Relating to broadband services, contention shows the level the service is “shared”. The higher the contention ratio the more the service will be impacted at peak times of the day. Uncontended solutions are often more costly, yet worthwhile if your business requires an uncontested service.
The amount of time a data packet takes to transmit (latency) and the stability of the circuit (jitter) have a large impact on the effective throughput of data. Ensuring the quality of your circuit is of utmost importance to maintain high quality calls, minimising delay and long pauses.
QoS provides a method for prioritising traffic types, which is very important when running multiple traffic types over a data connection, in particular for voice. The protection of VoIP is vital to ensure that normal day-to-day data usage will not affect the quality of speech.
Broadband speeds are often expressed in terms of download speeds only however, when running application such as voice or remote access upload speeds are equally important. Synchronous Ethernet-based products are ideal for these sorts of requirements.
Business Broadband has been designed to deliver high speed DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) connectivity at a very low cost. We provide the full range of broadband solutions, from basic ADSL, through to the latest fibre optic services.
By design, standard broadband services are heavily contended, making it a less effective option for applications such as voice.
FTTC gives a strong connection for general web browsing and normal business use, with speeds of up to 80Mb down and 20Mb up.
FTTC is delivered over fibre from the local exchange to the cabinet, and copper from the cabinet to premises. This provides improved speeds over ADSL, but as with any copper service, the speed degrades over the distance from the cabinet to the customer premises. Contention is also still an issue.
Fibre to the premises delivers fibre directly into your building, bringing speeds of 330Md down and 30Mb upload. It is still a broadband service, and therefore is contended, with restricted SLA’s.
The footprint of FTTP is still very limited so there are few companies that can take advantage of its availability.
EOFTTC stands for Ethernet over fibre to the cabinet. Still using broadband technology, the signalling protocol is ethernet and this provides a more stable data connection.
This is not a synchronous connection but is uncontended and comes with a 24/7/365 support package, making it a good choice when connectivity is important, but the expense of a lease line is not warranted.
EFM stands for ethernet first mile, Also known as Ethernet over copper, EFM works by bonding copper pairs to provide up to 35Mb of symmetrical, uncontended access to the internet, or your own private network (MPLS).
This technology has been largely superseded by fibre broadband products and is currently being phased out.
IP Leased Lines provide a dedicated connection between a customer premises and the local point of presence. Highly recommended for those customers who require a stable data connection with guaranteed bandwidth and a guaranteed service level agreement. The size of leased line available is determined by the customer requirement with speeds ranging from 10Mb to 10 Gb.
Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks allow the transmission of various communication types over one common IP based network. Using any of the access methods above to supply connectivity into the MPLS core it provides a totally private, highly secure network that allows data to flow efficiently. Using Quality of Service (QoS) different traffic types can be prioritised to ensure the smooth flows of data.