Ultrafast broadband doesn’t just enable your company do the same things but quicker - It can revolutionise the whole way you do business. Here are our top four ways it can transform your business…

The state of business broadband

Full fibre is the future of broadband, providing a super-speedy and ultra-reliable connection that brings with it a huge range of benefits, but what about the current landscape?

At the moment, much of the UK’s broadband is provided by fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), a hybrid of fibre and copper. But there are signs of things changing, and that's a great sign for businesses.

It runs along fibre optic lines up to your local street cabinet, and then connects to your premises via copper lines. The FTTC fibre/copper system is known to be fast enough for most business, and reliable. But it's not future proof, and businesses don’t get the full benefit of fibre.

Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband on the other hand uses fibre optic cables for the entire length of your connection – so you can connect faster over a bigger bandwidth. FTTC speeds are eclipsed by FTTP, which is capable of an astonishing 1 gigabit per second.

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FTTP is the future of connectivity

Companies like Glide can offer gigabit-capable fibre broadband because we’ve invested in and run our own fibre networks.

This ultrafast broadband future-proofs SMEs, providing this enviable list of advantages:

1. Work faster and better

With ultrafast broadband, the days of technology proving an obstacle, rather than a helping hand, are gone.

Everyone can carry out high-capacity tasks instantly and simultaneously, no matter how many employees you have.

There’s no buffering. No waiting. No downtime. And did we mention it can save you time and money?

And the figures are impressive.

Research shows that 1 gigabit per second broadband would mean a hospital could download a 2 gigabyte CT scan in just 17 seconds, instead of 11 minutes over a standard broadband connection. Talk about life saving!

And for the home-cinema lovers out there, a 60 gigabyte Ultra-HD film can be downloaded in a staggering 8.5 minutes instead of 6 hours.

So, what sort of difference does that make for our customers?

“Before it was awful – downloading took forever, but with the new Glide connections it means we now have the confidence to install new software that we would not have been able to use before. It means we are changing the way we do business and, more importantly, it's helping us grow.” Ben Day, Director of Operations, Touch FM

And these new-found efficiencies and innovative business mindset go hand in hand with our next advantage – cloud technology.

2. Optimising business with cloud computing

Since 2000, cloud computing has been championed by giants like Amazon and Google, and offers convenience, self-service and cost efficiencies.

With cloud computing and ultrafast broadband, you’ll be in a position to quickly and easily upload, store, access and download vast amounts of data.

There’s better data storage security and no need for expensive hardware.

It’s cheaper, more efficient and more reliable.

And for our customers, that makes a world of difference:

“Reliable, fast and cost-effective Internet connectivity is absolutely essential to our business. It allows us to quickly and efficiently deploy the latest game builds to cloud-based servers globally.” Dr Andy Graham-Older, Head of IT, Radiant Worlds Ltd.

With 88% of the UK using cloud-based solutions, when connected to ultrafast broadband, cloud offers the agility needed for businesses to improve their products, customer service, and connect workers better than ever.

3. Ultrafast broadband connects people remotely, for better, cheaper collaboration

With the convenience and cost saving that comes with video-conferencing, and popularity of Skype, it isn’t hard to see why businesses are choosing to strengthen communication through video conferencing.

Time-consuming and expensive face-to-face meetings are much reduced. With quality video conferencing, remote and flexible working becoming the norm.

For a seamless, quality experience without disruption, businesses need a connection that proves reliable time after time – and ultrafast broadband is the solution:

“We are now getting speeds that we had previously only dreamed of! The response from our remote users has been very good, with them able to process over the VPN as if they were hard-wired to the network.” Phil Lovell, Finance and Administration Manager, Brian Hyde Ltd

With greater efficiencies, an appetite for innovation and a better-connected workforce, it means your business can adapt to an ever-evolving landscape – be that your customers, competition or beyond.

4. Become more agile and responsive with a faster connection

The world has never been more connected than it is today. Whether it’s sourcing materials from the other side of the globe, watching your favourite TV show broadcast live from another country, or connecting to the world through social media, we live in an arguably borderless society.

With this greater connectivity, businesses have to be wary of, and react almost instantaneously to their competitors, customers, environmental risks and other factors that impact their day to day.

Through a resilient, ultrafast connection, your business can respond and react more quickly – so you can sell more and be more competitive. But when you’re unable to do so due to a poor connection, the results are noticeable:

“We were losing lettings at Monkspath Business Park, Solihull, as a result of poor broadband connectivity… [This] solution has helped us secure at least three lettings in the last three months which we could otherwise have lost.” Graham Barker, Managing Director, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers

With this kind of benefit resulting from ultrafast broadband, can your business afford not to invest?

Boost your business with ultrafast broadband

For ambitious, growing businesess, ultrafast broadband is quickly becoming a must-have.

You’ll save time and money, be more productive and competitive – and even work differently.

For more information about Glide’s connectivity solutions you can visit our products page, put your broadband speed to the test, or learn more about our coverage with our network information page.