Full fibre broadband not yet needed for most businesses

Thursday 29 November 2012

Businesses do not need full fibre broadband connections to make the most of the internet, it has been claimed.

Andrew Saunders, head of product management and marketing at Zen Internet, said relatively few companies have a genuine need for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology at present.

He claimed that fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connections - which are currently capable of delivering up to 80Mbps broadband speeds - are more than ample in most cases.

With FTTC broadband, a legacy copper connection exists between the street cabinet and businesses or household, as opposed to a fibre lead.

Mr Saunders said business customers are "led to believe" they must have fibre broadband delivered directly to their premises - but this is a fallacy.

"The needs of businesses can be met right now from existing FTTC options, and this is not being made clear," he stated.

The Zen director said more than half of all businesses and households across the UK can already take advantage of FTTC broadband.

He said this solution avoids disruption and guarantees high performance and reliability.

"Most organisations do not need the 330Mbps promised by FTTP, and will find 80Mbps more than enough," Mr Saunders added.

Posted by Alex Boardman