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What are the business alternatives to broadband?
Posted by Caroline Moore on 15/07 at 01:00 AM Large enterprises, SMEs, Internet connectivity, Internet connectivity,
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With broadband offering an unstable service with no guaranteed uptime, fix time or speeds, what are the alternatives for a business that needs to stay connected at all times?

If you are paying between £10 and £40 for a connectivity product, you know in your heart of hearts that does not buy you a lot of engineering time and your fault will only be dealt with on a ‘when passing‘ basis.

An Ethernet first mile (EFM) connection, however, is a resilient Internet connection delivering speeds of up to 35Mb using copper wiring. It is a lower cost option compared to Internet leased lines and deployment lead times are shorter too.

The fibre network that is gradually being rolled out across the UK can be used to offer Ethernet connectivity services. Ethernet over fibre to the cabinet (EoFTTC), often referred to as generic Ethernet access (GEA), is a hybrid technology with speeds of up to 20Mb, with the option to burst to 80Mb download.

Both connectivity types offer uncontended, guaranteed bandwidth and benefit from synchronous speeds, allowing full bandwidth for both upload and download. But what really sets them apart from broadband services is they both come with a business class service level agreement.

The above are both a good entry level for businesses. They get the support and uptime they need and are a decent halfway house between broadband connections and fibre leased lines (deemed only suitable for corporate companies) for those businesses that really cannot rely on non SLA products but cannot justify the investment in fibre.

So what about fibre leased lines? They are very fast, scalable and are very, very resilient. Any business requiring 100% uptime should consider leased lines as their preferred Internet connectivity option to protect them from the often catastrophic consequences of extended downtime. Leased lines are an investment, costing hundreds of pounds a month rather than tens, but this is the Rolls-Royce method of Internet connectivity.

For more advice on which type of Internet connectivity if suitable for your business, please do not hesitate to call us on 01392 369369 or email us here and one of our advisors will call you straight back.

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Caroline Moore on 15/07/2014

Former newspaper journalist, Caroline joined the company in 2008 with no previous knowledge of the industry.

She set about stripping back all the jargon to produce plain English marketing collateral to support the sales teams. Now slightly more well-versed in the dark arts of voice, connectivity and data services, Caroline writes blogs, case studies, data sheets and social media updates to engage with potential and existing customers.

This industry is far cry from her previous working life when she worked as communications manager for Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints.