Fibre, Fibre, Fibre...
So your customer wants lightning speed and reliability? Well when it comes to connectivity, this is where we talk about Fibre. Still the most reliable connectivity medium available in Australia.
So what is Fibre really?
Fibre is an extremely fast connectivity medium with usually low or very low contention (that means that you shall have a much better experience as you won’t be bogged down by other traffic). Fibre is rated as having 99.90% Access Availability (which means its uptime).
Other benefits of fibre include uptime SLA’s, speed guarantees and as well as Class of Service (CoS).
With Fibre, your customers can achieve speeds of up to 10 Gbps. That as well is synchronous, which means 10Gbps download, and upload (you may hear of it being referred to as Symmetric Speed). That’s pretty fast huh?
What are some other benefits of Fibre?
Lots of customers ask about latency. What does that actually mean? Latency is a term that is used to describe how long it takes to process data over an internet connection. With Fibre, compared to say NBN, there is a massive drop in latency issues. What does that mean in a practical sense? Well, you shall have better voice quality on VOIP and video conferencing, as well as being able to move large files with ease and without disruption.
Security is another reason a lot of customers look at Fibre. The only way to penetrate a fibre connection is to physically cut the fibres, which in turn shall cause the fibre to stop working.
What is the difference between an IP-Line and an E-Line?
Great question. When it comes to fibre, you need to decide what it is going to be used for. An IP-Line is a dedicated Internet Connection. An E-Line is a point-to-point, or a point-to-multipoint connection, mainly used for SAN replication and WAN back-up. Depending on the bandwidth of the fibre, you can split it up between an IP-Line or E-Line, or have the fibre dedicated to the one carriage.
If I get Fibre, then I will have a 100% uptime?
In a perfect world yes, but unfortunately, we know how that ends. As with any internet technology, there needs to be a redundancy put in place. Real world examples of Fibre going down include overzealous contractors who accidently cut the physical fibre, people plugging and unplugging things in the wrong places, and other acts of humanity (and the occasional natural event).
It is always wise to have a redundancy when it comes to connectivity. We rely on connectivity now more than ever, yet it is a secondary thought when it comes to having a redundancy in place. There are many options when it comes to planning redundancies with many options, including NBN, 4G, and co-location and geo-diverse set-ups.
Lots of Pro’s! Now tell me about the Con’s:
As with any technology there are known side effects. When it comes to fibre, these may include an upfront investment for the installation, higher monthly costs (MRC’s) and availability. Although fibre is quite widespread within metropolitan areas, there are not as many options in regional areas. Having said that, there still are options available.
Still not sure?
Give Iperium a call and we can take you through the options and what is available for your customers. We are happy to help and to give you the right advice so you can be seen as the trusted advisor on all thing’s connectivity to your customers.
For more information, call us on 1300 592 330 and one of the team will be happy to assist.
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