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Guest Blog: Broadband speed predictions for business

18 November 2013


There is nothing more likely to evoke a nationwide groan than when the government gives us a date by which they hope to achieve something. This was no different when they first announced their targets for the roll out of superfast broadband throughout the UK.

So it was no surprise when they soon backtracked, changing their prediction that 90% would have superfast by 2015 to 99% by 2018. Government predictions aside, the fact is, both homes and businesses alike will, for the most part, have superfast at some stage over the next five years.

However, the technology that will be used to implement that remains to be seen. There are various types of technology currently in place such as FTTP and FTTC and Li-Fi is also currently in its infancy.

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)

FTTC is a form of superfast broadband, whereby, fibre optic cables are laid down throughout an area that go to a box. The wires are then transformed to copper cable, which each lead to individual properties. This is currently being rolled out to private properties more than businesses. However, this will often depend on where a business is.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

For most businesses, fibre to the premises is the likely service they will receive. Essentially the same as FTTC, the only major difference is that the connection will run directly to the property and not stop at a box. Whilst both services are quick, FTTP is the faster of the 2 and is what most businesses on trading estates and on high streets are likely to receive.

The future is Li-Fi

Very much in the research stages, Li-Fi looks like it could be the future of superfast internet. By utilising the spectrum of visible light, li-fi experts in both Europe and Asia have reported initial results of over 250 times faster than superfast broadband.

There are two main advantages to this technology, the first being that it is likely to be cheaper than traditional Wi-Fi. However, for businesses who are constantly on the move, they will no doubt be able to enjoy speeds that are every bit as good as when working from the office and as such will be far more mobile.

With the rolling out of 4G, the days of having to wait until we get to the office to have a conference call or to send important files to a colleague are already coming to an end. When Li-Fi eventually becomes a reality, there will be no end to what businesses can achieve on the internet in next to no time.

The fact is, the world of internet technology is evolving at a fast pace and by the time everywhere actually has fibre optic broadband, or an acceptable 4G signal that is constant when on the move, it will probably be outdated.

It would seem that for many businesses it will always be a case of playing catch up. While many of us are using new technology to improve our internet speeds, others will be trying out something even quicker.

One thing is for sure though, the days of the entire internet within a building coming to a halt every time someone sends a file or live streams, are certainly coming to an end.

Author bio: Kerry Butters is writing on behalf of the broadband information site Broadband Genie.

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