Alternative solutions to get your business connected

EFM for Symmetric speeds of up to 35Mbps

Fibre To The Cabinet solutions

MPLS for dedicated site-to-site connectivity

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Faster Connections

Ethernet

This service is delivered using end-to-end fibre optic connections and provides:

Options to deliver services over either 100Mbps or 1Gbps circuits

Symmetric speeds from <10Mbps to 1Gbps

EFM:

EFM service is delivered over aggregated copper pairs and provides:

A lower cost option to Fibre Ethernet

Symmetric speeds of up to 35Mbps

Much faster delivery times than Fibre Ethernet

FTTC:

This service is delivered using Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) technology and provides:

A lower cost option to EFM

Symmetric speeds of up to 20Mbps with the option to purchase up to 80Mbps downstream

Faster delivery lead times than both Fibre Ethernet and EFM

MPLS

Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) services are ideal for customers that want dedicated site-to-site connectivity with data priority with increased security. As MPLS services give superior routing and functionality of standard WAN connections, they are ideal for linking your Head Office and Datacentre with Branch Offices and Partners. Depending also on bandwidth required, you can also get your DIA delivered via a single optic fibre with your MPLS services enabling you to save on install cost.

SD-WAN is a relatively new wide-area network (WAN) solution, which uses software virtualisation to provide multi-site connectivity, similar to Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) while merging multiple services into a single hardware appliance.

SD-WAN can be thought of as a ‘successor’ to virtual private networks (VPN), in that it is a software-based solution natively providing Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) standard security. However, while a standard VPN can only exist between two specified points, SD-WAN can connect any number of sites through a virtual network over the open internet.

SD-WAN includes a number of additional features, such as security, Quality of Service (QoS), local area network (LAN) and WiFi, removing the need for separate devices.

Multi-site connectivity

Connects any number of sites through a virtual network

Similar to Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

Software-based solution

Improved connection security

Pros and cons of ADSL

Factors that affect speeds

Reliable but possibly not the best solution

Requires a standard telephone line

Doesn't offer high speed uploading to the Cloud

ADSL broadband is a connection provided over analogue telephone lines. ADSL provides a high-quality, reliable connection. But if your business is far away from your telephone exchange, or if the cable has degraded, then speeds can drop dramatically. Most businesses today rely on fast internet connection, so ADSL is not the preferred option.

Wi-Fi

Find out about the things you need to consider when setting up a WiFi network for your business.

Where a decade or so ago business computing would have largely revolved around the desktop, in recent years there’s been a major shift towards the use of mobile devices. There’s greater emphasis on smartphones and tablets in the workplace and many companies have implemented bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, allowing staff to use their own personal devices to complete work tasks.

In setting up a WiFi network for your business, there are a number of things you need to consider. How many people will be using it? What sort of area does it need to cover? Do you need to provide guest access for contractors and other visitors? Do you plan on offering a public hotspot for casual visitors to your business?

When it comes to coverage, it’s important to consider the layout of the office space. Open plan spaces are easiest as there’s nothing to obstruct the signal, although you may need a number of access points to ensure even coverage over a large area. If your building is divided into smaller spaces, then brick or breeze block walls are likely to obstruct the WiFi signal far more than lighter partition walls and again, this may mean the need for more access points in order to get even signal coverage.

Extending your signal with wifi extenders

Public hotspots (share your wifi connection)

Guest accounts for visitors

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies

Securing your wifi network