When it comes to Internet connectivity, we are nowadays all very aware of the much higher speeds which can be achieved when we switch from standard broadband to a fibre optic (super fast fibre) system. The topic has even been the subject of many a political discussion as the connection between higher Internet speed and productivity is proven and generally accepted.
At home we most probably feel lucky enough to have our Internet served by fibre optic in any way at all but in business there are yet more possibilities to achieve even faster connection and download speeds. Since here at Better IT we are all about choice, we have a number of options available to our clients to match exactly what their business demands.
At Better IT we take the time to get to know how your business works and what the most important parameters are within your operation. With the appropriate information gathered we can assess which is the best solution to meet your current needs and allow you to expand your activities in the longer term. As part of our service we will also advise on what equipment you will need to make the most of your Internet connectivity, whichever system you ultimately choose.
Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) is one of the connectivity technologies which combine fibre optic cable and traditional copper cable. As the name suggests, the fibre optic cable goes from the exchange to the local distribution cabinet and the copper wire carries on from there to the point of use.
Generally considered to be the poorer relation of FTTP (fibre to the premises) connectivity, FTTC still reaches the capacity and speed which many businesses need and, dependent on the number of users and the nature of the data being handled, may ultimately be the most cost-effective option for most.
FTTC has an in-built feature called dynamic line management (DLM), an automated system which ensures that the connection remains stable and error-free, as well as fast. When a problem does occur (very rarely in reality) it takes action to minimise disruption – another benefit to businesses over traditional slower and less reliable technologies.
Fibre to the premises (FTTP) shares many of the advantages of FTTC however the fact that the fibre optic cable comes directly into the premises rather than stopping at the cabinet means that far higher Internet speeds can be achieved (typically 4 times that of FTTC but this, of course depends on location, provider etc.)
An added advantage is that it is designed in such a way as to allow easy ‘add-ons’ when needs increase, thus introducing the all- important element of future-proofing. The initial installation cost is, as you would expect, significantly higher than that of FTTC and this does prove to be inhibitive to many smaller businesses.
Ethernet Fibre (also sometimes referred to as Direct Internet Access or Leased Line) is a dedicated connection, direct from the network to your premises. The connection is a symmetric one which means that the upload speeds and download speeds are exactly the same and this feature is the one most often valued by businesses who upload a large amount of data on a daily basis.
There are a number of additional features which make this an attractive connectivity option for businesses of all sizes including:
- It is a dedicated line and bandwith is therefore not shared with any other businesses
- There are no upload/ download limits
- The circuit is automatically monitored and will proactively identify and resolve any issues
- It uses the same protocol as your internal network so there are no compatibility issues
Costs for Ethernet Fibre are dependent on the bandwith required and there are a number of levels to choose from which provide increments between 10Mb and 1Gb. As you would expect the costs reflect the much higher speeds, capacity and symmetric nature of the connectivity to be achieved and this certainly means that consideration of exact needs vs ‘ideals’ may have to be made.