Rethink your connectivity strategy!
Bandwidth hungry services and applications are rapidly reshaping the connectivity requirements of businesses. Cloud computing, video – conferencing and more flexible working practices coupled with the sharp rise in mobile devices and burgeoning data growth, are forcing companies of all sizes to re-evaluate their needs.
The rise of bring your own device and remote working is increasing expectation of always being connected from any location. Demand on bandwidth is growing exponentially in line with those connected devices. According to Cisco’s Virtual Networking Index – a quarterly survey that tracks the growth of data traffic such as video and internet services – the number of devices connected to IP network will be nearly three times higher than the global population in 2016.
All of these developments are putting a massive strain on companies’ infrastructure, forcing them to reassess their connectivity choices. The issue is compounded as the line between connectivity solutions are blurred. With the arrival of greater speeds and improved Service Level Agreements from broadband and fibre, the distinction between DSL and leased line technology is becoming increasingly difficult to understand.
Ensure that you select the right connectivity for your needs.
Greater choice is undoubtedly good news but how do you then chose the option or options that are right for your business? A good starting point for companies is to make a careful evaluation of their current and evolving needs. If you are concerned that a slow or interrupted connection has already impacted sales, customer service, security or employee productivity, or even slowed down email or affected your internet access, the chances are you need to reconsider the technology you are using.
Starting with your current needs, the first step is to look at the applications you are using, how critical they are to your business, and who is using them from which location.
A company that wants to speed up their internet connection or send large documents via email, as well as reduce the chance of service interruptions, could find that an upgrade from broadband to fibre optic connectivity will in-fact meet their ever changing needs. Typically, fibre provides eight-times faster download and twenty- times faster upload speeds than your standard broadband, boosting productivity. Fibre will also enable you to deploy higher-bandwidth applications such as delivering more reliable video conferencing and on-line collaborations, as well as run small applications from the cloud.
But it is also important to think about how your business might grow in the future. Fibre could be sufficient for a small expansion of your workforce, but more considerable considerable growth or the addition of more offices could require dedicates leased lines. The same consideration needs to be made if you are planning to use a more bandwidth hungry cloud service or run more applications online. It is important to consider who is accessing your applications, through which devices, and where they are based. A greater number of remote workers of employees using their own devices to applications could require an upgrade to fibre, leased lines or a mix of technologies to enable home and office working. Asking yourself simple questions could determine whether or not it is time for you to rethink your connectivity strategy.
Are emails sometimes slow to send and receive?
Are you sending more large documents via email?
Are you planning to run more applications online?
Do you plan to run some applications from the cloud?
Are a greater number of your employees using their own device in the workplace?
Does a slow or intermittent internet connection sometimes hamper with your employees’ productivity?
If you answered yes to all of the above, an upgrade to Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) could fit your needs. Fibre to the Cabinet guarantees speeds from 20mb upload and 80mb download ensuring that you are getting eight – times faster download and twenty – times faster upload speeds than your standard broadband, improving performance of applications, emails and broadband at peak times.
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