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The changing connectivity landscape

The world of business connectivity has changed a lot in the past few years. This is for two main reasons. The first is that technology has advanced. On the search for increasingly higher speeds, we’ve developed some fantastic new services. The second is that businesses’ connectivity needs have exponentially grown. We use more connected devices than ever before, all of which rely on faster upload and download speeds.

In this changing landscape we know it can be a bit of a maze trying to find a service that actually suits your business. There are many different services out there, most of which have names that are acronyms that don’t actually mean anything. With so many services available then, how do you find the one that’s right for you? We’re here to help.

In today’s blog we’ll cover some of the most common connectivity challenges and the solutions we’ve used to help businesses like yours.

How to access fibre broadband?

Fibre connectivity is marketed to businesses and consumers as the latest and greatest. This is true to an extent. There are actually a number of great fibre connectivity services available.

The most common you’ll see if FTTC. This is the standard fibre broadband service and can be provided in most areas around the UK. It provides you with great download speeds and enough bandwidth to support most of your services. If you’re using VoIP communication services or hosting a few video conferences throughout the day, then you can definitely make the most of FTTC.

FTTP is FTTC’s big brother. This service runs fibre lines directly to your premises instead of just to the exchange. This means that you’ll receive higher speeds and greater reliability. These connections are few and far between at the time of writing, but thanks to the efforts of smaller providers around the UK they are becoming more widespread. If you’d like to find out if you can access FTTP in your area, get in touch with our team.

Do I need a leased line?

Leased lines are some of the fastest connectivity services that a business can access today. They are also undoubtedly a big investment. It is essentially a private data connection that only you and your team can make use of.

This means that you can tailor the exact speed that your business receives. Upload and download speeds are matched, which is ideal for a modern, data-intensive business. It also allows you to host websites, security services and VPNs on site without having a negative effect on your team’s daily work and communication.

If you host any of these services yourself or have a need for a dedicated connection that you can’t access with fibre broadband, then a leased line could be for you.

What about mobile signal?

Business mobiles are growing in popularity due to the remote working revolution, and the rise of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture in many offices. When equipping your team with these devices there’s a lot to consider. Arguably more important than the device you choose is the mobile data provider that you work with.

You need to choose a provider that offers your team the best connection in your area. This is especially important if your business is based in a rural area. At YTL we have a great working relationship with all four of the UK’s major mobile providers and we can negotiate on your behalf. This ensures that you’ll always get the best signal available.

If your team are frequently working on the go, it may be worth looking into some helpful mobile working accessories. Investing in 4G dongles allows your team to connect to their 4G mobile signal while working on the go. Meanwhile, network-agnostic SIM cards allow you to connect to the strongest signal in your area, no matter the provider. Visit our mobile page to learn more.

New connectivity advancements to be aware of

The connectivity services that we use every day are advancing to meet businesses’ needs. We’ve seen this most prominently recently with 5G. 5G’s benefits are well documented, with better speeds and less competition between devices for bandwidth. We know that 5G will benefit some businesses, but we think that the really important advancement will be WiFi6.

WiFi6 is 5G’s WiFi equivalent. It’s WiFi’s latest generation, and unlike 5G is already widespread around the UK. WiFi6 also boasts faster speeds but a variety of other benefits as well.

It only connects to devices when it is actually needed, which will massively preserve your battery life. It also allows more devices to operate over connections at the same time. This means your internet is less likely to drop out during events or when you’re in busy places. This opens up more opportunity for business to create interactive events, or host better communications in their offices.

For information about any of our connectivity services, visit our connectivity page, or get in touch at 01924 249 499.