22 May 2015

Superfast Fibre Broadband (FTTC – Fibre to the Cabinet) is the highest grade broadband service currently available in the UK. The high download speeds available allow for web based applications to work more efficiently and makes for a connection that is more resistant to common broadband problems such as contention (a slowdown in performance when many users in an area are online at the same time). However, for businesses that are looking to get the most out of their data connection a dedicated business grade connection is the most suitable option. Sadly, with many business grade services being both cost-prohibitive and time consuming to deploy, many businesses are discouraged from exploring connectivity options that offer guaranteed uptime and SLA’s.

Then upgrade to EoFTTC Today!

Superfast Fibre Broadband (FTTC – Fibre to the Cabinet) is the highest grade broadband service currently available in the UK. The high download speeds available allow for web based applications to work more efficiently and makes for a connection that is more resistant to common broadband problems such as contention (a slowdown in performance when many users in an area are online at the same time). However, for businesses that are looking to get the most out of their data connection a dedicated business grade connection is the most suitable option. Sadly, with many business grade services being both cost-prohibitive and time consuming to deploy, many businesses are discouraged from exploring connectivity options that offer guaranteed uptime and SLA’s.

 

The good news is that if your business is one of the many that has already adopted Fibre Broadband or FTTC then you can very quickly and easily upgrade to a business grade Ethernet service called EoFTTC (Ethernet over Fibre to the Cabinet. Also known as GEA – Generic Ethernet Access) and instantly gain the business benefits of a dedicated data line at a substantially reduced cost when compared to other business grade leased-line services.

 

What is EoFTTC or the business grade version or Fibre Broadband?

EoFTTC is a hybrid technology that combines an FTTC (Fibre Broadband) connection with an Ethernet service (a standard business leased-line). This combination of technologies provides all the benefits of a dedicated connection – ie, consistent, reliable bandwidth free of issues such as contention with the possibility of symmetrical (equal) upload and download speeds subject to location – all this at a lower cost than other leased-line business connections such as EFM and Ethernet over Fibre. If your business already has an FTTC connection, then upgrading to EoFTTC is much quicker and more cost effective as the majority of the infrastructure required is already in place making EoFTTC much more effective for businesses that already have an FTTC enabled line and are looking for a more powerful and versatile data connection.

 

How do I benefit?

The main benefit of upgrading to EoFTTC is that your internet connection becomes:

 

1) Dedicated (bandwidth is yours and yours only)

2) Guaranteed speeds of up to 20Mb and up to 80Mb download (possibly symmetrical subject to location)

3) 8 hr SLA (guaranteed fix time in the event of an outage)

4) Lowest cost business grade internet connection available in the UK

 

What is a dedicated data connection?

If you are using any type of broadband connection (even fibre broadband) your connection is shared across local users – this is known as ‘contention’. This makes broadband inconsistent and even unreliable with a loss in quality or complete disconnection at peak times common problems. By upgrading to EoFTTC – a dedicated connection – this provides a direct link between your business and your local BT exchange. This link is yours and yours only – it is not shared with other local users. Consequently bandwidth is fixed, guaranteed and does not fluctuate. Having a dedicated service means that your businesses data services work 100% of the time and consistently provides the fastest speeds available over your line without ever slowing down.

 

What is a synchronous data connection?

Whilst a standard fibre broadband connection offers much faster download speeds it is actually the upload speeds that are of most importance to most online business processes. By upgrading to EoFTTC your connection also becomes a connection with guaranteed speeds of up to 80Mb (possibly symmetrical equal upload and download speeds subject to location). The far higher upload speeds available make EoFTTC perfect for utilising services such as cloud storage, VoIP, Video conferencing and web based communication services.

 

This then opens up your business to a whole new world – applications such as cloud storage are greatly improved as uploading files takes a fraction of the time regardless of the size, making cloud storage a viable alternative to traditional forms of data storage allowing you to cut costs and improve data versatility. Moreover, high upload speeds make VoIP services such as Hosted telephony , Video Conferencing and even inter-office communication and collaboration applications run smoother and faster – thereby enabling you to consider migrating your telecoms infrastructure to the cloud and removing all the expense associated with traditional forms of telephony (PBX maintenance, line rental charges, call rates etc). A dedicated data line such as EoFTTC can revolutionise the way you run your business by making the most of the cloud, saving money and improving business efficiency.

 

8 hour SLA (service level agreement)

Unlike broadband, EoFTTC comes with a committed 8 hour fix time with pro-active performance alerts.

If there is ever an outage on your connection it will be up and running again within this timeframe, if not you can claim compensation for downtime beyond the 8 guaranteed fix period.

 

Lowest priced business grade connection in the UK

EoFTTC takes advantage of the billions of pounds that have been invested by BT Group and the Government in rolling out high speed fibre broadband across the UK. The costs of attaining a business grade solution are therefore far lower for existing FTTC users than any other business grade service available. Prices start at only £125 /month which is a significant saving on other leased-line technologies. Plus as an extra bonus installation times are far faster than other leased lines as the services uses your existing FTTC infrastructure meaning you could be upgrading witihin 15 days!

 

We hope this article has helped to show how by upgrading your Fibre Broadband (FTTC) connection to a dedicated EoFTTC line you can revolutionise the way your business accesses the web and the way your telecoms infrastructure works. For more information please visit our EoFTTC services web page or contact our Sales team at sales@soconnect.co.uk T. 0333 240 1824.