Changes in the Way we Work Shaping Future of the Internet
Until recently, developments in connectivity in the UK have most definitely shaped working patterns and preferences. Consider, for example, that in 2011, BT first started offering fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services in Milton Keynes, which was eventually expanded to most of the country. Just 3 years later, in 2014, the Government altered legislation relating to flexible working hours, meaning that everyone would now have the right to make a request. It was reported at the time that more than 20 million people had already made requests for more informal working patterns or more flexible working hours.
Coincidence? Unlikely. Faster internet speeds offered by FTTP meant that it was now possible for many people to conduct their day-to-day activities from alternative locations. However, things are changing, and today advances in business internet are more likely to be shaped based upon our evolving needs and requirements. Services such as Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) and leased lines, for example, have undoubtedly been born – at least partly – from our need for a more reliable, symmetrical connection.
One of the highlights of leased lines is that they offer a symmetrical, rather than an asymmetrical, connection. This means that, unlike ADSL lines which typically offer faster download speeds and slower upload speeds, leased lines offer the same upload and download speeds which are unaffected by activity. The reason leased lines offer this is to meet our ever growing and changing requirements.
Leased lines with symmetrical upload and download speeds can, for example, facilitate the following:
The growing use of voice over IP services (a whopping 80 percent of UK businesses were utilising voIP services, in one way or another, in 2013), means there’s now a greater need for symmetry and reliability to ensure continued quality of service from both an audio and visual viewpoint.
Today, more than two thirds of small and medium sized business in the UK are using cloud computing, enabling better file storage, quick and easy sharing, and improved security. Rapid uptake of ‘the cloud’ means that leased lines and EFM have never been more important.
As we’ve already touched on, more and more people are requesting flexible working hours or flexible patterns, increasing the need for collaboration between multiple sites. Leased lines are helping to facilitate flexible working by boosting reliability and ensuring effective collaboration.
As a nation, we’re demanding more from our business internet services, and leased lines and EFM are evidence of how the industry is evolving to not only meet but exceed our changing needs. Today, there are now many providers offering leased lines to UK businesses, including BT, Virgin Media, and Wavenet.