended.
Even where “fibre first” is not available, you can order FTTP although it is much more expensive. Speeds over 1GB/s are available, so this is a very fast product indeed.
If you are in a rural or remote area you may also have to consider the option of satellite connectivity.
Using a router which connects to one of the mobile phone networks can give you a good connection as fast as FTTC or even faster in some locations, although this varies widely and depends on signal strength. It is usually considered a backup rather than the main connection.
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