The vast amount of internet connection options can be confusing. Businesses across the UK often pick insufficient lines for their needs. Here at On-Site Connect, we love to help, so we’ve documented the most common options available and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line): Most popular current option available. ADSL uses the existing phone lines making it widely available and cost effective. Although ADSL can offer a fantastic service the download and upload speeds are not as good as all other alternatives. Furthermore the further your business is from the exchange the less reliable connection you will receive.

Bonded ADSL: This option combines ADSL lines to offer improved download and upload speeds. This is a good alternative if fibre connections are not available, however the speeds will not be comparable to fibre. This option will also have the same limitations as singular ADSL lines listed above.

FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet): This option utilises fibre-enabled cabinets to bring fibre connection closer to your business. The connection from the cabinet to your business still uses copper, however the cabinet is connected to the exchange using fibre-optic cables. This option offers much improved download/upload speeds and increases reliability. FTTC is not as widely available as ADSL, however many businesses across the UK will still be able to receive this. (Increase Broadband Speed, n.d.)

FTTP (Fibre to the premises): Similar to FTTC however FTTP connection offers fibre direct from the exchange to your premises. This option offers fantastic speeds and reliability however it is not currently widely available. Projects are currently being undertaken to increase its availability and more locations can expect to have this option over time.

Leased Line: Uncontended connection for your business meaning no issues with speed during usual higher traffic times. Leased lines offer excellent symmetric download and upload speeds and has a quick SLA fix minimizing risks of experiencing downtime. This option is the most expensive available, has a long lead time and a higher installation cost (HSO, n.d.)

EFM (Ethernet first mile): An alternative to fibre-leased lines which is becoming more available across the UK. Like leased lines these offer symmetric download/upload speeds and allow businesses to have an uncontended line. EFM also like lease lines cost more to install and have a long lead time.

MiFi: If you’re in a remote location and getting a line in doesn’t look likely, we can offer a MiFi connection which utilities 4G technology to provide connection. This can provide users with connections on shorter contracts and can be implemented quickly. The location will need a good 4G coverage for this connection to be possible.

If you’re looking to get connected call us today on 0845 0777 071. On-Site Connect’s team will offer a free assessment of the options available and give an unbiased recommendation of which is most suitable for you.


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