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Optical fibre enables data to be transmitted at the speed of light and provides very high bandwidth. At a time when the quality of the Internet connection is a key factor in both customer satisfaction and employee productivity, fibre optic pro is the ideal solution for companies looking for performance. In short, fibre optics represent a significant advance on ADSL, offering far superior performance and meeting the growing demands of modern connectivity.
The Wifirst network has unrivalled capillarity and availability, thanks to collection agreements with both major operators and alternative players. This 'mix' of operators enables Wifirst to select the best performing backhaul sub-networks according to the geographical location of the site to be connected, the quality and resilience of the sub-network near the site and, of course, the economic conditions.
Let's look at the differences between business fibre and the other usual ways of providing Internet access.
FTTO fibre is a fibre used only by your business, with genuine service commitments: guaranteed throughput, symmetrical throughput (upload = download) and a guaranteed 4-hour recovery time in the event of failure. It is therefore designed to offer very high availability, as connectivity is critical in a business environment.
Shared fibre-to-the-home is a consumer offering that has been repackaged for businesses. It is known as FTTH Pro. Unlike dedicated fibre-to-the-home, this is a pooled fibre offering shared between several establishments. It is still capable of delivering high speeds (up to 1 Gbps depending on operators and eligibility). However, this figure represents the maximum achievable throughput (referred to as "peak throughput").
The question of sizing is essential. An underestimated throughput will generate slowdowns and frustrations. An overestimated throughput will result in unnecessary extra costs. We provide you with methods to help you order your FTTO fibre capacity as accurately as possible.
Wifirst's teams will be with you every step of the way, from fibre connection to delivery of a functional service, connected to a LAN provided by Wifirst or not.
Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about fibre optics pro.
Switching to fibre optics for business has a number of advantages for companies and establishments catering to the public.
In short, switching to business fibre optics improves productivity, security, flexibility and competitiveness, enabling businesses to take full advantage of advanced digital technologies and adapt to changing connectivity needs.
The difference in cost between FTTH and FTTO fibres is linked to the level of service you will receive. The FTTO offer guarantees throughput, which means you can cope with surges in traffic at peak times in hotels and student residences, for example. In the event of a technical problem, we also undertake to get your installation back up and running within a few hours. These two features make FTTO fibre an essential ally for businesses with high connectivity needs.
If the speed requirement is not too demanding, Wifirst is able to aggregate several ADSL lines in order to offer an acceptable speed. This is limited to certain cases and does not make it possible to take full advantage of the quality standards of the infrastructure deployed by Wifirst.
A 4G/5G or satellite connection may also be considered. These options may represent relevant alternatives for certain customers.
Traditional Internet access packages generally offer much higher download speeds than upload speeds. However, for certain uses, a high upload speed is necessary. This is particularly the case for videoconferencing, IP telephony, cloud computing and any other application that requires data to be sent.
A WiFi infrastructure can be optimised to maximise performance but will always depend on the line speed. As a result, a limited bandwidth will always represent the biggest obstacle to a quality WiFi service in a configuration with demanding connectivity requirements. Optical fibre, and more specifically dedicated fibre, is therefore strongly recommended for powering a wireless infrastructure.