Business Broadband Sunderland

March 04, 2015
by Alex Tough

“To help Sunderland businesses understand better about broadband types, we will explain each technique. This will help to get the best out of your Connection Vouchers!”

There’s an enormous range of acronym-heavy technologies available to business broadband customers – ADSL, SDSL,  and wireless to name but a few. The consequences of choosing the wrong access technology for your business could be an unnecessary bill running to tens of thousands of pounds.

So to help Sunderland businesses understand better about broadband types, we will explain each technique. This will help to get the best out of your Connection Vouchers!

Types of Broadband

Broadband via satellite

It is possible to receive broadband via a satellite. Most services offer up to 3.6Mbps download and 384Kbps upload speed as a standard.

The majority of satellites currently used are located in geostationary orbits. This means they appear to remain fixed above one location on the Earth’s surface, normally over the equator, enabling them to always receive and send signals back and forth to the same area on Earth. A geostationary orbit has to be at an altitude of about 23,000 miles above Earth, hence their “footprint” (the area covered by their signal) is extremely large, e.g. most of Europe for satellites targeted at this continent.

You are almost guaranteed to be able to get broadband via satellite. You will need a satellite dish and a subscription to a satellite ISP. They normally set the dish and equipment up for you as part of your installation fee.

Building, launching and operating satellites is very expensive, and these costs are necessarily passed on to people using their services. Satellite broadband tends to be more expensive than ground-based technologies and have much stricter limits in terms of how much information you can send and receive.


Around 80 per cent of internet users in the UK connect through an ADSL or ADSL2+ connection. ADSL broadband uses BT telephone lines to transmit data, and so is the most widely available and easiest to set-up.

ADSL broadband connections work by splitting your phone line into two separate channels, one for data (internet) and one for voice (telephone), so you can be connected to the internet and use the telephone at the same time.

Although you do not need an additional phone line for an ADSL broadband connection, you do need a modem. If you have more than one device connecting to the internet, you’ll need to get a combined modem and router. These are cheap (some providers offer them free) and very easy to set up.

Getting an ADSL broadband connection through your BT phone line does not mean you need to choose BT as your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You can choose from a range of ISPs and still keep your BT phone line, although you will still need to pay a monthly line rental to BT.


Cable broadband connections use fibre-optic cables to transmit data, so until the new cabling infrastructure is in place it will only be available in certain areas and from certain providers, such as Virgin Media, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Plusnet.

Cable internet connections require a special modem, which can be connected with a TV receiver box and telephone line. ADSL modems and routers won’t work on cable connections.

Cable speeds in the UK reach a maximum of 120Mbps. Factors that affect speed will depend on the type of fibre connection you have, but fibre is still the fastest and most reliable connection available.

Wireless Broadband

Wireless broadband is one of the ways in which broadband can be delivered to your PC. This type of broadband requires an antenna to be installed to get connection to the Internet.

Wireless broadband is particularly suitable for distributing information between buildings and for homes where access to ADSL or cable broadband is unavailable.

One service we can offer is to install purple WiFi. This allows your customers to use your internet connection ‘wirelessly’ and for no fee. To use your WiFi they must sign in using their social media accounts. More info on purple WiFi can be found here.

Mobile Broadband

Mobile broadband is a form of wireless internet technology that gives users the freedom and flexibility of broadband on the move. Built in network cards and add-ons such as USB modems and adapters provide the ability of Internet access at the office, in the car or down at your local cafe.

Connection Vouchers

The £3bn investment of Virgin Media’s network upgrade welcomes the Connection Voucher scheme with open arms in the City of Sunderland. The recent news that the government is extending the voucher scheme until March 2016 allows more companies to upgrade their broadband to superfast speeds.

If you’re a SME that has broadband installation costs over £100 and you’re willing to sign up to a minimum of a 6 month contract with the broadband supplier then we can help. Rymote are proud to be in a position to offer this to our customers, we will provide all the assistance needed to make your business broadband superfast!

Who’s Eligible?

Rymote are in a proud and prestigious position to offer this to businesses across Sunderland. We can deliver this scheme to you but first you need to;

  1. Have broadband installation that will cost over £100 and willing to sign up to a minimum of a 6 month contract with the broadband supplier.
  2. You need to be an SME, registered charity, social enterprise or sole trader.
  3. Your connection is for your business premises only, you can however apply for a connection at home if that is your work base but not if you occasionally work from home.
  4. You have not received more than £120,000 in grants in the last 3 years.

What’s Next?

You can either fill in the form below or visit our Connection Vouchers page to find out more Information.

Hurry, Connection Vouchers are available for a limited time only, so start applying today.

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