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High Speed Broadband

When it comes to internet connectivity, speed and reliability are essential. Read about the benefits of high speed broadband, get to grips with some of the jargon and find out how to get started.


High Speed Broadband – Overview
 

Broadband has become a standard requirement for business. High Speed Broadband adds extra dimensions to that, not just in terms of speed but also in terms of what can be done using the connection and reliability of the service.

High Speed Broadband enables more to be done over the internet making use of better line speeds and capacity. However, it is not the technology that is important here, but what you do with it. High Speed Broadband can make the current processes of a business work better and it can enable a business to do more and better things, extending its reach and potential.

What does the technology do?
 

High Speed Broadband makes use of fibre optic cables to deliver higher speeds, greater capacity and higher reliability across the Broadband network. Currently there are two ways of delivering this technology to a business (or home) user:

FTTC – (Fibre to the Cabinet) delivers fibre optic lines to a cabinet in the street or local area from where the final delivery is made using the existing (copper) telephone lines. This combination of fibre optic and copper can deliver speeds of up to 80Mbps for downloads (against average speeds of 5 – 6 Mbps for standard ADSL Broadband)

FTTP – (Fibre to the Premises) delivers fibre optic lines directly into the home or business user’s premises making it even faster. This can deliver download speeds of up to 160Mbps at present. Even faster speeds of up to 330Mbps may be available in the future

The exact speed you get depends on a number of additional factors like the length of your line from the telephone exchange or green roadside cabinet, the line quality and the equipment and internal wiring within your premises. It may also be affected by the package you purchase and the number of other users sharing the line (known as the contention ratio).

Business benefits of High Speed Broadband
 

Superfast broadband makes home life more fun, connected and productive. It opens up a vast world of learning and entertainment; provides better, cheaper and easier ways to keep in touch with friends and family across the world; and creates opportunities to work and learn successfully from home, revolutionising our lives.

Watch, listen and read

Lightning quick connection speeds means downloading films, music and ebooks can be done in a flash, letting you enjoy your favourites, whenever and wherever you like.

Get the whole family online together

Superfast broadband means the entire family can use multiple devices at the same time with no interruptions. The consistent and reliable service allows the whole family to use the internet at once; playing games, watching on demand TV, using social media, and doing homework, without any drop in the connection.

Keeping in touch

The faster connection means you can chat and see family, friends and work colleagues wherever they are using high definition video and voice calls.

Keep those precious moments safe

Superfast allows you to use online data storage (such as cloud computing) to back-up and save photos, videos and other precious memories.

Maintain older people’s independence

Superfast makes it easier for elderly and disabled people to maintain their independence and continue to live at home by taking advantage of new telecare and telehealth services that use the internet to alert health workers if they need help.

Learn something new

Learning has never been easier to access or more inspiring, with video, audio and interactive online courses. Superfast broadband allows you to access great resources to revise for exams, take up a new hobby or train for a new career.

Work from home

Superfast access to cloud computing, video conferencing and your employer’s network means that working from home has never been easier, allowing you to cut your commute and balance your work and home life more successfully. Superfast broadband makes it easier to set up a business too, opening access to low-cost business software and the quick upload and download of large files and images.

Business benefits

Superfast broadband can help transform existing businesses and enable new start-ups to get established. Reliable and consistent connectivity can boost productivity, even at the busiest times, regardless of the number of users online, and make it possible to build new business contacts around the world, reduce travel, and save money.

Communicating with customers

Superfast broadband can revolutionise how you communicate with customers and colleagues – improving customer service and cutting bills by speaking face to face with clients using video conference platforms for ‘virtual’ meetings in real-time.

Super charge your social media

Social media is here to stay and superfast means you can make the most of its instant, far reaching and cost-effective brand awareness and marketing opportunities.

Improve the look and feel of your website

Superfast broadband allows you to improve the look and functionality of your website. It is quick and easy to load high quality pictures and video and boost sales by giving your customers a richer experience.

Take advantage of affordable and cutting edge software

Superfast broadband gives you access to a raft of affordable leading-edge software and applications that can help you work more efficiently, connect with customers and colleagues around the world and allow you to be flexible about when and where you work.

Save time and money with ‘the cloud’

Cloud computing offers you greater flexibility about when and where you access the internet and can save you time and money. With the cloud software and data is hosted remotely at a data centre, not on your computer, so you can access it anywhere and from any device, as long as it’s connected to the internet.

Collaborate with others

Superfast broadband also makes it easy to share ideas and information with your colleagues or clients and collaborate on projects in a completely paperless way by making use of a cloud based secure work space.

Work flexibly from home

Superfast broadband can give you access to your business network from pretty much anywhere, so you can work from home or other locations and save time to enjoy your life in and out of work.

Data, data, data

These days we all need to handle more and more data and that takes bandwidth. Superfast broadband allows you to quickly send and receive super large video and graphic files as well as back-up your data remotely to keep documents safe and secure.

Your business could be eligible for a broadband connection voucher worth up to £3,000 to get superfast broadband.

Getting the most out of High Speed Broadband
 

Be prepared - Even before installing High Speed Broadband, you can be planning for your use of it.

It’s not only about the technology - The real difference is in what is enabled to happen in your business.

You have to do something to enable High Speed Broadband - Your existing Broadband service will continue unchanged. You will need to upgrade to a High Speed Broadband package.

Choose well - Compare the services being offered by the many service providers who can connect you to High Speed Broadband. Use the High Speed Cornwall and Connecting Devon and Somerset to create a list of potential suppliers.

Research the cloud - Discover services that can upgrade your capability or save you money across your new, reliable connection.

Check out your existing computer installation - Whilst your equipment may connect to High Speed Broadband, it could need upgrading to make best use of the additional data flow. Once line speeds cease to be a limiting factor, processing speeds may become a limiter.

Consider moving telephones on to VOIP - Voice Over IP systems use your High Speed Broadband connection and may operate more effectively, cost less and add in function.

Have a flexible working policy - Flexible working can improve productivity in some business types, increase your potential for diversity and make more space in your offices for expansion. Ensure that all workers understand the terms on which flexible working is permitted and monitor productivity to ensure benefits are really being achieved.

Monitor benefits - Measure your productivity before installation to ensure that you can measure and understand the effects of the new connectivity.

Continue to monitor the market - As your needs change and the technology continues to improve, ensure you know whether you need to change suppliers or technology and do so in a managed process.

Getting Started
 

High Speed Broadband is being quickly rolled out across Britain. The process will be progressive, so the first step is to check the appropriate website

BT Openreach is creating the infrastructure for High Speed Broadband. This can then be offered through a network of providers and resellers in your area. You will need to find a provider and sign up for the best package for you.

Not all providers offer the same service, so check out their offerings and associated costs and choose the one that best meets your profile of usage. In both of the above areas, there are support services available to support and guide you in making the most of this opportunity.

Upgrading your Broadband Speed should be a simple process. An engineer will call and install a new modem at your premises and you will receive a new router from your internet service provider. All your other telephone and computer equipment remains the same.

In order to gain the maximum benefit from High Speed Broadband, you should consider revisiting your ICT (Information and Communications Technology) plan with the intention of adding into it any areas of improvement that can be achieved with this enhanced capability:

Create a High Speed Business Plan

Consider how and where you can benefit

Evaluate any opportunities that arise and plan changes to your processes

Find professional business support to assist

Begin searching for and implementing solutions

Monitor benefits

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