The Benefits of Gigabit Broadband for Business

February 07, 2019
by Corey Lillicrop

In the early days of the Internet, many connections were made via a direct copper wire connection – the same copper wire that carried your voice calls because mobile phones became ubiquitous. If you were at home and you wanted to surf the net, you would have to plug your computer into the telephone socket thereby blocking any voice calls that might be made to you.

You would have to sacrifice one form of communication in order to take advantage of another. Not ideal, was it?

Since then, the world has moved on and so has technology. Demand for even faster broadband speeds is rapidly growing and is changing the way that we live, work and do business.

Enter the gigabit

In the simplest terms, 1gbps is 1,000mbps. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? There is, however, a lot more to it than just that. When it comes to the comparison between the gigabit and megabit, there is more to it than just speed.

Traditional broadband is delivered via copper cable which has its limitations. Broadband speeds can slow depending upon how many people are accessing the broadband at any one time. Another determining speed factor is the length of the reach of the cable. Longer cables can mean slower speeds.

If you are a parent with children who are technologically active, then you will be familiar with cries of “why is this film buffering again?” or “this broadband is too slow for my games.”

Gigabit technology does not rely upon copper cable to be delivered. This new generation of broadband technology uses fibre-optic cable to deliver superfast speeds. To put that into context, you can download an HD movie in seven seconds. Wouldn’t that keep the children happy for even longer?

What if you live in a rural area? It is still possible to benefit from gigabit technology or is it just for the larger towns and cities? Later, I will explain how communities wheresoever located might be able to take advantage of super-fast broadband.

But there’s more to gigabit technology than just providing superfast broadband speeds into the home. More and more businesses are switching to gigabit broadband and it is revolutionising communication and their trading opportunities.

Gigabit broadband versus Superfast broadband

Over the past 20 years telecoms companies have found new ways to make our internet connections go faster and faster. There has been an “arms race” by these companies where they have pioneered new forms of compression, and new ways of using the existing telephone wires, in order to continually ramp up the bandwidth we receive.

Its amazing to think that just twenty years ago speeds of 128 kbps were considered blazingly fast. To put this in some perspective, that is roughly 10,000 times slower than a gigabit line. Imagine if the speeds of our cars increased by the same percentage in the same time.

A lot of these developments were focussed on consumers rather than businesses, and to save money the existing telephone wiring was used. This meant that installation costs were kept to a bare minimum.

Superfast broadband is an example of this. Using existing cabling, either your phone line or your cable line, it is the current state of the art in this type of technology. Offering speeds of up to 80 mbps, it certainly is more than adequate for the demands of end users, and even some businesses.

Due to their price point there are several disadvantages inherent to Superfast connections. They are still download caps which apply if you use to much bandwidth, and they have something called a contention ratio which can further slow down the speeds you receive. If your line has a 50:1 contention ratio then it means you share the bandwidth available with a further 50 connections. This is usually fine for consumers as it is very unlikely that any one connection, or several of them, would simultaneously use all the speed available. However, it is easy to see how this could affect business connections.

Gigabit technology suffers none of these limitations. As it is aimed towards business then there are no download caps, no contention ratios – so all the speed of the line is available to you all the time, and you get the same upload speed as download speed.

In addition, you will receive much better service from the providing company. If there is a breakdown on the line, then it is usually fixed in hours, and the routers and associated technology are much more resilient and reliable.

The price point for Gigabit technology is now becoming competitive with Superfast broadband, and with government grants for the installation costs, there is no huge up front expenditure.

Gigabit broadband and your business.

Imagine this – you are a small to medium business with several locations spread across the UK. The nearest two offices are hundreds of miles apart from each other. Getting people together to discuss important projects is a costly affair. There’s a great deal of travelling and overnight expense involved.

Suppose you could video conference any time you wished. The connections would be so reliable that coherent conversations could take place without buffering or the connection dropping out. Crucial business decisions could be made at a fraction of the time and cost. Would that be of interest to you?

What if you run a small business and you can’t afford to expand into the larger cities due to the cost of renting and running premises. The ideal solution for you would be to have several agents working from their homes located in strategic positions across the UK to promote your business.

Your business sales pitch might involve presenting complicated drawings with photographs and annotations to your clients. To achieve this, you must be able to send the presentations electronically to your agents without delay.

Your agents are pitching for the business on your behalf and they need the information quickly. With gigabit technology, you can send very large files quickly and reliably in just seconds. This allows you to put your business on a level playing field with your competitors who are already based in the city and who are benefitting from gigabit technology using the full fibre broadband network.

Would you be interested in being able to develop your business without the costly overheads of large premises in the city?

Perhaps your business is based in the UK but you are seeking to expand into the global market. Gigabit technology would allow you to hold web-based seminars with people placed anywhere in the world if they have the same technology. Sales demonstrations without the need to fly halfway across the globe could be delivered using gigabit technology through a full fibre connection. Would that be of interest to you?

These are just three of the many examples of how gigabit broadband could help you to expand your business.

How do I find out more?

Gigabit technology through the full fibre broadband network is rapidly expanding across the UK. Full fibre networks are the future and the demand is set to grow over the coming years.

The government is committed to supporting transition to a full fibre network. Funding is available for small to medium-size businesses as well as to communities to offset the cost of installing fast and reliable connections over the broadband infrastructure.

Currently small and medium-size businesses may be eligible for a gigabit voucher worth up to £2,500. This money can be used in several ways to upgrade your business to a faster, better internet. A further bonus is that you do not have to pay this money back – it’s a grant and not a loan.

There is the facility for several small businesses operating in the same location to amalgamate their vouchers in order to supply the full fibre connection for the benefit of all. Subject to certain conditions, individuals living in rural communities can also apply for vouchers which can then be added together and used towards the full cost of installing the full fibre network.

Whether you are seeking to expand your business, enhance your existing business through greater speed and efficiency, or you need faster technology, now is the time to make enquiries about gigabit broadband.

At Rymote, we are committed to offering our customers all the assistance they need to make their business broadband superfast.

To find out if your business is eligible for a grant of up to £2,500 from the government there is a simple online process to follow by visiting our website on www.rymote.com and complete an enquiry form. Alternatively, you can email hello@rymote.com

If you would prefer to speak to someone first, please call us on (0191) 580 8858.