Many broadband providers in the UK have posted ‘availability maps’ onto their websites, showing definite ‘hot spot’ and ‘cold spot’ areas to give you a better idea of whether your business could upgrade to a superfast service. Unfortunately, these maps do not always give an accurate representation of the availability for your premises, as availability can vary greatly, even within the same area or region.
What Determines Broadband Availability?
The reason that superfast business broadband is, well, superfast, is because the data is carried over a fibre cable, rather than the traditional copper line. This significantly reduces the transfer speed, so there’s much lower latency when you’re working. However, in order to receive data transfer over a fibre cable, the local exchange that connects to your local cabinet must be fibre-enabled. And not all are.
BT have reported that more than 25 million homes and businesses are within reach of a fibre-enabled exchange. The problem, however, is that it can take around 12 months (or sometimes even more), to prepare an exchange for fibre. This is why superfast services are not currently available to all businesses.
While some street cabinets in your area may be connected to a fibre-enabled exchange, your local cabinet may not be. Unfortunately, it is not possible to arrange to have superfast services delivered through an alternative exchange as each premises is served from its own fixed distribution point.
Broadband Options By Postcode
The best way to determine what sort of business broadband services are available to you is to use our quick and easy availability checker. All you need to do is enter your business postcode and we’ll do all the hard work for you, checking whether superfast broadband services are available in your area.
If fibre broadband isn’t yet available in your area don’t worry! We’ll look at alternative options, such as leased lines, which may be available to help you to receive the upload and download speeds you need in order for your business to not only operate efficiently and effectively on a day-to- day basis, but also make it easier for your business to grow and develop in the future. We’ll even help you to find the best deal on a broadband alternative like a leased line, helping you to upgrade while still sticking to a budget.
Compare leased line providers with us today to find a supplier, and a package, that suits your business.