As Sheffield is now a Gigabit city powered by City Fibre, the UK’s largest alternative network provider, Sheffield can now access a scalable full fibre connection starting at a guaranteed minimum speed of 500Mbps. Working in partnership with City Fibre, Digital Exchange can now offer this ground-breaking technology to all commercial and public sector organisations in the Sheffield region. Understanding the positive impact a full fibre connection can have on your business is not something to be ignored.
To that end, Digital Exchange have listed 10 benefits of full fibre connectivity to your business. How many resonate with your business?
- Speed – Full-fibre, not to be confused with a standard fibre connection, is many times faster than even the highest copper internet connections, options range from 500Mbps to 10Gbps, during periods of high demand for internet access, your business should never notice the internet slowing down.
- Cloud Access – 88% of businesses in the UK are now using the cloud in some capacity, from CRM, data storage and important business applications to billing and support. Full fibre means faster access to your data and applications stored in the cloud.
- Reliability – Internet access is the life blood for most businesses in 2019. If an internet connection goes down, the impacts can be catastrophic – no access to emails, if you have a VOIP telephony system no calls can be made or received, customers cannot get in touch and this could impact any potential for business to be done during the downtime. Full fibre is much stronger than copper internet as full-fibre is not susceptible to bad weather conditions, which can damage or stall data transmission via copper cabling. Fibre is also resistant to human or electrical interference unless the fibre is physically cut.
- Signal Strength – Traditional broadband internet using DSL or fibre to the cabinet, the signal degrades as the user moves away from the switch. The signal strength of fibre optic does not degrade as quickly over distance. Organisations in relatively large spaces could benefit from better signal strength throughout the facility.
- Bandwith – User activities, such as, web conferencing, streaming HD video, SIP trunking, file sharing or cloud applications all place high demands on business bandwith. Signs of low bandwith availability can include slow speeds, delays and pixelated video quality. If your current internet connection is not enough to support your company’s legitimate bandwith demands, you could significantly benefit from an upgrade to full-fibre internet connectivity.
- Symmetric Speeds – Employees are more likely to upload video content, files, or make phone calls while downloading content while they work than they were a decade ago. In this digital age, businesses need to have upload speeds as fast as download speeds, full fibre gives you that ability.
- Latency – This refers to the delays that occur while processing data over an internet connection. Fibre optic internet eliminates many of the latency issues users experience on cable internet, particularly uploading video or HD content. Eliminating latency ensures improved collaboration between employees, businesses have better quality VOIP, ability to move more apps to the cloud and download/upload of huge files without disruption.
- Security – customer, product and commercial data. Security certified cloud services and data centres now make it easy to protect these valuable assets and resources – and you can feel confident they are backed up and easy to recover in an instant.
- Cost Savings – Full fibre is a productivity tool for businesses. Eliminating speed issues could result in weeks worth of productivity increases each year. Security certified cloud services and data centres now make it easy to protect these valuable assets and resources – you can feel confident they are backed up and easy to recover in an instant.
- Support for HD Video – Teleconferencing and video conferencing, important tools for employee training. Utilising fibre connectivity, businesses can increase their investment in video conferencing as a business tool without sacrificing available bandwith.
For assistance in improving any of the above in your business, get in touch to arrange a free consultation.
Tel: 0114 220 3000