Washington Business Broadband

March 06, 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 Washington 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.


Where broadband cannot be delivered via telephone or cable, it may be available using wireless technology. Local WiFi hotspots are increasingly available, and are often provided in airports, hotels, cafes, pubs and motorway service stations. Some operators also offer mobile phone style ‘roaming’ facilities. Worldwide interoperability for microwave access (Wi-max) is a fast-emerging alternative to WiFi and makes it possible to provide broadband to areas where other technology is unsuitable.

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 enables you to connect a portable computer wirelessly to the internet using the 3G or 4G mobile phone network. By plugging a USB device called a dongle into your laptop, you can get broadband access anywhere there is 3G or 4G coverage.

Mobile broadband can be very useful for regular travellers who need to work on the move. However, downloading speeds can be slow and coverage is not universal, particularly in rural areas.

Naked DSL

What makes Naked DSL broadband different to ADSL and ADSL2+ is that you don’t need a separate telephone line service. Your telephone line rental is now incorporated into the Naked DSL service and it often has a VOIP option.

Connection Vouchers

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