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9th Mar 2016


Is your business broadband slow?

I’ve recently noticed a number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) advertising better connection speeds than main carriers like BT, TalkTalk and Virgin, but how? All third-party suppliers (including Tardis) use the same physical circuits which means if you’re in an area that has slow broadband, there’s a reason for it. Main carriers won’t spend money on local infrastructure because it’s a cost, not an investment. I’m sure you agree that all companies require a good and reliable connection but this isn’t always possible due to geography.

If your business currently has a slow internet connection, you can switch provider or if you’re just curious to see what’s available, I’ve listed several open-market broadband options…

BT options available:

1) ADSL2+: This is the enhanced ADSL service where most download speeds will be around 20mbps. Ideal for SMEs, construction sites, sales & marketing suites.

2) Fibre 40/10: This solution will provide your office 40mbps download and 10mbps upload. Ideal as your first upgrade from ADSL2+ and suitable for a growing SME.

3) Fibre 80/20: This is the best fibre service from BT. Your office will benefit from 80mbps download and 20mbps upload. Comparable to Virgin’s Business 100.

Virgin packages are:

1) Business 50: Basic business broadband from Virgin give you 50mbps download and 15mbps upload. Comparable to BT’s Fibre 40/10. Ideal as your first upgrade from ADSL2+ and suitable for a small business.

2) Business 100: This service gives your business 100mbps download and 15mbps upload. Comparable to BT’s Fibre 80/20.

3) Business 200: Your business will receive 200mbps download and 15mbps upload. Ideal for an IT business looking to host a handful of servers plus some virtual machines.

4) Business 300: This package will supply your business with 300mbps download and 15mbps upload. In my opinion, this package is a waste of time. No-one needs this level of speed, and if you think you do, for the level of activity you think your business does, the upload speed won’t be enough. (Better off with a leased line.)

Other solutions:

1) Tardis 4G: We supply business-grade broadband to many SME’s across the UK. It’s a lot cheaper than conventional methods and we provide next-day delivery. You literally plug it in and you’re connected. The cost difference is based on data allowances which vary from 10Gb/month up to 1.2Tb/month and best of all, 30 day rolling contracts! Prices from £27.08pm +VAT.

“We’ve waited for over 2 years to get anything from BT and even worse, Virgin won’t install lines in this area. As a temporary fix, we used a MiFi device but it always cut-out – never using one again! We had no option but to look for an alternative service – without connectivity, we have no business, it’s as harsh as that. I came across Tardis 4G a couple of years ago and we’ve not looked back. Office Manager, Letchmore Construction

2) Lease Lines: These managed circuits provide an un-contended super-fast broadband connection which means your download and upload speeds are symmetric. You can buy from BT and Virgin – each provider can offer 10mbp to 10gbps. Prices start from around £400pm +VAT.

P.S. If you’ve got this far down the page, it might be worth you knowing Tardis can supply all of the above packages at more cost-effective rates. How? We have priority partnerships with the main carriers. To add, some packages can be supplied on a rolling monthly contract (like Tardis 4G) and others can be up to 3 years terms – you choose.