That’s a truly worrying amount for any business, particularly for those whose work is time-sensitive.
At the same time, there’s a constant increase in the demand for bandwidth, with video conference calling, cloud storage and more utilities all requiring faster connections. It’s difficult - and expensive - for companies to ensure that their internet connections are up to the task of running all these applications simultaneously.
There have been quite a few internet connection types designed with businesses in mind, but most of these have critical problems on some level. Basic DSL and ADSL lines deliver a speed that’s far too slow for anything but the smallest business (topping out with 24 Mbps downloads for ADSL2+).
Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) solutions are around 3 times faster than any DSL line, but more and more businesses are finding that a connection of up to 80Mbps is not fit for purpose, particularly in larger or data heavy offices. A final connectivity option, the leased line, does deliver the high speeds that modern companies need and expect, but come with a price tag way out of most businesses reach.
Bradford businesses now have the opportunity to experience a recently deployed internet solution designed to remove the issues of slow speeds, high costs and disruptive installation. DarkLight internet connections are the result of a partnership between CityFibre and local Bradford ISP Exa networks, and are built to provide businesses in Leeds and Bradford with fully future proofed internet connections.
A Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connection means that businesses can get pure fibre optic cables linked right to their building, providing them with ultra fast speeds as standard, with the option to upgrade to gigabit speeds at any time.
Connection speeds available with DarkLight range from 100 Mbps to multi-gigabit connections, while Exa Networks plan to offer even faster speeds over time. With a single gigabit connection (1000 Mbps), it takes minutes rather than hours to run a 150GB back up, showing just how quick the connections are.
With cloud computing and storage now increasingly popular, businesses are often disadvantaged by slow upload speeds - it takes far longer to send data to the cloud than it does to download data. One of the many advantages of pure fibre is that it runs at symmetrical speeds, designed to give users upload speeds which match their downloads.
What this all means is that speeds of up to 1000Mbps are no longer reserved for the large corporates, but open for all with prices more affordable than ever before.
For more information on the Citifibre programme and how it can help your business, visit http:www.cityfibre.comyorkshire