Gateshead Business Broadband

March 09, 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.

Static IP addresses

An IP address is similar to a telephone number – essentially it means that people will always end up in the same place. Some internet packages can have dynamic IP addresses which means that it constantly changes and while this may be deemed fine for home use, static IP addresses are better for business use. This means the IP address is unchanging, important for businesses that wish to offer a connection to on-site content, as well as providing services such as email and media and gaming servers.

In the case of virtual private networks (VPNs), staff may wish to connect from home in order to work, and a static IP address ensures a safe and secure way of doing this. Static IP addresses enable VPNs, host file transfers (FTPs) and email servers. If a company is planning on doing a lot of business over the internet then a static IP is seen as the professional approach. However, these types of IP addresses can be particularly vulnerable to hackers and cyber attacks, placing great importance on having top quality internet security.

So to help Gateshead 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.


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 connects a home or business to the Internet using a radio link between the customer’s location and the service provider’s facility. Wireless broadband can be mobile or fixed. This technology uses longer-range directional equipment provide broadband service in remote or sparsely populated areas where DSL or cable modem service would be costly to provide. Speeds are generally comparable to DSL and cable modem. An external antenna is usually required.

Wireless broadband Internet access services offered over fixed networks allow consumers to access the Internet from a fixed point while stationary and often require a direct line-of-sight between the wireless transmitter and receiver. These services have been offered using both licensed spectrum and unlicensed devices. For example, thousands of small Wireless Internet Services Providers (WISPs) provide such wireless broadband at speeds of around one Mbps using unlicensed devices, often in rural areas not served by cable or wireline broadband networks.

Mobile Wireless

Mobile (cellular) broadband, which includes 3G and 4G service, is generally available from mobile phone companies. Mobile broadband services provide broadband connections to mobile devices, such as smart phones and iPads, as well as to laptops through an Air Card, which plugs into the device. For more detail on approaches to mobile broadband service delivery.

Fiber Optics (Fiber)

Fiber optics are strands of optically pure glass that carry digital information as pulses of light. Each glass strand is surrounded by a material that reflects the light back into the glass core and a coating to protect it. Hundreds of thousands of these coated glass strands are bundled together to make the fiber optic cable that delivers broadband to your home or business. Fiber can provide very high data transmission speeds.

Connection Vouchers

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