09 May 2018

DSL, FTTC OR ETHERNET-WHAT TO CHOOSE

You will have to assess thoroughly which internet connection suits your business needs. Neither is good or bad. It is just a matter of suitability. Your number of employees, their tasks, relevance of internet to your business, your budget or the speed requirement will determine which type of connection you should choose; FTTC, DSL or Ethernet Internet.

For businesses having one to five employees who will be just using the internet for emailing or general browsing DSL is a better option. Digital subscriber line or the DSL will provide a moderately high internet speed and will use your existing phone lines. Amongst all advantages of DSL its cost effectiveness is ranked on the top. However DSL will not suit businesses where employees need to upload or send large files or employees news heavy Cloud Computing applications that require a better broadband. In most countries, DSL is more widely and remotely available as compare to other Ethernet and internet options.

For most medium sized businesses having between 6 to 20 employees, who will be using internet for emailing, browsing, streaming HD content, using cloud applications, and video conferencing, FTTC will be more suitable . Fibre To The Cabinet or FTTC provides a speedier connectivity. The fibre optic infrastructure will allow users a higher uploading/downloading speed (80Mbps down and 20Mbps up). Businesses using FTTC have unleashed the power of cloud and controlled costs while increasing their employees productivity. But off course, FTTC is slightly priced higher than DSL.

Businesses which have enterprise level operations with a lot of users who will be using internet for high priority tasks and those that cannot survive without internet connection should be considering Ethernet. Ethernet internet difference lies in fact that this is a dedicated and private connection available for your business at all times. Ethernet will run  voice, data and media across your multi-site business operation. Uploading and downloading caps are same with out restrictions. Most Ethernet providers offer a resilient, symmetrical and scalable connectivity with enforced service level agreements.

You will always need to strike a balance between your budget and speed requirements. Always study your service provider’s packages and whether they include add-ons and upgrades. It is always better not to spend extra on what you will not be using.

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