Welcome to our series of â€œ10-things-to-consider-when-picking-phone-linesâ€ for phone systems.
So far weâ€™ve covered the topics of types of phone systems lines, their features, rentals and tariffs.Â Now itâ€™s time to look at how things are changing now so you can avoid being left behind, or getting burnt by being an early adopter.
In our next article weâ€™ll be telling you about how SIP is set to transform our communications, but today let us concentrate on Broadband/Cable.
When you sign up for broadband, your existing analogue line has a high-frequency carrier signal injected on to it in the local exchange.Â You need to have a router installed on your premises to decode the signals and feed them into your computer(s).Â You phones have to be fitted with filters so that your conversations arenâ€™t degraded by the intrusive background whistle.
Domestic access to the Internet is taken for granted but the upload-speed and download-speed does vary enormously dependant on your location.Â Being in a town or a city centre guarantees you the advertised speeds, but out in the suburbs or in the countryside or on business parks youâ€™ll be lucky, unless cable connections are available, to get anywhere near a quarter of the publicised â€œX Megâ€ download speed.
Cable is more expensive than standard phone systems exchange-lines.Â This will usually be fibre-optic and will offer so much bandwidth that youâ€™ll be able to have several people browsing and downloading video simultaneously before anyone notices any degradation in what theyâ€™re doing.Â Also the routers required are more specialised.
So if youâ€™re in the marketing sector or dealing with high volumes of information then you should explore optical fibre feeds if you canâ€™t wait until S-I-P is offered at your address.
Ring us for a chat on this and other phone systems related matters on 0800 652 8052.