Connecting Shropshire

What fibre can do for you!

 

Everyone online at the same time with ease

The internet gets slower if lots of people are using it at once – it’s a little bit like trying to drive round Shrewsbury at rush hour.

But with fibre this slow-down is much less of an issue. While the connection will still get slower, its speed is much higher to begin with – meaning the drop off in speed still leaves you a smooth working internet. Returning to my analogy, it’s like having an extra lane or two on the road allowing the traffic to flow more freely!

So what does fibre broadband allow you to do?  

HD Streaming

According to thinkbroadband.com, the very minimum you need for streaming HD videos on BBC iPlayer is 3mbps.  While ADSL can reach those speeds, reliability can be an issue with the drop off in speeds when multiple users are online at the same time. By contrast, fibre provides you with a secure and reliable way to stream your shows and movies online – all in definition so high you can make out every blade of grass! 

Gaming

If you’re playing online games, you need fast and reliable broadband. The last thing you want, when you’re one-on-one with the keeper and ready to teach your opponent a footballing lesson they’ll never forget, is lag. Lag is the bane of the online gaming world. Ensuring you have the speed and reliability to really make the most of online gaming is the first thing anyone needs to consider before getting started.

Video calls

If you want to catch up with relatives and friends in the far flung reaches of the globe (or even just down the road!), then video calls over the internet have transformed how you keep in touch. However, anyone with a slower internet connection can tell you the trouble it can cause. The picture breakups, the voice delays and, of course, the painful sound of the software trying to reconnect you after the call drops…again.

Better connection means better communication – and the better the communication between you and those at the other end is, the more rewarding it will be. Humans are a social bunch and if you’re able to make the most of a call to a loved one without the frustration and disappointment of image and sound breakups or dropped calls, you will take much more from it.

The faster your internet connection, the better the call will be. It really is that simple.

Working from home

There’s something liberating about working from the comfort of your own home. No-one can see you, and the only judgement your boss can make on how you work is what you produce. And it’s surprising just what effect a relaxed and comfortable environment can do for your work ethic. How does fibre broadband come into all this? Well, once again, it is the reliability of fibre broadband which comes to the fore.

If you are able to work from home, it is likely that your business operates some form of remote data storage – whether in the Cloud or through a virtual personal network (VPN). In short, you are able to work from home because all the files your business stores are hosted and available through these portals – meaning you have access to the same information at home as you do in the office. Uploading and downloading information, files and content from these host networks can require a good broadband speed and you will need to stay connected throughout the day to be able to work. Fibre guarantees you stay connected and are able to access and upload all the files you need.

New parents can also keep their work and family commitments balanced after maternity/paternity leave is over by working from home during those first important months. An added benefit of this is that it can cut down on childcare costs as well.
If you run your own business, faster broadband can enable you to run things from home, potentially reducing overheads and other costs.

If you want to find out more about working from home or outside the office, you can read over some of the key benefits by clicking on the link below to the Superfast Cornwall site: http://www.flexible-working.org/