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Leased Line is an internet connection delivered directly between a provider and a user. They can carry data at speeds of up to 100Gbps if required and can be setup as point to point to any location. These types of connection can be installed over both copper, and fibre, depending on the requirements, and are able to provide a dedicated, full duplex (both upload and download channels can simultaneously broadcast) high-speed connection to the web. As the connection is fully dedicated and delivered directly between an ISP point of presence and the customer, they benefit from much greater security, improve latency and stability. Both copper and fibre installations come with enhanced SLA’s from providers to guarantee uptime and have penalties for failures. In addition, the connections are monitored 24×7 for peace of mind. Many additional services can be combined with this type of service if a setup required links direct to datacentres for example, or requires failover with IP address redirects. Internet Leased Line connections are scalable and reliable and will enable a business to enjoy superb connectivity.
Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) is one of the newer methods being used to deliver high-speed internet connectivity to the mass market while maintaining a very competitive price point. The technology is still in the delivery stage and is not available everywhere yet, so please ask us to check for you. The name is descriptive of what is going on with the physical connection of the service. The local cabinets for telecoms are connected to the Exchange by Fibre Optic connection. While the smaller distance to the premises are supplied over copper in the same way that a broadband connection is. This means that the majority of the distance to the Exchange is covered with a very high-speed enabled media, and therefore the speed at the premises can be much higher than a standard broadband line. FTTC can deliver speeds of up to 80Mbps download and up to 20Mbps upload. This type of connection can be very cost effective in delivering good speeds to businesses but are contended with other users, so cannot be guaranteed for speed. As such they are not suitable for many high usage businesses, but for many SME’s they make a very compelling choice for connectivity. Urban Network have been delivering this service since its release, and can assist you in moving to FTTC and managing the solution end to end.
Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) is a lower cost leased line option, which can deliver a symmetrical service (same upload & download speed) of up to 35Mbps. It is also delivered as a dedicated service, meaning that the speed that is agreed on when the product is delivered, is what is always available. Currently, EFM is available for most, but not all of the UK, so please check with us prior to ordering. The service is a resilient connection, installed over copper wires to the premises, so can be cost effective against traditional Leased Line installs. The connection is backed up with SLA, so can be used by organisations for business critical connectivity, and is ideal for medium to high usage businesses. The term EFM comes from the technology that the service runs over, which is based on Ethernet signalling but running over DSL cabling. This allows the cost to be competitive, without compromising on the stability and service. Urban Network have many customers already benefiting from EFM, to find out if your business can take advantage of EFM get in touch with us.
Broadband technology is now well established and is accepted as the entry point to internet connectivity. Generally broadband is a term used to describe DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) or Cable types of connections. The most popular in business is ADSL based technology, where the ‘A’ stands for asynchronous, meaning that the upload and download speeds are not the same. There are also synchronous connections available using this method, although they are now mainly replaced by other connection types due to costs savings on newer technologies. ADSL technology is now able to deliver download speeds of up to 24Mbps & upload of up to 1.4Mbps (figures based are for ADSL2+) dependant on distance to the local Exchange.
- business level services, which benefit from lower contention, and enhanced service support, although no ADSL has any SLA attached;
- all types of Broadband connections, fully managed and supported by our team;
- competitive price and enhanced service over an ISP due to our position as an IT solutions provider.
These types of connection give greater security to networks that are located in separate premises, but still need to have links to one another. The 2 connections are both considered private and secure to each business but are also quite different from one another.
P2P – Point to Point can take the form a physical link between to separate networks that are run directly by cable or through dedicated switched networks not connecting to the web. However in the modern communications field, the connection type is also used to describe other mediums, typically line of sight laser or microwave. Importantly P2P is seen as linking specific end-points only to each other, rather than using the public internet and routing the traffic. This means that the 2 networks can use their own inherent packet transfer and security protocols to protect their data. It also adds the benefit of improving speeds and stability when connecting large networks together to create large private networks. These can add benefits of universal control, and lower the cost of communications using voice-over the connections as well.
MPLS – Multiprotocol Labelled Switching is considered to be more of a technique based connection that enables the routes of data travelling the network to be designed to flow in a particular way by labelling the data. This allows a network to be created by controlling the path that is used across the internet to reach a given destination. The route can be chosen to give shorter, quicker connections with lower latency between points at a network level. In effect, it means that a network can be considered private, while still using the public internet to join the points. Additionally public internet access can be granted by any of the connected nodes in the network. This means that the connection is secure, while also giving point to point ability. If you wanted to find out more about either of these technologies and how they can benefit your business, please just get in contact and we can help you through the process of discovery and implementation.
Delivering a secure and fully managed WiFi service for any type of business can be complex, Urban Network have partnered with best of breed WiFi vendors to deliver viable solutions that can address any requirement such as Bring You Own Device (BYOD) within enterprise environments through to hospitality and retail sectors. With powerful control over access, including at device level as granular as accessing app stores, Urban Network can give you full control over your mobile devices.
Bring Your Own Device – User-owned devices have exploded onto networks everywhere, with new iPads, Androids, and smartphones connecting every day. It’s imperative to keep network access secure and apply device-specific policies without opening security holes or causing an undue support burden. Urban Network’s solutions offer built-in support for BYOD making it easier than ever to securely support user-owned iPads, tablets, smartphones, and laptops – without extra appliances, licenses, or complex VLAN configurations.
Security Management – Integrated network access control (NAC) prevents unmanaged devices from spreading viruses on the network. All commonly affected devices are scanned, ensuring antivirus software is installed and running. Clients that fail to meet antivirus requirements can be placed in a quarantine, where Anti-Virus software can be downloaded. Enterprise-class access points allow the latest security levels to be deployed, and with the ability to broadcast and manage multiple WLAN’s, access can be granted only to what you want clients to access.
Guest WiFi Management – Urban Network makes it easy to deploy and use guest WiFi solution for any hospitality, retail or serviced office environment, including built-in support for customised portals, integrated security, and reliable coverage. Support guests alongside POS and internal networks – without extra appliances, licenses, or complex configurations. Using your WiFi with Social Media Login integration lets guests use check-ins to connect to your WiFi network, enabling additional demographics data through Social Media Platforms, providing built-in endorsement and exposure to your brand.
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