Connectivity is no longer about simply supporting email and a little website browsing while your employees are on break. Internet connectivity is a major component of the technology infrastructure that supports your business, with interruptions impacting a wide range of processes from communications through transactions on cloud-based applications. For all of your online business processes, business fiber is the ideal connection in terms of speed and superior quality.
Upgrading to business fiber introduces new levels of productivity, reliability and speed. Business fiber is superior to copper and coax cable technology because it offers higher bandwidth, faster upload and download times, improved security and a more manageable long-term cost of ownership.
Is Your Building On-net?
If your company is contemplating a move, it’s a good idea to find out whether a potential new location is in a building on-net with fiber, because lighting a building for fiber is the single most expensive aspect of installation. You can also find out if your existing building is on-net with fiber.
Your building is on-net with fiber if the fiber facilities are physically installed in the building and are connected to the Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) network. If the building’s fiber only extends to a pole or to an underground handhold, this is not considered an on-net building.
It’s an important first step to determine if your building is on-net, because upgrading is easier, cheaper and faster if the building is already installed for business fiber. If the building is already on-net, you eliminate the costs of not only installation, but also obtaining the permits necessary to install fiber. Both permitting and construction costs can be highly variable depending on where your business is located.
Should You Install Business Fiber?
Even if you’re working with a carrier known for fast response times, much of the long wait commonly associated with lighting a building is outside of their control. Areas like bureaucracy, the complexity of the building’s construction and the distance from certain features like a subway or river can impact wait times. You may be required to obtain many construction permits because of these types of features and obstacles and how they impact the installation process.
Find Out If Your Building Is On-Net for Business Fiber
Your first step in determining whether you’ll need to do a from-scratch business fiber installation is checking to see if your building is on-net. If you are not working with a connectivity provider that will do this for you, you will need to start by identifying the major business fiber carriers in your area. There are also online tools that may be able to identify whether your building is on-net. This can be quite time-consuming, so before you make moves to do this yourself, it will be beneficial to talk to a network provider that includes this discovery process in its contract with you.
If you determine that your building requires business fiber installation, there are several factors that will influence the process. While assessing the cost requires an on-site evaluation, there are some aspects that are universal:
Distance of the fiber ring: This is the single biggest factor impacting the cost of your installation. If the fiber ring is located in the immediate vicinity of your building, your costs will be much lower than if it is a mile away.
The presence of an existing conduit: If your building has an existing conduit, your installation will be simpler and it will help to keep your costs down.
Physical obstacles: As mentioned above, the presence of railroad tracks, a subway or a river can introduce additional costs to a business fiber installation.
On-site storage space: You’ll need space to store your fiber, so if your closets used for telco equipment are already packed, you may need to make room in your budget for more space.
Power sources: Evaluate your telco room to determine whether there is adequate power to support business fiber, including an emergency generator that can activate service. Having enough power for fiber is another factor that can increase costs for your installation. This takes on more urgency if you’re also supporting a VoIP system; you want to be able to call 911 if there’s an emergency.
Size of the building: The cost of the installation is somewhat influenced by the size of the building.
There’s no universal price tag for acquiring business fiber, but the single biggest factor is whether your building is fiber on-net. If so, your installation cost should be straightforward and relatively low.
That doesn’t mean that installing business fiber is prohibitively expensive if you’re in a building that’s not on-net. Introducing fiber connectivity may quickly pay for itself in terms of productivity, customer loyalty and speed of innovation.
To learn more about the possibility of installing business fiber and what the cost would be for you to have access to superior connectivity, contact us at iTel.