What to Look for When Buying Fibre Internet for Business

by | Mar 14, 2020 | Blog, Fibre | 0 comments

Let’s simplify it.

You’ve decided to boost productivity and take your company to the next level, but where to start?
Whether it’s deciding what symmetrical speed you need, or what provider to choose, there’s a lot to look at when buying your next high-speed business internet connection. Here’s our ultimate shortlist of what to look for when buying fibre internet for your business:

1. True fibre, not FTTN

With so many fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) services popping up, it’s easy to get confused. What is FTTN? FTTN uses fibre optic cable to transmit data a part of the journey, while the last few miles of the connection are switched over and transferred on copper or another wire. FTTN is common for residential fibre internet, where the cable is shared between houses and promised speeds aren’t obtainable (especially at peak times).

When buying your internet, look for an end-to-end fibre optic solution, not an FTTN fluffed with marketing mumbo jumbo to look like true fibre.

2. Dedicated speeds

Ever notice *speeds up to in the fine print? Although fibre is known to be fast, some internet providers don’t actually guarantee these advertised speeds.
Always look for dedicated speeds that are guaranteed when shopping for fibre internet, or else you may get the variable speeds of FTTN mentioned above. Since only your business will have access to that dedicated connection, it’s also much more secure than a typical shared line.

3. Guaranteed uptime

According to Gartner, the average hourly cost of downtime for computer networks is $42,000 per hour, so it’s no wonder uptime is an important connection aspect. Look for a 100% Service Level Agreement (SLA) that guarantees a company’s commitment to quality and uptime.

4. Unlimited data usage

When you compare fibre internet services, make sure the plan has unlimited data usage. As companies increasingly use the cloud for everyday tasks like video conferencing, data usage can quickly max out. With a fibre service that offers unlimited capacity, your employees can stream those YouTube playlists all day long.

Bottom Line

When looking to boost productivity with fibre internet, it’s essential to ensure the service you choose has these four features: true fibre end-to-end, dedicated speeds, guaranteed uptime, and unlimited data usage.

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