High capacity connections for high efficiency businesses…
We offer many options to get your business connected and to help it stay connected as you grow. Have a read through our guide of the options we offer and feel free to get in touch to discuss which option is best for your business.
Business Grade Broadband
Most internet connections in the developed world these days are broadband connections. When looking for a broadband package most people look for speed. What most people tend to overlook is contention ratio; this is the number of people using the same connection as you in your area. Standard broadband lines could be being used by as many as 20,000 other people in your area, meaning the contention ration is 20,000 : 1. Now you know why it’s so slow! Our business grade broadband has a contention ration of 20 : 1, freeing up more bandwidth for your business.
Need an even lower contention ratio? You need a leased line. A leased line is an uncontended broadband line (1 : 1) to which only your business has access. Unlike ADSL broadband, the upload and download speeds are the same so you can host your own cloud services and on-premises servers while still allowing your employees to use the internet without issue. We have working relationships with all of the main network providers which means we can offer the best deals at the prices.
With speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 10Gbps and guaranteed service level agreements to protect your business, leased lines are definitely the way to go if you’re serious about your connectivity.
Wireless Leased Lines
Wireless leased lines work in the same way as a leased line, but (unsurprisingly) use wireless technology. Lines can be installed within days and deliver the same uncontended access as a standard leased line. With a 4 hour guaranteed fix in case something goes wrong you are in very safe hands. Speeds range from 2Mbps to 2Gbps.
Similar to broadband, but it uses a fibre-optic cable instead of a standard copper one to connect your ISP’s exchange to the cabinet on the street outside your premises. Copper can be notoriously unreliable over long distances, and short of rolling out costly fibre cabling to every doorstep FTTC provides a good middle ground. While the speeds can be faster, in high density areas contention ratios may still cause performance degradation.
Ethernet First Mile (EFM)
EFM is an uncontended copper broadband product. You are the only user of the line making it uncontested, similar to a leased line. The difference between EFM and a leased line is while leased lines are fibre connections (they are also referred to as Ethernet over Fibre), EFM uses traditional copper connections.
EFM is a cost effective alternative to a leased line that still offers high speed, uncontested internet access. EFM may be ideal for you if you do not plan to expand your business greatly in future, as you cannot add bandwidth at a later date. If your business is likely to expand as time goes on, you may want to consider a leased line.
Multiprotocol Label Switching is a mechanism in high performance networks that allows multiple sites to form private networks. If your business is distributed over several locations, you may want to consider MPLS to ensure your sites stays connected to each other. We offer fully and partially managed features such as virtual firewalls for your network.
In certain circumstances GPON can replace an MPLS network at a greatly reduced cost. To find out more about how your business can benefit from optical networks click here to find out more about GPON.