However, FTTC is not just about boosting the speed of your connection, but adding a number of other benefits, both primary and secondary, once you decide to upgrade. Here is a look at the multi-faceted world of FTTC, which should leave you with a bit more of an understanding of why it is so revered.
FTTC is not affected in the same way, thanks to the fact that the majority of the connection between your premises and the exchange is handled via fibre optic cable, with copper wire only making up the final few metres to minimise its impact. The result is that if an FTTC connection is advertised as being able to achieve a maximum download speed of 70Mbps to 80Mbps, your business will actually be likely to achieve this in normal usage. The extra speed also means that the traffic generated by other users in peak periods will be less of a burden, allowing you to continue using web services unhindered.
Consistency of speed is important for enterprises that rely on internet access to operate normally, which is something that feeds into the other benefits of FTTC discussed below.
With FTTC you can get the golden combination of higher bandwidth and lower latency connectivity, ensuring that the time it takes for web apps to respond to interactions is minimised. In the consumer space this makes all the difference for online gaming, so for businesses the benefits can be equally marked in the responsiveness of enterprise-grade software.
As with speed there are all sorts of factors which impact latency, many of which will be out of the hands of individual businesses and even network providers, because server responsiveness can be compromised when accessing hosted services located a great distance from your premises. However, this is all part and parcel of navigating the maze to adoption of remote services.
While VoIP access may seem like a fringe benefit to businesses that have yet to make use of this technology, it will quickly become a vital part of your communications infrastructure once you have FTTC available and the added incentive to adopt.
FTTC can even increase the viability of your on-site hosting, allowing you to run a VPN that gives remote access to important data and services. You might even consider adopting a co-location hosting package that lets you keep your server hardware in a third party data centre while still retaining control over it.
There are many possibilities which arise after you invest in FTTC at your business, so do not just think about how much faster files will download, as there is more to this connectivity solution than speed alone. If FTTC is not fast enough, then you may also be able to select FTTP (fibre to the property) which eliminates copper cabling from the equation and offers further enhancements to the aforementioned benefits. The worst thing you can do for your business is ignore either of these next-generation fibre optic services.