What is ADSL?
ADSL – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
ADSL used copper cables right from the telephone exchange to your premises, unlike it’s hardy younger brother, copper cable is prone to corrosion, static and electrical interferences which makes for a less stable connection than the glass and plastic that fibre optic cables are made of.
ADSL is also prone to signal strength issues over distance so you are at the mercy of your local telecoms infrastructure. The further you are from the exchange, the weaker your signal strength. This all sounds rather damning for ADSL but let us not forget how much faster it is than what we had before…remember the squeaky modems? It also has the advantage of having wide availability and low cost, so for small-businesses with limited online needs, it still has a place. While FTTP availability is not yet on par with FTTC, nearly all of the main FTTP players have been announcing major plans to expand over the next few years. As more full fibre providers continue to race for market share, your chances of getting FTTP installed at a reasonable price will only improve. In the meantime, businesses in urban areas are going to find it easier to switch to FTTP than those in rural locations. Although with some good speeds and ‘Unlimited’ tariffs becoming widely available, 3G/4G and in some areas 5G may be a better option
FTTP, FTTC & ADSL
Which is best for your business?
Any business with multiple users and a need for a reliable connection is likely to look to FTTC or FTTP for their internet connection, especially if you want to use VoIP, cloud-based storage or cloud-based SaaS systems. Reliability aside, the main difference for businesses is the speed and cost associated with installation.
These are the approximate download speeds that can be expected for each connection type:
ADSL: 8 to 50 Mbps
FTTC: 80 to 100 Mbps (although distance from cabinet can have huge impact)
FTTP: Up to 1 Gbps
If you are looking leverage the power of the internet more, VoIP, cloud-based services or are growing your team; it may be time to consider an upgrade. It also worth noting that many providers quote an ‘up to’ download speed and there can be significant variances depending on the factors discussed. For advice on the right connection for your needs in your area, speak with a member of our team, who will analyse your location and we will provide you with the best solution. While you would, by now at least, expect FTTP to carry higher costs than FTTC or ADSL, there can be considerable variances by supplier. While doing your research and requesting quotes, makes sure to look out for hidden costs, implementation timescales and reviews on their service. Q6IT has experts on hand who can provide free FTTP advice for price comparisons to give you a idea before you begin deeper research into vendors.
Implementation costs can vary most when it comes to the physical implementation. Understanding from each provider who is digging the trenches and what is included in your connection setup is essential to making the right selection.