At SoConnect, we know that your business requires a reliable, fast & cost-effective internet connection. We also understand that it can be confusing with all of the internet options out there. Especially when it comes to technical jargon such as symmetrical or uncontended speeds. So we’ve put together a brief guide on the connectivity options available for businesses. So you can find the package to suit your business, whether you’re based at home, or you’re a large organisation with several offices across the UK.
Firstly, we will look at standard broadband and fibre connections, similar to what’s available at residential homes. These connections are ideal if you run a small to medium business and employ up to 20 people.
Broadband & Fibre Connections
This entry-level business internet solution is ideal if your business is small with up to 10 employees. It’s also a very cost-effective package if your business requires a basic, affordable internet connection with speeds up to 24Mbps. Business broadband is like residential broadband; however, the critical difference is that business connections are prioritised. This means that the connection will remain unaffected by other users’ usage patterns, and it won’t slow down during peak times, keeping your business running smoothly throughout the day.
Lead time: 5-7 working days
Is your business broadband package slowing your business down? Superfast business fibre is ideal if your business requires a faster and more reliable connection than standard ADSL broadband. It has download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds up to 20Mbps that won’t slow down at peak times. Because of the incredible amount of bandwidth Fibre offers, you can easily run cloud systems like hosted VoIP over the connection. It’s quick and straightforward to upgrade your broadband connection to superfast fibre, with a lead time of just 10 days.
Lead time: 7-10 working days
So we’ve covered some of the connectivity options suitable for small to medium-sized businesses. But what connections are there for larger companies that employ over 20 people and have multiple offices? We’d recommend an Ethernet connection for medium to large enterprises as it’s exclusive to your business. You won’t have to share the line with any other companies. Ethernet connections are incredibly reliable, so you‘ll have complete peace of mind.
Ethernet First Mile is an affordable way to deliver a dedicated line to your business with identical download and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. A considerable benefit of EFM is that the connection is solely for the use of your business. You won’t have to worry about competing for bandwidth at peak times with other internet users. Ethernet First Mile is a competitive alternative to fibre and an affordable solution if you don’t want to commit to Ethernet over Fibre. You can have peace of mind that an EFM line has guaranteed 99.95% uptime backed by our 6-hour fix time. Even if a component line fails, EFM will continue to deliver a connection to your business. Ethernet First Mile is perfect for businesses that rely on hosted systems like cloud storage or hosted VoIP phone systems.
Lead time: Up to 45 working days (Subject to location)
This is the ultimate connection for your business with symmetrical download and upload speeds up to 1Gb. A Leased Line has similar benefits to EFM. The main difference is that a Leased Line is scalable up to 10 gigabits. Investing in a Leased Line means you can choose the bandwidth that’s right for you from 10Mbps to 10Gb and flex your speeds up or down depending on your business needs. This is an ideal solution for businesses that upload to the cloud, share large amounts of data, or use hosted phone (VoIP) systems. A Leased Line is backed by our industry-leading 4-hour fix time and a UK-based team of experts available 24/7/365.
Lead time: 65 – 90 working days (Subject to location)
With our vast range of tailored packages, you’ll find the right solution to suit your needs and future-proof your business. If you’d like to learn more about our connectivity packages and request a free quote, contact our experts on 0333 240 1824 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.