Texaport provide and manage business grade connectivity solutions and internet services for clients.
Business Connectivity Solutions
Connectivity is a term used to denote access to the internet with services typically provided by an ISP (Internet Service Provider). We work with several ISPs to ensure the most appropriate connections are available to clients.
Working with a wide range of providers, Texaport are able to advise on, supply and support a wide array of connectivity solutions to suit the needs of our clients.
Why rely on Texaport for your connectivity needs?
Making sure that your business is using the best internet connection available and it’s as resilient as possible can be time consuming and difficult.
Texaport helps businesses by recommending the most appropriate, cost effective connectivity solutions and ensuring that clients don’t need to worry with the headache of managing and troubleshooting the connection.
The main benefit for clients receiving connectivity solutions from Texaport is that regardless of the issue, fault or problem they are experiencing in relation to the internet, local network, devices or services, Texaport will be their only point of contact.
We work with our clients’ providers to ensure that they will only ever need to speak to our engineers in the event of an incident. This allows the client to turn their attention back to the business whilst Texaport troubleshoots and resolves their issue.
Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) is a type of DSL broadband communications technology used for connecting to the Internet. ADSL allows more data to be sent over existing copper telephone lines when compared to traditional modem lines. A special filter, called a microfilter, is installed on a subscriber’s telephone line to allow both ADSL and regular voice (telephone) services to be used at the same time.
ADSL requires a special ADSL modem and subscribers must be in close geographical locations to the provider’s “exchange” to receive ADSL service. Typically this distance is within a radius of 2 to 2.5 miles. ADSL supports data rates of from 1.5 to 9 Mbps when receiving data (known as the downstream rate) and from 16 to 640 Kbps when sending data (known as the upstream rate).
FTTC or Fibre to the Cabinet broadband has been offered as “fibre” for the past decade to businesses and consumers as a high-speed internet connection. FTTC connections involve fibre optic cables running from the telephone exchange to street cabinets when then connect to traditional phone lines to provide broadband services.
FTTC broadband offers a downstream line connection speed of up to 80 meg (80 Mbps) but the actual maximum throughput speed of the service will be slightly lower than this at around 76 Mbps. Upstream speeds are available at up to 20 Mbps on the 80 Mbps connection.
These speeds are offered as a guide, as proximity to the street cabinet can affect the resulting speed with a noticeable slowdown over the copper phone wiring. Street cabinets can be located 50-1500m from the premises and subscribers will notice a consistent drop in their actual speed the further they are from the cabinet. Unfortunately, even if a building is physically 50-100m away from the cabinet, the cable routing could be such that it extends much further.
FTTC connections are typically “contended” connections, with multiple households or businesses using the same copper wiring to reach the street cabinet, resulting in a reduction in speed. For this reason, Texaport do not recommend FTTC connections as a “business grade” product, as providers do not offer an SLA for support or maintenance of the line, speeds can be unreliable and lines are contended with other users.
EoFTTC or Ethernet over Fibre to the Cabinet is recommended for businesses requiring low cost, private bandwidth. Like FTTC connections, EoFTTC relies on the existing telephone infrastructure from the Street Cabinet to the premises but Fibre Optic infrastructure from the Street Cabinet to the Exchange. Unlike FTTC connections EoFTTC provides and uncontended Ethernet bandwidth on top guaranteeing speeds of 15Mbps regardless of other users nearby.
EoFTTC offers a downstream line connection speed of up to 80 meg (80 Mbps) but the actual maximum throughput speed of the service will be slightly lower than this at around 76 Mbps. Upstream speeds are available at up to 20 Mbps on the 80 Mbps connection. The Ethernet bandwidth prevents the speeds from dropping below 15Mbps, providing a reliably consistent, uncontended internet connection.
EoFTTC connections are “business grade”, “uncontended” connections and as such are supported by strong SLAs from the provider. For this reason, this is a strong started package for businesses who rely on consistent, supported connections for voice, video and other network traffic.
Pure Fibre Connectivity
EoFTTP or Ethernet over Fibre to the Premises can also be known as “pure fibre” (this is the term Texaport prefers) or gigabit fibre. Pure Fibre connections rely on fibre optic cabling from the exchange to the street cabinet and from the street cabinet to the building resulting in a strong, high speed connection for businesses.
Pure Fibre connections offer a downstream line connection speed of up to 10Gbps but the actual speed will be limited by budget in most cases. Upstream speeds match the downstream rates, providing an unparalleled internet connection for speed and reliability.
Pure Fibre connections are “business grade”, “semi-contended” connections (semi, as there may be additional businesses relying on the fibre connection to the building, though there will be no noticeable interference on the bandwidth or speed). Providers such as CityFibre and OpenReach offer strong SLAs for Pure Fibre connections as they are more resilient, reliable and lower maintenance once installed.
Up to 10Gbps
What is the Gigabit Voucher Scheme?
Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.
Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.
Residents can also benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.
Gigabit Voucher Scheme Background
How do Vouchers work?
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is part of the Local Full Fibre Networks programme, which has the strategic objective of increasing full fibre coverage across the UK.
Starting in late 2017, the programme launched the first wave of its programme, designed to test its approach to market stimulation. £10m was allocated to the launch of five pilot projects across the country, including £2m on a market test for the voucher scheme. The national launch of the scheme has been designed to build on the lessons learned from our market test.
What is a Gigabit connection?
The UK now has 95% coverage for superfast broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per second or higher. However, most superfast connections still depend on copper telephone wires, which are limited in the speeds they can support. For the fastest and most reliable broadband, capable of delivering gigabit speeds, a full fibre connection is required.
One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future. Full fibre also supports symmetrical connections – meaning your upload and download speeds can be the same.
Businesses or residents that are eligible for gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a supplier.
The chart below shows the step-by-step process that each voucher recipient will go through to activate their voucher:
- <250 Employees
- <€50m Annual Turnover
- <€43m on Balance Sheet
- Additional Restrictions apply, please see scheme Terms and Conditions
The new connection must be a significant improvement on the current connection and:
- Offer a minimum of 100Mbs
- Upgradeable to 1Gbs
- At least double the current connection speed.
The Voucher is only applicable on specific packages with Texaport’s Suppliers. Typically:
- Gateway (Router) hardware of up to £250
- Installation costs
- Monthly Connection costs
- Construction Charges (if applicable)
Internet Connection Jargon
Deciding on the most appropriate connectivity solution can be troublesome with many moving parts and variables to consider. ISPs, Bandwidth, Downstream Rate, Upstream Rate, Fibre Optic, POTS, Street Cabinets, Exchanges and Contention can be a lot for the average user or decision maker to investigate, particularly as they are all very much “Jargon” terms. This is how we break them down:
Typically used in computing, Bandwidth is the maximum rate of data transfer. Or, how quickly information can be sent to its destination, such as: how quickly you can watch a YouTube video, download a PDF or send a photo via email.
This refers to information or data that is received by a computer or network. This would be receiving emails, downloading files, visiting webpages or watching Netflix.
This refers to information or data that is sent from a computer or network. This would be sending emails, sharing files or uploading content to Facebook.
The Plain Old Telephone Service is the copper infrastructure still heavily relied on by a vast majority of businesses and homes throughout the UK for internet connection.
The next generation infrastructure currently being rolled out throughout the UK. Fibre Optic cables are glass cores through which light signals can be sent. These are faster and more reliable than copper cables.
Referred to as an “Exchange” by most ISPs, an Internet Exchange Point is the physical infrastructure used to transfer internet traffic between networks.
These are units based on the side of the road which connect to Exchanges (typically through Fibre Optic cables) to funnel data to and from the customer and the internet.
Contention, is when other users, businesses or household are using the same main broadband line to the Street Cabinet. Much like a road can handle a multitude of cars, the more cars that are using it the higher the likelihood of a pile up, traffic jam or slowdown.