Which broadband product is right for you?
Office connectivity means your business broadband or business internet solution. When it comes to the quality of your connection we’re sorry to say it really can be a postcode lottery. Not all BT exchanges have the same technology: if you are considering broadband connection options for your business, the first thing you should check is what is available for your location. We can help you with this.
ADSL is the most widely available type of broadband. Using a standard telephone (PSTN) line, the service runs over a copper connection. The latest ADSL technology is capable of speeds of up to 24Mbps download and 1.4Mbps upload. There is also the option to bond (link) lines together to give faster speeds. However, ADSL is a ‘best efforts’ service and connection speeds can vary at peak times.
- Best for – small office, home office. One or two internet-based phones.
- Not suitable for – medium sized business, multi user VoIP and PC systems.
FTTC – Fibre To The Cabinet
FTTC Broadband is faster and more reliable than ADSL. Available now in around 90% of the UK, it’s delivered over fibre optic cables between BT’s exchange and the green telephone street cabinets, then connected over a standard (PSTN) telephone line to your premises. FTTC is available in two variants, offering downloads of up to 80Mbps or 40Mbps. Upload speeds can be up to 20Mbps depending on the distance from your premises to the local exchange
- Check your postcode on the think broadband availability checker which lists both FTTC, FTTH and a number of wireless options for faster broadband and the speeds recorded by our speed test in your area.
- Visit the Open-reach Super-fast broadband website and enter your postcode to see if your telephone exchange and more importantly if your cabinet is enabled.
- If your exchange is marked as ‘Accepting Orders’, enter your telephone number on the BT Wholesale broadband availability checker.
- If you Cabinet is scheduled to be enabled for FTTC broadband, you should see a paragraph such as “Your cabinet is planned to have WBC FTTC by 30th June 2012.” This will also provide an estimated speed that you should see.