UK Businesses All Set to Benefit in Future from Improved Connectivity
If you were to ask the majority of businesses these days what are their biggest online concerns, you would find that connection speed would be close to the top of the list. Most businesses are now online with dedicated websites, but the Web presence is not enough – if customers need to wait a long time for pages to download it may increase the chance of losing business. It is not just the fact that it can affect the chances of making any current sale but it can also do significant damage to the company’s credibility. The issue for businesses is not only the connectivity of their websites but also staying connected in the office environment.
This is a particular problem for UK-based companies, but the good news is that major investments in the infrastructure are currently being made and we are now set to catch up with the rest of the world. The problem here in the UK is that we are still using old-style copper telephone lines for Internet connections, which have been heavily criticised in the past, and businesses have pressurised the Government to invest in newer technology. The initial target was to achieve speeds of up to 24 Mbps for everyone over the next few years.
The other issue, besides copper lines, is that the FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) connections currently used denigrate over distance, which means that the further an organisation is from the central server unit, the slower the broadband speed will be. The two largest communications companies in the UK, British Telecom (BT) and Virgin Media have been experimenting with technology that could give download speeds of up to 800 Mbps in the future.
The question here though is whether this is all achievable fast enough for SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises). SMEs need a speedy and reliable internet connection which means it is paramount for them to get the right IT support. Many businesses have problems when they use in-house technical support which usually has a lot of limitations when it comes to trying to change the infrastructure. Therefore it is becoming more and more of an appealing option to outsource to third parties, who can provide the best broadband with a high level of security. This is particularly true of SMEs, who operate on a limited budget. This type of IT support is also advantageous in that it can change and develop as your business changes and grows. Therefore businesses will have a cost-effective solution to their needs from the start, including a secure broadband connection giving the necessary speed to develop.
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