Fibre Business Broadband
Fibre Broadband, Full Fibre Business Broadband, FTTC, FTTP, Ethernet over FTTx… what do all of these mean?
And which types of Broadband Connections are available to your business?
Fibre Business Broadband in all its forms.
In the UK there are two primary forms of ‘Fibre Broadband’, however the speeds and capabilities that these offer to businesses and end users are significantly different.
FTTC (Fibre To the Cabinet) is the more traditional fibre broadband type which delivers Fibre cabling to your local echange and then copper cable to your building. The primary problem with this type of connection is that it is still prone to a wide range of issues and interferences. For example, the further you are from the exchange, the longer the copper cable. And the longer the copper cable, the more your signal (and speed) can degrade. These copper cables are also prone to electrical (and intentional) interference. Due to the lower bandwidth capabilities of FTTC contended traffic bottlenecking can also cause lower bandwidth (and speeds) in peak hours also. However, for many businesses, FTTC is more than suitable where alternatives are not available.
FTTP (Fibre To The Premises, or Fibre to the Exchange), is ‘Full Fibre’ connection to your business. It is UltraFast full fibre broadband that is wired directly to the business from the exchange with the potential to allow speeds up to 1,000mbps in the UK.
FTTP’s (Full Fibre Broadband) speed capacity is significantly higher than standard ‘Fibre Broadband’ allowing for a range of benefits to your usage. The higher speeds come from data transmitting at the speed of light over fibre cabling, rather than transmitting over the traditional copper wire, FTTP has the ability to transmit large amounts of information over large distances without losing signal.
With FTTP we also see increased bandwidth capabilities. It is important to take into consideration when deciding on business broadband as it effects the quality of business internet service. FTTP (and the enterprise level Leased Line services) offers the best bandwidth compared to other forms of broadband like FTTC.
Unfortunately, FTTP isn’t currently available everywhere, however, expansions of full fibre connections are currently being worked on throughout the UK, so more businesses will have access to FTTP.
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What are the Benefits of Full Fibre Broadband?
FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) is significantly faster than FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet), this is due to the data being transmitted at the speed of light across fribre cables, as opposed to the older copper cables which will degrade the signal over long distances and are also prone to interference. Full Fibre (FTTP) offers the ability to reach speeds up to 1,000mbps in the UK.
Due to the increased speed and reliability Full Fibre FTTP connectivity is currently being expanded throughout the UK so that everyone can benefit from the enhanced speeds and reliability that FTTP can offer, however it isn’t currently available everywhere. Get in touch to find out more.
FTTP uses Fibre Optic Cables that run directly to your business. Copper cables used in standard Fibre (FTTC – Fibre to the Cabinet) lacks the reliability Full Fibre. The durability of copper cabling lacks reliability as they can be easily broken, signal can degrade over long distances and they are vulnerable to interference from electrical currents such as power lines, lightning or even deliberate signal scrambling.
FTTP also has larger bandwidth capabilities, meaning maximum amount of data transfer per second exceeds alternative forms of broadband, perfect for building your business broadband packages around.
FTTP allows you to use more devices at once without being slowed down; streaming, making video calls and more. This means that your connection won’t suffer during peak times as Full Fibre is less affected by peak time congestion that normal Fibre Broadband may suffer from.
Full Fibre Broadband is also capable of symmetrical speeds, meaning that upload and download speeds are the same. Most Fibre Broadband will limit you upload to decrease Bandwidth limitations. However, for Businesses, your upload speed may be just as important to you as your download, so it is important we tailor a service to suit your requirements.
What is the difference between Full Fibre and Leased Line?
Broadband and Fibre Broadband: Standard Broadband offerings are a connection that is shared with other businesses and even homes, which during peak times can often lead to bandwidth contension and slower speeds. Meaning that when your business is trying to get work done, your broadband connection is working against you. Unlike Leased Line connections the standard SLA fix time on most Fibre Broadband lines starts at 24 hours, however, this can often be much longer.
Leased Line: A leased line, also known as a dedicated line, is a full-fibre connection direct to your building where the bandwidth is 100% yours, all the time.
Our Leased Line’s offer 99.999% up time availability with speeds up to 10Gbps and industry leading service line agreements (SLAs), with guaranteed fix times starting as low as 6 hours. However, these fix times could be as low as 4 hours in some areas depending on availability.
These ‘UltraFast’, Ultra Reliable lines are essential for those businesses that require a guaranteed connection that will not be prone to downtime or speed reduction during peak times. And when paired with our ‘High Availability’ backup services we can ensure that in the eventuality that you experience that 0.001% downtime, that you will keep your business connected.
What is ‘Ethernet over FTTP/FTTC’?
Ethernet over FTTP/FTTC offers you the type of enterprise level support that you would expect from Leased Line but at a lower cost and using your existing infrastructure you have in place. Anyone who has an existing FTTP or FTTC connection can easily upgrade to EoFTTP or EoFTTC.
Unlike regular FTTP/FTTC, ‘Ethernet over’ services offer uncontended bandwidth and speed. Meaning that you are not sharing your bandwidth with other businesses or residential properties in your area. This will improve your speed and performance all day long, meaning that you will not be limited by bandwidth during peak times.
Another advantage of EoFTTP and EoFTTC is that you get far better Service Level Agreement Fix Times than are usually associated with FTTP and FTTC.
- EoFTTC has an 8 Hours Fix SLA
- EoFTTP has a 7 Hour Fix SLA
By comparison, Leased Line SLA Fix Time’s start at 6 Hours. However, in some area’s, where available, leased Line Fix Times can be as low as 4 Hours.
What is the future of Full Fibre Broadband/FTTP?
Currently FTTP Broadband is not available everywhere. However, the Government has committed to FTTP being available throughoutt the UK by 2023. We are working with infrastructure providers throughout the UK to ensure that we can offer these UltraFast Full Fibre connections to businesses as soon as they become available in each region. For example, in 2021 and 2022 we worked with Faster Britain to bring Ultra Fast Full Fibre Broadband to multuple towns and cities in the South Yorkshire and Midlands regions with more plans in place to roll out to more locations soon.
Understanding where you are located is vital to understanding what is available to you and also what may be available to you in the furture. Luckily One2Call’s services do all the research and planning for you, getting you the best deals for you and your business. We can even work directly with providers to understand if better, faster, more reliable infrastructure will become available for you in the near future so that we can plan what can be available for you now, whilst also planning for your businesses future.
At One2Call our philosophy is to get ‘Technology on your side’, but as part of this we also want to ensure that we get ‘Business Broadband on your side’, to benefit your business now, and in to the future.
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Practice Safe Internet & Stay Secure with your Business Broadband
When it comes to the internet, security is a big thing, especially for business who hold private/personal information which needs protecting/securing.
One2Call offer managed services that cover your security with bolt-ons available including:
And more to help keep your business and its data secure. We always recommend adding this coverage to your packages as the risks of cyber threat is far too great to get you and your business covered.
When it comes to business broadband is the backbone, supplying the WiFi/Wireless connection that you and your employee need every day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I get WiFi Included?
WiFi and Broadband are two separate things. Broadband is your connection delivered via fibre or copper cables to your business. Whereas Wi-Fi is technology that allows you to connect your wireless devices to the internet.
When your broadband is connected to your property a Router will allow the data to be used to connect devices to the internet. Some Routers (especially consumer Routers) will allow you to connect to the internet over Wi-Fi built in to the routers. However, in many cases, this built in WiFi may not be have a suitable range, capacity or speed to be suitable to most businesses. In this case most businesses will have separate wireless infrastructure to allow for a wide range of devices to connect to the internet over a large business footprint.
At One2Call we can also work with your business to asses your Wireless/Networking requirements, and we can recommend (and even install, manage and maintain) a solution to suit your business needs.
Is Security included with my Business Broadband?
When it comes to your cyber security, One2Call offer a range of services to keep you covered from all angles. These can all be added onto your plan as extras when we build your tailor-made service.
How reliable is my Business Broadband?
The reliability of your Business Broadband is dependent on a magnitude of factors. However, building an ultrareliable, ultrafast Business Broadband is most achievable with Full Fibre Broadband (FTTP) and Leased Lines, as its transmitting technologies allow signal to be passed directly to your business.
If you do have any issues, our broadband services come with industry leading SLA (Service Level Agreement) fix times to ensure that you can get your business back up and running as quickly as possible, and as we are carrier independent, we can also provide backup lines on separate connections or emergency connectivity options to vastly reduce your risk of any potential downtime.
What is Broadband Bandwidth?
Bandwidth is best defined as the maximum data transfer rate referring to the maximum amount of data transfer per second not the speed of data transfer.
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