At SoConnect, we know that your business requires a reliable, fast & cost-effective internet solution. We also understand that all of the internet options out there for businesses can be a little bit confusing and daunting especially when it comes to technical jargon such as symmetrical or uncontended speeds. So we’ve put together a brief guide on what kind of connectivity options are out there for businesses and which packages would suit your business, whether you’re based at home or you’re a large organisation with several offices across the UK.
Packages to suit your business:
Firstly we will take a look at standard broadband and fibre connections, similar to what’s available at residential homes. These type of connections are ideal if you run a small to medium business and employ up to 20 people.
Broadband & Fibre Connections
This is the entry level business internet solution, 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 key difference is that business connections are prioritised. This means that the connection will remain unaffected by other user’s 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
Bonded broadband is 4 times faster than standard ADSL broadband, making it a great solution if your business requires more bandwidth at an affordable cost. Bonded broadband works by rolling multiple internet connections into one. It combines up to 4 standard ADSL lines creating one single high-speed connection with up to 40Mbps download and 4Mbps upload speeds. Bonded broadband is far more resilient compared to a standard broadband connection. If one of the 4 lines fail, the connection is maintained across the remaining 3, making sure your business is always connected. Available throughout the UK, this is a great alternative if Fibre isn’t available in your area yet.
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 simple and quick to upgrade your broadband connection to superfast fibre, with a lead time of just 10 days.
Lead time: 7-10 working days
We’ve covered some of the connectivity options suitable for small to medium-sized businesses, but which type of connections are suitable for larger businesses that employ over 20 people and have multiple offices? For medium to large businesses, we’d recommend an Ethernet connection as it’s exclusive to your business so you won’t have to share the line with any other businesses and Ethernet connections are extremely 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 huge benefit of EFM is that the connection is solely for the use of your business meaning 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 phone (VoIP) systems.
Lead time: Up to 45 working days (Subject to location)
This is the ultimate connection for your business with speeds up 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 a gigabit. Investing in a Leased Line means you can choose the bandwidth that’s right for you from 10Mbps to 1Gb, flex your speeds up or down depending on your business needs. This is an ideal solution for businesses who upload to the cloud, share large amounts of data or who 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 who are available 24/7/365.
Lead time: 65 – 90 working days (Subject to location)
With our wide range of tailored packages, from superfast Fibre to a dedicated gigabit Leased Line connection, you’ll find the right solution to suit your needs and future-proof your business. If you’d like to find out more about our connectivity packages and request a free no obligation quote, you can contact our experts on 0333 240 1824 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.