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Data Connectivity - What's the Right Choice for Your Business?

13/10/14 Neil Tennant
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In a technological world becoming increasingly reliant on cloud based services, data connections are going to be a major catalyst in business growth in the coming years.

Selecting the right connection and provider isn't an easy task, I thought it would be useful to summarise some of the options as well as some of the key things that you should take into account when selected the most suitable connection to complement your business needs.

Different data connectivity packages

Connection Type Dedicated Symmetric Down Up Est Fix Time
Wireless Yes Yes Up to 1gb/s Up to 1gb/s 4 hours
Fibre Yes Yes Up to 10gb/s Up to 10gb/s 5 hours
Ethernet First Mile Yes Yes Up to 30mb/s Up to 30mb/s 24 hours
Fibre to the Cabinet No No Up to 80mb/s Up to 20mb/s 24 hours
ADSL2+ No No Up to 20mb/s Up to 3mb/s 24 hours



The first step in ensuring you make the right choice is to establish the elements of your business that demand a data connection presence:

IP Telephony

Around 100k of bandwidth is recommended for a high quality phone conversation over VoIP, this makes not only download but good upload speeds crucial. VoIP therefore lends itself to dedicated, uncontended connections such a fibre and wireless leased lines. Ethernet First Mile (EFM) also offers a dedicated service but with businesses relying heavily on their phones, service level agreements (SLAs) are also a factor and as EFM has a less robust SLA it is not as attractive an option.

Web browsing and email

If your business is just looking for a day to day internet connection then you will probably need no more than a standard ADSL or FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) connection. FTTC offers boosted spends and is continually being rolled out to more locations across the UK.

Mission Critical Applications

If business continuity is reliant on connectivity, service reliability is crucial, a leased line with a strong SLA and quick fix time would be justified.

Multi-site operations

If you operate over multiple sites multi protocol label switching (MPLS) should be considered to bring all the networks together to form a single network entity. The advantages of this are that company databases can be hosted as part of the network and are not reliant on a single location. You can also be flexible with the connection at each site depending upon the site-specific requirements.

Why Wavenet?

As a trusted managed services provider, we work with the top technology providers on the planet.

We utilise our experience and expertise to learn each customer's needs and create a solution that gives their business an industry-leading telecommunications and technology foundation to truly create a platform to make their business brilliant.

Our partnerships are long-standing and hand-picked to only offer the best technology to our customers, giving you the peace of mind that a Wavenet solution will support and grow with your business no matter what the future holds.

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