Fibre-optic broadband is seen as the future of the industry by most, but there are several obstacles preventing FTTP (fibre to the property) becoming a reality for many businesses across the country. The main problem relates to the expense of laying the cable all the way to every single location for a direct connection to be established and it does not look as if the investment will be in place to ensure that this occurs in the near future.
However, FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) is an excellent stepping stone that offers almost identical benefits to FTTP but with far lower upfront costs to telecoms firms, which is why it is becoming more prevalent across the country. FTTC relies upon fibre-optic cables being linked to street-level cabinets, with traditional copper landlines then passing the signal on for the last few metres of its journey.
The results are impressive, because the signal-degrading nature of the copper wiring does not have enough distance over which to make an impact and so the pure speed of the fibre connection is available without the associated costs.
At the moment, FTTC is still only available from a limited number of providers and a similarly restricted number of areas, although major companies such as BT are looking to expand its reach as quickly as possible so that businesses can benefit from the increased download and upload speeds.
Original FTTC connections that are already being enjoyed by many companies are rated to deliver 40Mbps download speeds and upload speeds that are extremely fast compared to older connection standards. However, there are also a number of trials going on at the moment which will see wholesale FTTC providers upping the download speed to a theoretical maximum of 80Mbps, which will be significantly faster than most businesses will have been able to experience in the past before FTTC came on the scene.
Daisy Wholesale is just one of the companies looking at introducing 80Mbps FTTC business broadband, which goes much further than any domestically available packages. As well as increasing the download speed, the upload speed is likely to reach 20Mbps in the next few months for select customers. Sharing data, sending emails and getting a whole office online at the same time will be even easier. The consequent boosts to productivity should be clear from day one, as there will be less sitting around as you wait for files to download. If you have a business which relies on cloud computing, then the benefits should be even more obvious. Likewise, if you are going to invest in a cloud platform, then the availability of FTTC broadband could be a key factor in enabling your migration.
Daisy Wholesale spokesperson Craig Peterson explained that with FTTC broadband it would be much easier for business to collaborate in a contemporary manner, with high-speed connectivity allowing for cutting-edge cooperation across a number of industries.
It can often be difficult to appreciate the kind of difference that will be made by a high-speed FTTC connection, but firms such as Daisy are hoping that the broader trials of this technology will help to spread the message. Of course, the process of updating the local telephone exchanges and street-level cabinets to support FTTC technology will be a gradual one and not every business will have a line that can necessarily support such broadband services for the time being.
However, with plenty of momentum behind the movement, it could be possible to super-charge your business with a faster broadband connection soon rather than later. You can then begin to move towards real productivity gains and growth.