Fibre broadband is growing in popularity within businesses, who are taking advantage of the cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) tools. This is often down to its high speeds, and high quality data transmissions improving efficiency within the businesses. There are a few other reasons though why fibre is beneficial and to be considered by decision makers within a business.
Firstly, what is Fibre broadband?
Fibre broadband is the transference of digital information being sent as pulses of light. The transmissions are made over plastic or glass cables, rather than the copper cables of standard broadband. This offers less resistance and therefore faster transfer speeds. The average fibre connection has download speeds of approximately 50Mbps to 100Mbps dependent on the provider.
There are two types of Fibre connections – FTTP and FTTC. FTTP is Fibre to the premises, where the connection bi-passes the cabinets – a much faster connection, more reliable and normally comes with guaranteed response times to faults but has a higher monthly cost. FTTC is Fibre to the cabinet, where the cable to the local BT cabinet is Fibre optic but to your premises is then copper, it’s much more cost effective but does not come with any guarantees.
So how can it help my business?
Fibre broadband can increase the speed in which your business transfers data, not just between internal departments but also with suppliers. SanDisk’s recent research showed that employees lost one week per year of productivity to slow internet connections. For businesses using the cloud – currently 82% of businesses – using Fibre can speed up tasks such as accessing their customer relationship manager tools or data storage files. Less time is then spent waiting for customer data when customer service representatives are on the phone. Therefore, improving efficiency and productivity.
It can also improve the quality of HD video-conferences and VoIP calls, reducing the risks of losing a call connection. The reliability in Fibre also means those employees situated further from the main broadband inlet within the business will not suffer a reduce level of signal. The signal stays consistent rather than suffering latency the further it travels, improving collaboration quality between employees.
A big plus for Fibre is the security it offers a business. The ability to access a business cable internet is relatively easy thanks to cable tapping and other methodologies. With Fibre, the only way to penetrate the internet connection is by physically cutting the cables itself, causing the signal to instantly disappear. Although this does not stop hackers from gaining access through portals on your internet connection itself, or PCs in your office, all of which can be prevented with a good security system. Fibre cables are more resilient to pressure applied from external sources, able to withstand up to 200 pounds of pressure. They are also impervious to water ingress and don’t corrode like copper. So, there are no worries about your connection being damaged if the road nearby is being worked on.
In our opinion fibre is a must for all businesses even when it costs ten times more than standard broadband the benefits of cloud working far outweigh the cost.
How do I get connected?
Getting connected is getting easier, with the government encouraging more areas to be adapted to accept Fibre broadband, particularly FTTP connections. A quick online check can ascertain whether your business is already able to get FFTC. If not, FTTP is the way to go and copper cables can be replaced with direct Fibre cables, but there can be some disruption to get the fibre to your building.
If you do, then there will be an initial outlay of installation costs, which is higher than standard broadband fees. The monthly fees, although on their way down, are still slightly higher as well for FTTC. FTTP is a much bigger step up on monthly costs however, many businesses do believe the increase in productivity and the opportunities Fibre can offer a business far outweigh the current additional expenses.
Talk to an expert about the best service for your business and don’t go for the cheapest option as this could leave you with the wrong service and frustrated with support issues. Make sure your supplier knows how you need to use the service and what you want to use it for before you place an order. See how we can help you with your broadband.