Guest Blog: Fibre broadband; what does it mean for your business?

Fibre broadband is quickly spreading across the country and by now you’ve probably heard that it can benefit your business.  But what actually are the advantages?

First of all what does faster speed mean?

Faster speed – it sounds great, but do you actually understand what it means?  Broadband is defined as superfast when it delivers a connection that is 24Mb or above.  The average broadband speed in the UK last year was around 12Mb, so this is considerably faster than the norm. Super-fast normally means somewhere between 70-100Mb speed. 

Most broadband goes through telephone lines, superfast broadband uses a fibre-optic cable (hence it’s sometimes called fibre broadband) and these fibre optics, made of glass and plastic, allow data to move faster than along the copper pipes used by normal (ADSL) broadband. 

The overall effect for the end user is faster internet – webpages load instantaneously, you can download large files and media files like videos in a matter of minutes and everything which sometimes stalls on slower broadband or takes a while to load will be smooth running. It basically offers you a more efficient internet experience. 

So what’s this to businesses?

You can quickly start to see the benefits for home users – gamers getting slick online experiences, uninterrupted iPlayer or 4od, quicker downloads from iTunes – but what are the benefits for business?

Well, it’s not an exaggeration to say considerable.  We all operate online more and more now, and we have to – that’s where our customers, clients and potential leads are.  Denying the move towards the digital could have a negative impact on business growth, and this means that in many ways your access to the internet; your broadband, is the backbone of your business.

It all starts with your internet connection:

Speeding it up, making it more efficient, means you can harness more and more of the opportunities the web is offering.  Cloud computing, for example, is becoming an integral part of businesses and this relies entirely on a good internet connection.

Cloud computing essentially means storing your data online rather than on a server on your premises.  There are loads of advantages to using the cloud, including better security and easier access; for some businesses it’s better to use a hybrid of the cloud and an in-house server.   A fast and robust connection means that you can move to the cloud without having to worry about the consequence of broadband downtime or slow speeds, because downtime on fibre is far less. 

It means that you can use cloud apps to conduct work online; dropbox, gmail, CRMs, online accounting apps are all automatically safer and more reliable when accessing them via super-fast broadband.

The move to cloud computing also means increased opportunities for remote working, which for a lot of businesses can offer huge advantages. 

Rather than moving more operations online being the equivalent of putting all your eggs in one basket, with superfast broadband it becomes a viable and reliable way to operate.

And this saves you money

It actually does. It makes your team more efficient, it gives you access to different online tools which you can safely use every day which enhances the work you do and speeds everything up.  The overall result – quicker output, which means money saved. 

This was contributed by Central Technology