What is broadband?
Broadband is a fast, permanent ADSL connection. It's sometimes referred to as "Instant DSL", meaning that once you've switched on your wireless router you're connected to the internet.
Most businesses in the UK access the internet through business broadband and in 2013 dial-up had almost completely disappeared with less than 1% of businesses using it, thus in August 2013 most internet service providers turned off their dial-up service completely, due to the limited amount of business customers using it.
According to the same report, DSL (Digital Subsriber Line) broadband was used by 45% of businesses while fibre optic was how 42% of the business community connected to the internet. Following the increased investment into wireless router technology from the telecoms sector, It is now accepted that most businesses now choose to use their broadband wirelessly.
The main reasons why broadband has made dial up obsolete are follows:
·Business broadband is significantly faster than any dial-up connection. This is because it uses a higher bandwidth than dial-up, meaning more data packets can be carried at a faster speed. Dial-up uses the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to establish a connection to an internet service provider (ISP) via telephone lines
·A broadband connection doesn't tie up your business phone line, so you're free to make and receive calls while online, nor do you need to install a new business phone line.
·Broadband is able to carry video, voice and data at the same time, meaning you can enjoy a full range of internet services. With a broadband connection you can also download music, video and TV programmes, play online games, share photos and much more, without the original issues dial up caused by a slow internet connection.
How does business broadband work?
ADSL (a type of DSL) broadband uses the existing telephone network. A phone socket filter, also known as a microfilter, converts the phone line into two separate signals, one for telephone (known as voice) and one for internet access (known as data)
This means that you can make and receive business telephone calls while you're online. ADSL broadband is widely available in the UK, with coverage available to more than 99% of the population.
Fibre optic broadband
Fibre optic broadband delivers a connection through cables made up of thousands of fibres as thin as human hair. Such cables can provide consistent, superfast speeds, no matter how far you are from a telephone exchange.
What sort of broadband should I choose?
Your choice of broadband connection will be partly decided by where you live and what’s available in your area. In addition, you should think about speed and cost, with faster connections likely to be more expensive.
The speed you need depends on how you use the internet and your level of usage. Once you've considered these factors, finding the right broadband package for you should be simple. You can check the speed available on your phone line or even via postcode using our broadband checker CHECK SPEED HERE
Once you've established the speed to you can receive on your phone line, decide the amount of data your business is likely to use. If you are a new business and require a new business phone line and broadband installation, please feel free to contact a member of our team today who would be happy to help you decide which package best suits your new business. 0800 612612 9