July 24, 2024

As a small business owner, I know how important fast, reliable internet is. Luckily, my office space is connected to an Enterprise Ethernet network – helping me work faster and better.

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What is Enterprise Ethernet?

As a small business owner, I know how important fast, reliable internet is. Slow, choppy internet is an issue when it causes uploads and downloads to stall, video calls to cut out or access to the cloud to be limited.

Luckily, my office space is connected to an Enterprise Ethernet network – helping me work faster and better.

How is Enterprise Ethernet different?
I spoke to David Michaels, head of sales and marketing at Swoop, about why Enterprise Ethernet is such a good option for business owners.

“Enterprise Ethernet and FTTP use the same fibre-optic cable technology but, beyond the connection type, FTTP and Enterprise Ethernet offer quite different internet experiences,” he said.

“Enterprise Ethernet is delivered over a dedicated network with a direct path, which gives you high-speed, low-latency, secure connectivity.

FTTP uses the same fibre optic cables but is delivered over a shared network, meaning many users are transmitting data on the same lines.”

What are the benefits of Enterprise Ethernet?
Dealing with multiple clients and a team of subcontractors means that my business relies heavily on fast, reliable internet for day-to-day operations. I use video conferencing platforms, cloud-based applications and shared networks, as well as sending and receiving large files, and needing to be in contact with clients and team members all the time.

“FTTP and Enterprise Ethernet nbn® deliver internet through separate connections, which means you can run both to your business,” added Mr Michaels.

“This is a great option if you can’t risk being without internet for even a short time.”

Being on a separate network with different infrastructure means Enterprise Ethernet can easily meet my business’s data demands.

Because Enterprise Ethernet uses a separate network and infrastructure, if I pay for a 500/500 Mbps plan, I’ll actually get 500 Mbps download and 500 Mbps upload speeds.

Enterprise Ethernet connections also offer symmetrical speed plans, meaning I can upload as fast as I download.

That’s good for me, but even better for businesses that need to send large files quickly, back up data to the cloud, participate in video conferencing and online collaboration, and host applications in the cloud.

Why Enterprise Ethernet is so good for my business
High-speed data transfer
I’ve got the bandwidth required to transfer data at lightning-fast speeds, so I can operate more efficiently and productively.

“If your business needs to transfer large amounts of data quickly, such as medical imaging, financial data, or video production, Enterprise Ethernet can be an excellent option,” said Mr Michaels.

Cloud connectivity
If you rely on cloud-based applications and services as much as I do, Enterprise Ethernet can give you dependable, high-speed connectivity to the cloud, allowing your entire team to access your applications and data anytime, anywhere.

Virtual private networks (VPNs)

Most of my team of subcontractors are based outside of Sydney, and VPNs are a great way for remote workers to securely access company resources. By using Enterprise Ethernet for your organisation, you can ensure that VPNs remain fast, reliable, and secure, enabling remote workers to stay connected and productive.

Business continuity
Being able to connect your premises to both FTTP and Enterprise Ethernet simultaneously provides a backup network that ensures business continuity in case of network outages or other disruptions. This helps prevent expensive downtime that can cost your business financially and reputationally.

Ability to scale
Enterprise Ethernet has been great for scaling up easily as my business has grown.

Mr Michaels points out that “if you want to hire more employees, establish a new department or begin operations that require higher bandwidth, Enterprise Ethernet lets you expand without difficulty.”

Can your business get Enterprise Ethernet?

NBN® Enterprise Ethernet is already available to around 1.5 million Australian business locations – including mine – with more to come.