A common misconception is that there isn’t really a difference between the internet you use in your home and the internet you use in your business, but don’t be fooled.
Although a home internet connection seems like it will do the job, a business internet connection provides the consistency, power, quality and security that you need to run a successful operation.
Having a good internet connection has become increasingly important since the internet is the foundation for VoIP and phone systems used in business today and making the wrong choice could clog your operations and bring your business to a halt.
Fibre optic cable is one of the fastest-growing transmission mediums for both new cabling installations and upgrades, including backbone, horizontal, and even desktop applications.
More About Fibre Connectivity
Fibre optic internet is becoming the de facto and preferred choice for businesses because it offers superior accessibility, reliability, speed and performance. Made with glass material, it has so many benefits over traditional copper connectivity, and with so many providers building open access fibre networks, it is an ideal medium for enhanced telecommunication, cloud-based applications, and general online activity.
Why Fibre Is Better For Business
Wireless as a technology has matured from a cutting edge “only-to-be-used-in-an-emergency” technology into a mainstream, and in many cases, primary means of providing connectivity.
More About Wireless Connectivity
Fixed wireless, also known as microwave wireless is where networks provide internet services from transmission equipment placed at towers in strategic locations, which connect wirelessly to local antennae installed on client sites. Nowadays there isn’t much you can’t do with wireless networks – whether starting from scratch, augmenting or replacing existing wireline links, wireless is the high-speed data networking alternative you should know more about.
When And Why Wireless Is Better
Depending on what infrastructure already exists, your provider may very well require permission from the authorities before they can conduct any civil or installation work.
This can have a sever impact to your delivery timelines so be sure to take this into account when planning your project.
Building a Fibre network is not an easy task, nor a cheap one. There are only a few who build infrastructure (known as Fibre Network Operators or FNOs), who lease this infrastructure to various internet service providers.
Irrespective of the level of service your chosen Internet provider can give you, they are ultimately at the mercy of the fibre network operator. Find out who this is, and whether you have an option between different providers? Find out why one is better than the next?
When you connect to a local exchange you acknowledge that if that exchange is, for example, driven over by a bus, that all businesses connecting to that exchange will not have any service.
If you want to mitigate those risks, ask your provider about possible fail-over solutions.
Since wireless requires the physical installation of an antenna, it may be necessary to receive consent from your landlord for this equipment to be installed.
If you do not own the building which your business operates from, then your provider will most likely require written consent from the Landlord before any installations will commence.
There are two broad subsections within the greater wireless access technology family, simply unlicensed products and licensed products.
Both have a vital role to fulfil and are viable technologies but they must be applied to the correct requirement.
The biggest disadvantage of using unlicensed technologies is simply the risk of interference from other devices using the same unregulated piece of spectrum.
The biggest advantage of using unlicensed technology is the relatively low cost. The attractiveness of the low cost makes sense in the correct area but the short term benefits of low cost are not worth the risk in areas with a high noise floor. Anywhere in Gauteng, an unlicensed link may be a perfect option for a very small business using data services only but certainly not for anything bigger than a very small business. In the middle of Burgersfort, it may make sense for a big company to make use of unlicensed technology.
In the case of fixed wireless, you have a physical microwave dish installed on your premises, which needs direct line of sight to its base station, which connects it to the service providers network.
If for whatever reason, your dish moves position or the sight is intercepted, you will suffer from degraded service, and possibly even full service interruption.
A clear and concise work from home strategy is vital – consider your choice in devices solved!
In the case of wireless or fibre, getting service is always subject to whether there is infrastructure available to connect your business.
For fibre, this could be how far the fibre termination point is – perhaps on the street curb or is it in the basement of your building, and only need to be connected to your office?
For wireless, this is usually whether there is direct line of sight from the provider’s tower to the roof or point of your building where they will place their antennae.
It is due to this, that it is always necessary for the provider to do a feasibility analysis. In this, they will understand what infrastructure exists already, or what infrastructure will need to be implemented (and at what cost) to deliver service to your location.
We are committed to helping you to make an educated buying decision, and find the best telecoms partner for your business.
Having operated in the industry for over 20 years, we have the expertise and contacts to help you in your journey to telecoms success.