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Should you implement an uncontended Internet circuit?

Written by ANT Telecom | 23 Oct 2014

There are various reasons as to why you should implement an uncontended Internet circuits such as Ethernet First Mile (EFM) or Managed Internet Access (MIA) within your business. Whether you are one of the lucky businesses who benefit from high speeds through standard ADSL and ADSL2 or fibre broadband, or one of the unlucky ones with poor speeds due to your location, uncontended Internet truly is a game changer.

In some cases, standard ADSL and ADSL2+ broadband can provide reasonable speeds but that isn't always the case and it can often be very postcode dependant. There are areas where you may receive extremely limited bandwidth and there may be particular times of day when the connection is slow. And in the increasingly digital office environment of today, having limited Internet connection can prove a real issue. This is largely due to contention ' that is, sharing your bandwidth with all the other users who are also getting their broadband connection from the same place.

Wondering what an uncontended Internet circuit is? It is relatively simple but can make a huge difference. An uncontended circuit is effectively a dedicated Internet connection, which means that you don't have to share your bandwidth with anyone else. At peak times during the day when everyone is online, you may lose bandwidth, but with an uncontended Internet circuit your bandwidth won't reduce or become increasingly slow. The bandwidth is all yours.

Another added bonus of having an uncontended Internet connection is that you can expect 99.85% service availability and depending on the type of circuit faster response and fix times compared to standard broadband. This is great for organisations that may regularly host video conferences, send large files or need access to training and management courses online. In fact it's pretty useful to any business that has become dependent on being 'online', which is pretty much all of us, isn't it?

The ability to have a secure and quick Internet connection will also allow your business to remain productive throughout the day (and night) no matter what time it is or how many emails are being downloaded or web pages browsed.

Increasingly, office applications are either outsourced, or cloud-based where it is paramount that internet is both available & reliable, but also capable of consistently handling the speeds necessary to allow you to work in the cloud. If your business simply can't get the speeds required utilising ADSL, an EFM circuit in this instance would be the perfect remedy.

Lastly, many companies are moving towards a fully converged solution whereby voice and data services are shared to help them reduce costs and save time and resource by managing a single fully converged network. As 'quality of service' cannot be guaranteed with standard broadband circuits whereby jitter and packet delays are common, many businesses are opting to implement uncontended circuits such as EFM and MIA in this situation. This is because the bandwidth and speed of these circuits are guaranteed and because the voice packets can be prioritised over any data packets. This means that when there is heavy usage i.e. a video call is setup or a huge file is sent, any voice calls that are occurring at the same time will not be affected.

There are many data circuits available from standard ADSL to 1GB MIA circuits and determining the right circuit for your business can be a daunting task. However, that is where we come in. We will spend the time finding out what your overall needs are, then check availability to your premises. We will then follow through the whole process and ensure all is delivered with as little effort as possible.

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