A reliable, high speed connection is vital
We all rely on the internet more than ever to keep our businesses running smoothly so making sure you stay connected is our top priority.
In addition to this, more and more businesses are running voice (SIP and IP telephony) services over their broadband. This means that guaranteed uptimes (and fix times) are becoming more important than ever.
Which type of business broadband is best for you?
There are numerous types of broadband or Ethernet available to businesses. Speed and reliability are critical to everyone – but so is price! We’ll get to know your business before suggesting the right solution for you.
We are experts in this field and whilst we supply a wide range of products, we’ll help guide you through the decision making process.
What you need will dictate the best product for you and here are some of the options:
Fibre broadband/leased Lines
Fibre broadband is a dedicated fibre connection which works through fibre optics cables rather than using traditional copper wire. It typically offers guaranteed speeds from 10MB to 1000MB and comes with a 4 hour SLA (guaranteed fix time). Prices for this type of connectivity have dramatically reduced over the past few years, making it more accessible than ever to smaller businesses.
Ethernet over Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (EoFTTC)
Ethernet over FTTC uses the existing copper infrastructure and is very similar to EFM in the way that it’s delivered. Unlike ADSL, FTTC or FTTP broadband, EoFTTC is completely uncontended, meaning you don’t have to share your bandwidth with other local internet users in your area. Crucially, it also comes with a 7 hour SLA (guaranteed fix time).
Fibre-to-the-cabinet is a type of fibre broadband. It involves running fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange to the distribution points (the green roadside cabinets). It then connects with a standard phone line to your office, so still uses some copper wire. It is faster than ADSL but not as fast as FTTP. It is by far the most cost-effective type of ‘superfast’ broadband but does not come with an SLA.
Fibre-to-the-Premises is a lesser known type of fibre broadband that is sometimes available in areas where FTTC is not available. It involves running fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange all the way to your office. It does not use copper, can offer speeds of up to 330MB and can be quite cost-effective. However, it does not come with an SLA as it was originally designed as a residential product.
Ethernet First Mile (EFM)
Ethernet First Mile or EFM is one of the highest quality forms of data connectivity currently available in the UK. It uses pairs of copper wires giving identical download and upload speeds. It is extremely resilient because if one wire is damaged the other remains live.
Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Multi-Protocol Label Switching is a type of data-carrying technique for high performance telecoms. In a traditional IP network each router performs an IP look up and determines the next-hop, bouncing information around your network and over the ‘unprotected’ internet. MPLS effectively creates your own ‘private’ internet cloud. MPLS is an ideal solution for businesses with 2 or more sites where speed of data transfer, reliability and security are of paramount importance.
HSRP (Hot Standby Router Protocol)
HSRP is a failover solution that comprises of 2 different connections, linked via a switch, with the same external IP address(es). The key with this solution is that the failover (i.e. when the primary connection fails) is automatic and, because both connections have the same IP address, no re-configuration of any on-site equipment is required. This is an ideal solution for businesses who absolutely require maximum uptime – and it can also be used as part of an MPLS solution for businesses with multiple sites (see above)
Annex M is an added feature available on ADSL2+ connections that enables you to increase upload speed by trading some of your download speed. It can be particularly useful for businesses with remote workers and regional offices that regularly send and receive large files or download and upload files to and from VPNs.
ADSL broadband is a connection which works through the copper wires of your existing phone line. It is the most popular type of broadband, simply because in most cases it requires minimal installation. ADSL is a reliable type of broadband but not the quickest. Most business will now be using ADSL2 or ADSL2+ that are quicker versions of ADSL.
What our clients say about us
“Our telecoms have been looked after by 5 Rings for 10 years and we were very used to working with Guy. It was music to our ears when we heard that all the support staff were cross trained and could deal with any enquiry from any customer, as this was something we'd definitely come up against before with other providers. Now we know that if Guy isn't around, we need not panic as anyone can look up our service package and support us with any Telecoms or IT issue at any time.”
Matt Jacobs, Director, Jacobs Steel
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We provide a broad range of Broadband & Internet Access solutions for a variety of sectors. We typically work with SMEs who are unsure about the quality of service they are receiving from their current provider or are keen to upgrade their system.