The internet has come a long way since it's birth in 1990, and has grown to become as essential as water and electricity. No matter if you're a single operator or a company of 1000+ staff, through Multum Tech's partnerships with leading carriers such as Telstra, Optus, Vocus and the National Broadband Network we can supply a business grade internet connection to your home or office.
To help you decide which option would best suit your company we've outlined the common connection methods.
If the NBN hasn't reached your area yet then chances are you will have an ADSL service. The ADSL technology runs over the same copper lines as your phone services. This technology was first available by Telstra in the early 2000's and soon after Optus, Internode and others. Through increased competition ADSL became the dominant technology used by Australian households and small business.
The ADSL technology has been upgraded over the years from ADSL1 to ADSL2 and finally ADSL2+, but throughout the upgrades there are limitations when used in businesses, the first being distance from the telephone exchange, the second is that data can only travel in a single direction at a time, and lastly the upload speed is typically 10 times slower than download speed.
If you're fortunate enough to be located within 1km of the exchange and provided your copper lines are in good condition, then you're likely to receive a download speed of 20-24Mbps. Unfortunately for the majority of the population we fall into the 10-15Mbps range.
The second limitation for businesses is that data can only travel in one direction at a time. The real world impact of this can be experienced when a staff member sends numerous emails with large attachments, other staff that are on an important web conference will experience choppy video and audio. There are ways to prioritise select internet traffic to reduce the impact but if the internet needs of your business are high you should be looking at the other technologies below.
Finally the upload speed of ADSL connections are much slower than the download speed which can prove to impact business performance when large files are either emailed or uploaded to OneDrive or Dropbox, or large amounts of data are backed up to a cloud server.
The NBN or National Broadband Network is an open wholesale platform that is designed to promote competition in the Telecommunications industry resulting in greater choice for the Australian population. The company in charge of building and operating the network is NBN Co Ltd which is a Government Owned Corporation.
NBN Co have implemented a number of technologies which has reduced the wait for everyone to get the NBN. When you're connected it may be via Fibre to the Building, Fibre to the Node, Fibre to the Premises, Hybrid Fibre Coaxial, Fixed Wireless or the Sky Muster satellite for remote areas.
The way you're connected is largely irrelevant with the main difference being the NTD (Network Termination Device) hardware residing in your home. Below are diagrams of what devices an NBN technician would install for the more common Fibre to the Node and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial.
If the NBN is due to be completed in your area soon then you should starting thinking about choosing a provider to help you get connected. With our new plans we can help you get connected no matter which NBN technology is in your area.
You can now check the estimated date for when the NBN will be rolling out in your area at https://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address.html.
Ethernet over Copper
Ethernet over Copper or EoC as you would expect by the name, uses the same copper wires as ADSL however by bundling together a number of copper wires resulting in a more reliable and synchronous connection for businesses. Having a synchronous connection means that the download and upload speeds are the same, in addition to data being able to travel in both directions simultaneously.
The speed of an EoC connection is still reliant on the distance from the telephone exchange, which is why most providers only offer a maximum of 20Mbps. Despite the speed limitations businesses of all sizes are still finding EoC an economical option as it provides greater capacity for web conferencing, VoIP Phone Systems, connecting multiple offices and using increased Cloud Technologies.
EoC is a business grade internet connection and therefore comes with a low contention ration, meaning that you're not sharing your speed with other customers of the ISP.
Ethernet over Fibre
Internet connections provided over Fibre Optic Cable were historically out of reach for SMBs due to the installation and ongoing costs. As increased competition has entered the market and fibre being installed in more areas has driven down prices.
Fibre internet connections provide a synchronous service, much like Ethernet over Copper, however speeds can range from 10Mbps upto 400Mbps depending your business needs and budget.
If you've just starting researching business grade internet connections then our recommendation is to start with a Fibre connection. A Fibre connection with Multum Tech is an technology investment which will grow with you.
Fed up with internet slowness or overseas call centres, then speak to one of our Australian based sales team who specialises in helping your business.
If your business operates from multiple locations then you can benefit from our secure Private IP connection. This will ensure your inter-office traffic is given priority and traffic passing through the Private IP connection is not transmitted over the internet.
Contact us today for more information.