Modern Networks offers you a complete business broadband package including a pre-configured router and micro-filter. Our business broadband services deliver high quality, affordable broadband with fast download speeds “up to 330Mbps” depending on your telephone line and location.
A dedicated leased line provides high speed, secure, robust and reliable business Internet. Ideal for businesses reliant on high bandwidth applications such as Internet telephony, frequent file sharing and remote working.
How to select the right broadband for your business
Choosing the right broadband service for your business can be confusing. There are many different options. If you make the wrong choice, it can have serious consequences. You might get stuck with a service that regularly underperforms or find yourself paying for bandwidth you never use.
Things to consider when choosing your business broadband include:
- How many users do you have?
- How many online applications and services do you use?
- How much data do you want to send and receive monthly?
- How many remote workers do you have?
- How important is latency (the time delay between sending and receiving a signal), reliability and security?
- Do you want to host your own website?
- Do you want to run your own servers?
- Do you want to enable remote working, use Cloud telephony and Cloud data backup services?
- Do you operate CCTV, building management systems and payment terminals?
You will also need to consider what level of service and technical support you will need.
Broadband speed test
There are a number of reasons to do a broadband speed test. First, you will get a clearer picture of what type of service you are currently getting. Second, you can check that you are generally receiving the level of service your provider promised. Thirdly, once you know what broadband speeds you are currently getting, you can make an informed decision about changing your service provider or staying with them.
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Modern Networks offers you a choice of business broadband solutions from low-cost ADSL to dedicated leased lines.
Copper cable has been used in the communications industry for over 140 years. ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) uses existing copper telephone lines to send data from your nearest exchange to your office. The greater the distance between the exchange and your office, the slower your Internet connection (this is known as attenuation). ADSL provides much slower upload speeds than download speeds, which can prove a serious problem if you use business applications that need to send lots of data with low latency.
ADSL is slower than fibre optic broadband, and more prone to interference, but still provides a reliable connection at a low price. However, the UK’s copper telephone network (PSTN and ISDN) is being retired in 2025. Many copper-based services will stop being sold from 2023.
Fibre optic broadband
Fibre optic broadband sends data as a beam of light down a cable the width of a human hair. A single fibre optic cable can carry as much information as thousands of copper cables. Fibre offers far greater capacity and reliability than standard ADSL broadband. Fibre broadband loses almost no signal strength over long distances (low attenuation) compared to ADSL. Fibre is also impervious to electromagnetic interference. If you are a business with many users, running lots of online applications then fibre broadband is probably for you.
Fibre broadband comes in two types:
FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet)
FTTC broadband uses a fibre optic connection from your provider to a cabinet in the street near your business. However, FTTC still uses inefficient copper cable from the cabinet to your premises, which can affect performance. This is the most common type of broadband setup in the UK. Typically, it is quick and cheap to install because it uses the existing infrastructure.
FTTP (Fibre to the Premises)
FTTP broadband uses a fibre optic connection that runs directly from your provider to your premises, without any copper cable to slow things down. This type of connection can achieve some truly whopping upload and download speeds. However, existing FTTP connections are limited, which usually means you will have to pay to get the fibre cabling installed. For most businesses, FTTC is fine. However, if you have many users, running lots of high bandwidth, mission critical applications then FTTP is preferable.
Many things can affect your broadband speed. Your building might have poor wiring, your router might have seen better days, and you might be sharing your broadband line with other users. This is known as ‘contention’. The more businesses that share a broadband line the slower your average speeds will be.
If you are using ADSL broadband then contention can be a real problem for business users. However, if you have fibre broadband then its higher capacity makes contention less of an issue.
Of course, if your business uses multiple bandwidth-hungry applications such as video conferencing, CCTV and parking payment systems, you might want a dedicated ‘leased line’ that is yours alone.
A leased line is a dedicated broadband connection. Rather than sharing a broadband line with your neighbours, you have one all to yourself. You won’t have to worry about contention, slower speeds or fluctuating performance. Leased lines ensure predictable speeds, reliability and greater security.
A leased line provides a symmetrical connection, where you get equally fast upload and download speeds. A symmetrical connection is important when using applications that need to send and receive large packets of data quickly such as video conferencing, CCTV and Cloud telephony.
If you have many users, sharing large amounts of data, who rely on Cloud applications, and where latency, privacy and security is important then you should consider a leased line.
Losing your Internet connection can seriously disrupt your business. That’s why it is important to check your business broadband provider’s service level agreement (SLA). This will explain how quickly certain problems should get fixed, minimum amount of downtime and connectivity speeds.
All business broadband providers offer customer support. However, you should choose a support package that best suits your business needs such as 24/7 availability. If your broadband connection is vital to your business then you won’t want to skimp on support.
4G Rapid Deployment Service
Today, you simply cannot run a modern office building, shopping centre or distribution centre without the Internet. When you move into a new building, it can sometimes take weeks to get your Internet services up-and-running, depending on your provider. Not having easy access to email, Cloud services and other systems can be a costly, frustrating headache. Modern Networks 4G Rapid Deployment Service is the perfect temporary solution for any building that needs immediate Internet access while waiting for fixed line services to be installed. It’s also a great way to tackle those costly unexpected Internet outages.