Do you have the correct data connection for your business?
Staying connected to your colleagues and customers is vital. In the office, more and more gadgets and appliances - computers, phones, tablets - rely on Internet access, so having a connection that provides top-notch speed and reliability is a must.
It can be stressful when choosing between different Internet connection types. We've spoken to a number of businesses and realised that many companies don't have the right connection in place to suit their individual needs and requirements.
Before you decide which connection is right for you, you need to ask yourself this vital question...What do you need your Internet connection for? Many companies simply use their connection for browsing the web, however more and more businesses are now using their connection for voice, web conferencing and accessing their CRM online.
There are multiple Internet delivery methods available to businesses, from copper to fibre to wireless radio, each offering its own levels of speed and reliability. If you're unaware of these options, you may not be getting the best deal.
There are a few key differentiators which can help you determine which choice is best for your business, which we will cover in this article.
As with leased lines, EFM (Ethernet in the First Mile) delivers a high speed, reliable Internet connection to your business. Technically, the difference is that EFM uses copper pairs to connect to the local exchange, whereas leased lines utilise fibre. This results in EFM being much more cost effective, but still very resilient. The installation for EFM is a much simpler process too, with lead times generally being a lot quicker than lease lines.
EFM avoids the large excess charges associated with traditional fibre, so you can reduce costs, whilst boosting your connectivity and can expect to save as much as 60% of your existing leased line costs.
EFM is very resilient due to its copper infrastructure. If you lose connectivity on one copper pair, the others remain live, retaining 75% of the bandwidth.
Leased Lines explained
Leased lines (also known as Ethernet Over Fibre) are the highest grade of data connectivity currently available in the UK.
This private line only carries communications and traffic from your company, resulting in a guaranteed level of service. The line can be used for data, video and voice and is most effective when sharing bandwidth hungry applications between different offices. High-speed connections up to 1GB are available.
Leased lines run over fibre-optic technology, which is the most sophisticated method for transferring data. Fibre optics use light pulses to transport data down fibre lines, and cost much less to maintain than traditional copper lines. Today, all core networks are based on fibre due to its high-speed capacity and greater resistance to electromagnetic noise.
Internet services should be chosen on a case-by-case method. Whether you need EFM or a leased line comes down to your personal business requirements. If you're looking for a dedicated connection with a quick installation, but, do not require the highest grade of speed, then you should consider EFM. The cost of EFM is also cheaper than leased lines, making it cost effective too.
However, if complete scalability and flexibility are important to you then you should consider a leased line. The speeds you can achieve in both directions are much higher than anything else in the UK market today. The lead time is longer, but you'll be getting your very own secure and private connection that is solely used by your business, allowing you to use your connection for multiple applications.
If you're worried about setup fees, don't be. The Connection Vouchers Scheme is currently running in the UK, offering to cover the cost of installing superfast connections. The grant, which can be up to £3,000, can be used to cover construction costs of getting a leased line or EFM service.
If you're still unsure, Silver Lining will assess the individual requirements of your business - speed and bandwidth needs, reliability, contracts and SLAs - to choose the service that suits you. Whether you're in need of super-fast fibre to support heavy traffic across multiple sites, or basic copper for low usage or as a business continuity solution, we'll find the right solution for you.
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