Does Faster Internet Mean Higher Costs?

New developments in technology mean that you are continually being offered new and innovative ways of conducting your business. Cloud based solutions and alternative hosting are fast replacing the traditional in-house hardware and software, and the key to it all is internet connectivity.

Not only connectivity, but speed and reliability are becoming critical factors in the race to cloud based solutions and mobile computing. This is putting pressure on businesses to balance their budgets in a different way, using different priorities. So let’s have a look at the options and see what you can have:

Internet services at a glance

Business grade Broadband | Super Fast Broadband | FTTC | EFM | Ethernet |

SLA Uncontended Equal upload and download speeds

Super-fast Broadband




Business Broadband

The speed of Broadband connections  unfortunately still depends on how far your premises are from the telephone exchange and whether the exchange has been upgraded to offer new, faster services. Maximum download speeds (the rate at which you receive data) can vary from 2Mbps (megabits per second) to 24Mbps. Maximum upload speeds generally range up to 1Mbps. Broadband is also available by cable in certain areas, and through wireless solutions in many areas not covered by ADSL, FttC or cable. – See more at:

At the lowest end, Business Broadband offers the least cost internet connectivity and it is backed by industry standard SLAs. Business Grade Broadband is ideal for small to medium businesses that need greater resilience but aren’t ready for EFM or Ethernet.

Super-Fast Broadband

Super-Fast Broadband is positioned between ADSL access and EFM. It is ideal for businesses that are looking for greater bandwidth than Broadband without the cost and commitment of EFM or full-fibre Ethernet.

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)

FTTC is the technology where fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange or distribution point are installed to the street cabinets which then connect to a standard phone line to provide broadband. The connection from the street cabinet to the client premises is copper cable.

Speed of FTTC connections depends on how far your premises are from the street cabinet and whether the cabinet has been upgraded to new, faster services. Maximum download speeds vary from 2Mbps to 76Mbps. Maximum upload speeds generally range up to 20Mbps

Ethernet First Mile (EFM)

EFM bridges the gap from broadband technology to a high-speed, business grade product. It offers customers a choice of two multi-pair options with bandwidth of up to 10 or 20 Mbps.  It offers businesses the latest in connectivity with unlimited usage, no additional bandwidth charges, future-proof access and fail-safe connectivity. EFM also includes a Service Level Agreement (SLA). It is ideal for small and medium enterprises with branch offices that need:

  • Faster connection for critical applications
  • More bandwidth without going to full-blown Ethernet
  • Resilient connections and centralised sales systems


Ethernet is the highest performance connectivity option for the organisations of today and tomorrow. It delivers the bandwidth to support technologies like VoIP and cloud-based services.

Synchronous bandwidth options from 10Mbps right up to 1Gbps mean you get the performance you need to access high-quality voice, data, video and cloud based services. As well as providing the scalability to keep your business as your requirements evolve. The key benefits to Ethernet are:

  • Unlimited usage and no contention
  • Ideal for accessing high-quality voice, data, video and hosted services
  • Business traffic is prioritised over residential
  • A solution that can help to increase long-term revenue potential
  • Service Level Agreements that guarantee Business Grade Support

 There are so many different options now for a business to choose from, and if you would like to know more about how any of these options could help or hinder your operations, do give us a call. You may contact us by telephone at our Leicester office on 01455 851858 or at our London office on 020 83355910. Alternatively you may email us at