What are the different types of Business Broadband?

We use the term “business broadband” as a kind of catch-all phrase, but actually, there are quite a few different types. Each one has its pros and cons, so you’ll need to make the right decision for your small business based on factors including location, budget, reliability needs and speed.

Here are some of the common types to be aware of:

ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)

ADSL is the old broadband infrastructure that is delivered over traditional copper telephone lines, but landlines are being switched off permanently next year making this obsolete. Find out more about the landline switch-off.

FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet)

FTTC broadband uses a mix of fibre optic cables and copper telephone lines.

Fibre optic cables run from the exchange to the street cabinet, with the connection then switching to copper wires for the final stretch to the building.

FTTC is faster and more reliable than ADSL, providing higher upload and download speeds. It’s ideal for small to medium-sized businesses with moderate internet usage.

FTTP (Fibre to the Premises)

FTTP broadband gives you a super fast and reliable full fibre optic connection that goes straight to your building. It’s usually more expensive than FTTC but offers far better performance. It’s also ideal for small businesses that are growing fast, or where you need a lot of bandwidth for streaming etc.

Ethernet Leased Line

Ethernet leased lines give a dedicated, symmetrical internet connection, again directly to your building. The benefit is you get guaranteed speeds and reliability, with synchronous upload and download speeds.

This type of business broadband connection is great for businesses with demanding internet requirements, such as large corporations, data centres, or organisations that need to transfer large amounts of data regularly.

It’s a gold-plated standard but is usually quite expensive and not needed for small businesses or start-ups.

Wireless Broadband

Wireless broadband uses radio signals to allow you to get onto the internet. It can be delivered using mobile broadband (via cellular networks) or fixed wireless (antennas to connect to a nearby base station). It’s a pretty good option for businesses in areas with good wireless coverage or as a backup if your primary broadband connection goes down for some reason.

Satellite Broadband

Satellite broadband uses satellites to provide internet connectivity which makes it available even in rural or remote areas where traditional broadband options might be more limited. The problem is, that satellite broadband is known for slower speeds and higher latency compared to terrestrial broadband options. So although it’s fine for businesses that have no other option, it’s a technology that’s still evolving to be as good as the others we’ve mentioned.

Not Sure What Type of Business Broadband Would Work For You?

When you’re running a small business, time is money. You don’t necessarily want to be endlessly researching your business broadband options or finding the best prices. And how are you meant to know which is the best type anyway? It can all seem a little confusing, to say the least.

At bOnline we offer a range of fixed-price business broadband packages specially designed for small business heroes like you. Whether you’re a freelancer just starting, a brand new start-up, or you’ve been running your business for some time, there’s something for everyone.

Why not start by giving our expert team a call to discuss your requirements on 0203 617 9950. We pride ourselves on a straightforward, easy service that can save you time and money. Our prices are some of the lowest around too, with business fibre starting at just £32 a month.

Chad Scholtz
Chad Scholtz