Superfast Internet

Internet options can be complicated - fastest is rarely best(est). A guide to Internet options

Internet in increasing order of Performance, Reliability & Price

aDSL & sDSL

An entry level Internet provided over copper lines and speeds achieved depend on how far you are from your BT Exchange, and the age of the street copper cabling. Typically expect around 15mbps download (enough to run a small business with a dozen staff).

A fully managed service from £29 a month (+VAT).

Fibre Broadband vDSL/Infinity

This ‘Green Box’ solution is BT’s rollout of street mini exchanges. Provided over copper lines, it allows speeds up to 76mbps download.  Great for small businesses but is not really suitable for running Internet Voice.

A fully managed service starting from £49 a month (+VAT)

EFM - Copper Ethernet in the Final Mile

A step up from Fibre Broadband in performance & price, supplied over copper lines and is non-contended (not shared) service. This means you get exactly what you pay for all of the time.  Great for running Voice & business critical IT, the technology has redundancy built into it.

Pricing for this product starts from £149 per month (+VAT) typically over a 3 year term.

Fibre Ethernet Leased Line

‘Best In Class’.  An optical fibre direct to your office gives speeds from 10mbps up.  Extremely reliable but beyond the budgets of most small firms as costs start at £249 a month.  Typically 12 weeks to go in, surveys are needed and ‘dig costs’ are normal.

Please note Tier 1 Suppliers perform much better, buy cheaply at your peril!

Wookiee says

Postcode & budget are the two main factors in Internet choice