One of the more recent developments in data connectivity is EoFTTC (Ethernet over Fibre To The Cabinet). EoFTTC utilises an FTTC (Fibre Broadband) connection to deliver an Ethernet grade service with dedicated, uncontended bandwidth. This mean upgrading from regular broadband to a business grade connection can now be achieved at a substantially lower cost in comparison to other forms of dedicated connectivity like Ethernet over Fibre or EFM.While EoFTTC can be significantly cheaper than other forms of business grade connectivity, does the additional cost mean it’s definitely a step-up from FTTC (Fibre broadband)?

Why would you want to upgrade? What can EoFTTC do for your business that FTTC can’t?

EoFTTC can offer a lot more than a standard Fibre Broadband (FTTC) connection – it would deliver more stable bandwidth although any business considering EoFTTC needs to verify service availability and whether it suits their needs. Here are some business benefits of upgrading to EoFTTC:

– EoFTTC offers Dedicated Connectivity. This means you are not sharing bandwidth with your neighbours and you won’t see drops in connectivity at peak times – you have consistent, reliable bandwidth free of issues such as contention. With EoFTTC the bandwidth is yours alone, this is not the case with Fibre Broadband (FTTC).

– EoFTTC can be provided with symmetrical bandwidth i.e (equal) upload and download speeds (subject to bandwidth required and location).

Why is this important for my business?

The increase in upload speeds can make a significant difference to running many business applications. FTTC upload speeds are often 10Mbps maximum whereas you can potentially double this with EoFTTC to 20mbps or possibly more. High upload speeds will enable:

1. Fast upload of large data files
2. Easy adoption of Hosted ‘Cloud’ services
3. Adoption of VoIP Telephony with associated cost savings
4. Video Conferencing and on-line Collaboration
5. Multiple data traffic – voice, data and internet

VoIP services require good upload speeds in order to deliver QoS (Quality of Service). This minimises delay and maximises quality of audio and video transmission meaning maximum call quality is achieved. Also Hosted cloud services such as SharePoint are made noticeably more efficient due to improved upload speeds, even large files such as high quality videos are uploaded in a fraction of the time it would take to upload on a regular broadband service.

You can still benefit from the ‘up to’ 80Mbps download speeds that comes with FTTC
As EoFTTC uses the same infrastructure as FTTC the same speeds can be available (subject to location)

EoFTTC is provided with an 8 hour SLA (service level agreement).
Unlike Fibre Broadband (FTTC), EoFTTC is backed by our comprehensive Service Level Agreement with a guaranteed 8 hour fix in the event of a service outage.

An SLA or Service Level Agreement is a contractual agreement between a service provider and an end-user, guaranteeing performance levels of a contracted service and service restoration time in the event of an MSO (Major Service Outage). If the service provider fails to work within the requirements of the SLA then the end-user can claim compensation for loss of service or downtime beyond the SLA’s remit. This is a valuable part of your DR (Disaster Recovery) policy which all businesses should have in place. If an MSO occurs and you have a service with an SLA then you effectively have a guarantee that service will be restored within a fixed timeframe, essential for companies where internet connectivity is business critical.

If EoFTTC is available to you, all the above benefits can come at a lower cost than EFM orEthernet over Fibre (leased-lines).

I have FTTC (or Fibre Broadband), can I upgrade to EoFTTC?

If your business already uses an FTTC connection, then upgrading to EoFTTC is quick and cost effective since the physical BT infrastructure required is already in place. Unlike EFM and Ethernet over Fibre, EoFTTC also offers a super-fast lead-time of around 15 working days.

What if I don’t already have FTTC?

No problem, just get in touch with us and we can do a quick check to see if you are eligible for Fibre Broadband. Fibre infrastructure has not yet been fully rolled out across all areas of the UK but the network is growing so even if you cannot yet receive FTTC not we can discuss other options to tide you over until it is available in your area.

What’s the price difference between Fibre Broadband FTTC and EoFTTC?

EoFTTC does entail an increase in cost due to its dedicated nature although this can be a less significant jump in comparison to other forms of dedicated connectivity. SoConnect Fibre Broadband (FTTC) services start from £34.95 /month with Business Grade EoFTTC starting from £125 /month (subject to bandwidth requirements and location). This represents a 40% cost-saving in comparison to other Ethernet services.

I’m interested, what should I do now?

For more information on SoConnect’s EoFTTC services, visit our EOFTTC webpage or contact our sales team at sales@soconnect.co.uk or call 0333 240 1824.