Sunderland Business Broadband

March 05, 2015
by Alex Tough

There’s an enormous range of acronym-heavy technologies available to business broadband customers. For example internet access can be provided using different broadband technologies including satellite, cable, telephone wires, wireless or mobile connections. 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 type. This will help to get the best out of your Connection Vouchers!

Types of Business Broadband

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)

Also known as ADSL or SDSL, this is the most common type of broadband connection and is delivered through your existing phone line. Unfortunately it requires a good quality phone line, a local exchange to be “enabled” and you need to be located within a certain distance from the exchange. This makes it quite limited and is not really an effective solution for much of rural Ireland.


If you already have cable TV then you live in an area served by a cable operator. You will need a special modem to run alongside your TV box, and the operator will often bundle the cost of the TV and Broadband connections together in a cost effective package.

Like the DSL connection, this is more common in towns, and is not an option if you live outside the network area.


Satellite is generally considered to be the last resort for people living in remote areas. It requires the installation of a special satellite dish and modem, and the equipment and line rentals are often extremely expensive.


Wireless Broadband is the choice of WestNet, it provides a high speed and robust connection across rural areas and does not require a telephone line of any kind.

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.

Fibre broadband

Fibre optic broadband uses the latest fibre optic technology to provide faster, more reliable internet speeds. Most common variant of fibre broadband is fibre to the cabinet (FTTC), which can supply download speeds of over five times the maximum ADSL rate.

The actual speed you experience will vary depending on a variety of factors, such as how close to your computer the service provider brings the fiber and how the service provider configures the service, including the amount of bandwidth used. The same fiber providing your broadband can also simultaneously deliver voice (VoIP) and video services, including video-on-demand.

Variations of the technology run the fiber all the way to the customer’s home or business, to the curb outside, or to a location somewhere between the provider’s facilities and the customer.

Broadband over Powerline (BPL)

BPL is the delivery of broadband over the existing low- and medium-voltage electric power distribution network. BPL speeds are comparable to DSL and cable modem speeds. BPL can be provided to homes using existing electrical connections and outlets. BPL is an emerging technology that is available in very limited areas. It has significant potential because power lines are installed virtually everywhere, alleviating the need to build new broadband facilities for every customer.

Leased lines

Larger businesses or businesses with specialist data requirements may want to consider other options offered by business internet service providers, such as a dedicated ‘point-to-point’ leased line connection. Leased lines provide higher bandwidths, and better security and privacy over a line that is used exclusively by the purchasing business.

Each broadband connection method has their benefits and drawbacks. You should consider your options carefully. When looking at broadband packages, it might be helpful to think about:

  • your location, as not all broadband deals will be available in your area
  • your usage requirements, including bandwidth and speed needs, for now and for future growth
  • your budget, factoring in set up fees, monthly line rental and contract terms and fees

Connection Vouchers

The £3bn investment of Virgin Media’s network upgrade welcomes the Connection Voucher scheme with open arms in the area 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 in the City of 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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