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Fibre Ethernet Explained

Discover the benefits of fibre Ethernet and what it could do for your business

When your business relies on constant access to internet communication and hosted services for business-critical operations, downtime can carry extreme costs, from lost sales to lost productivity.

You can’t, then, rely on an off-the-shelf solution for your internet access. You need a high bandwidth, fully managed solution, backed by a service level agreement which can be fully tailored to your needs. What you need, then, is a Fibre Ethernet connection.

Fibre Ethernet connectivity provides a physical optical connection between your premises and your provider’s core network. These leased lines provide incredible speeds and extremely high reliability to keep your business operating.

Fibre Ethernet connectivity provides an entirely private connection, meaning that unlike many off-the-shelf broadband solutions, there is no line contention to deal with. The bandwidth you pay for is what you have access to at all times – and that bandwidth can be up to 10Gbit per second, up to 500 times faster than most generic connectivity services or off-the-shelf broadband solutions.

This incredible level of bandwidth is also symmetrical, empowering your business to take advantage of bandwidth-intensive hosted services, or even to host web applications for client use yourself. It goes without saying, of course, that there are no usage limits on a private connection.

Fibre etherent explained fibreFor many businesses, the reliability of Fibre Ethernet connectivity is the real selling point, and this reliability begins with the SLA. These SLA’s detail the expected Service Availability (Uptime) and Target Fix Time of your Ethernet connection. If the provider fails to meet the guaranteed uptime, you can be reimbursed for the inconvenience.

A typical leased line SLA means is that you can expect a minimum amount of downtime so that, in the rare case when there is a problem, there is 24/7 support available, and the target fix time which will be adhered to, ensuring minimal disruption to your business.

Ethernet connectivity is typically provided as a fully managed service, meaning the connection is actively monitored by the Service Provider. This means that if the service goes down in the middle of the night, your Service Provider will be aware of the problem before you are, and will be working to fix it.

Depending on your site location, Fibre Ethernet connectivity usually requires significant work to be carried out to install them. This means that typical installation lead times are usually around of 70 working days. This means you can’t wait until the second you need it to order one, a little planning is normally required.

Fibre Ethernet connectivity provides more than ‘just’ an internet connection, it provides the bandwidth needed to take advantage of cutting-edge services, and even room to grow. They also provide incredible levels of service, and therefore peace of mind.

Without a doubt, leased lines are expensive but not as expensive or disruptive as downtime. If your business relies on constant connectivity, ask yourself: why aren’t you using a dedicated Fibre Ethernet connection?

Find out more about our fibre Ethernet solutions here.

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