Most of us take our internet connection for granted, whether it’s on the move, at home or in the office. In the early days that meant putting up with ‘dial up’ set-ups at home with limited bandwidth squeezed into telephone lines. Of course, even back then some early adopter businesses had leased lines that offered far more.
Today however, the picture is more confusing, with broadband, fibre optic, 4G – and more all offering ways to get online.
Internet in numbers
A recent article in The Guardian pointed out that the number of internet users worldwide currently stands at just over 3 billion, which is 42% of the global population.
Even though that means 58% of the people on the planet aren’t online yet, experts predict that another two billion people will gain regular access over the next ten years.
The rise in mobile technology is the driving force behind the expansion in global internet access, so 4G and following generations of mobile phone tech are going to play an even larger role.
However, although mobile telecommunications will be a major factor in increasing the reach of the net across Africa and parts of Asia – in the west fixed line infrastructure will always be a major player.
Stay safe with enhanced security
Having a dedicated fixed line offers far more security than open ‘over the air’ communications.
Ofcom’s Media Literacy reports reveal the UK’s media consumption habits and attitudes and the most recent report showed that most UK internet users are becoming more knowledgeable about security issues and less willing to provide personal information online.
This is where a leased line can really show an advantage, as it can set up a direct connection for a business that not only offers security but guaranteed speeds too.
Weigh up your needs
Many of us are lucky enough to have fibre optic domestic broadband which allows for hi speeds and great amounts of data to be transferred in much shorter times.
Although this is a fixed line connection, unlike a leased line the best possible connection speeds aren’t guaranteed. This is because the lines are shared with other uses, so at times of high use bottlenecks can occur.
This can mean that each individual user sees a throttling in the amount of bandwidth available to them, with a resulting loss in performance. Whilst there is more choice in the market of broadband than ever before, it’s important to weigh up your needs before opting for your choice of connection.