Internet Providers

So you may have seen recently that we’ve been offline for over a month. This was due to our internet provider at the time seriously letting us down. As you can imagine, we decided to switch providers.

There are many providers out there for small businesses, so we are going to go through a few and see why we dicided on our new supplier.

British Telecom

I am not going to go into anything here. This provider was the reason we were offline for so long. We are not even going to look at the packages they offer.

Virgin Media

This is a serious candidate as according to the checks, we could of had a hgih speed like for a relativly decent price.

Virgin Media are one of the main stream UK communications providers alongside BT and TalkTalk.

As we were only just starting we looked at their VOOM FIBRE 1 package which offered 350mbps download speed, but only 7mbps upload speed. This was just £35/month.

As we were going to be starting to do more upload, 7mbsp was just not enough for a studio that relys on upload for streaming to our broadcasting servers.

Their next package did double the upload speed, but at a cost that was out of our budget. Due to this we decided to look for antoher company.

TalkTalk

This was another good condender, but due to personal differeneces in the way TalkTalk operate, we did not look into this further than looking at the packages they had on offer.

bOnline

After looking around a few comparison websites, we came along bOnline. I had personally not heard of them before, but thought I would look into their packages non the less.

They have 3 main packages. Their cheapest at £16/month is unlimted and an exteemely good deal for small busniesses close to the exchange as this is only a copper line.

We are a little further away from the exchange than we would like to be. This mean that a copper connection was out of the questions. Instrad we looked into what fibre options they had on offer.

They have 2 packages. 38 and 76. After looking at both options we decided to go for their 76 package. It provided 76mbps download speed and 20mbps upload speed.

After looking around for various deals, we managed to get a discount for the first 12 months and a reduced connection fee.

If you are considering looking into this provider, I would highly recommend getting your own router. The one they provide is of poor quality and the wireless will continously drop out if you have more than 2 devices connected to it. This did not matter to us as we used it as a passthrough to our own networking equipment.

We pay about £35/month inc VAT for our connection and we have not had a problem with it since installtion.

An added bonus is that you can be given a static IP address which is free of charge. Extra IP’s will of course come at an expense.

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