I run a business from a home office and have recently been approved for a grant to enable a better broadband connection to my premises. Currently, our exchange is fibre enabled, but we are at the end of the line so to speak and BT are not able to offer us a fibre connection - The best we get is their "faster" broadband package through which we get about 7mb down and 0.4mb up -
For our business, upload speeds are quite important - We send many large files every day to our suppliers for manufacturing purposes - plus we need to remotely access servers and use gotomypc etc - Also voip and video conferencing are needed.
The grant scheme is in the quotation stages, and we are being offered a wide variety of solutions and contract lengths, and it is very hard to know which one will be best for us -
FTTP Leased line - All install costs paid (apparently - but not convinced) , and 3 years for about £80pm / 30mb up / down (clearly subsidised), plus other FTTP solutions for varying amounts of cost
Something similar to a bonded line - 4 lines which may give 30 down and about 5 up
Wireless BB - I have not seen the costs for this yet, but 30 down at least
I have no experience of any of these solutions, and my ideal would be for BT/Openreach to finish the job they started and get us connected to Fibre, but apparently that is not going to happen any time soon.
So - what to do -
If I went for the FTTP option - after the 3 years, the cost would rocket per month - but seeing as the infrastructure would be in place, could I ask BT to provide regular fibre broadband down that line after 3 years?
Any predictions on how leased line price may reduce over the next 3 years based on past history?
The "bonded" lines solution seems the most straight forward and cheap option - but how good could it be?
Wireless may be attractive, but it would be based on cost and data allowance..
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