Poor connectivity was always the price a business paid for operating in the middle of nowhere. Locate your office somewhere like central London instead, and you can tap into a multitude of high capacity networks and peering points.
But as nationwide speeds and services have improved, you hear less about the provincial startup forever stuck on dialup, or the big organisation in the countryside waiting months to upgrade to a reliable Ethernet-grade service. By contrast, you increasingly hear about the agonies that city-based businesses suffer getting their fibre services connected.
Delays caused by wayleaves on the line
In a densely-populated city, properties not already served by a fibre connection will be very close to the network infrastructure that enables it. In many cases, the gap could be as little as a few metres. Hypothetically, the technical process of linking up those two points is quick and simple. In practice, it is fraught with legal and logistical problems.
The last word you want to hear when ordering fibre for your business is ‘wayleave’. A wayleave is a legal requirement giving permission from the owner of property/land to have building works undertaken by Openreach, such as digging into the ground where fibre cables are buried. Without obtaining the necessary wayleave/s, no work can be conducted.
In a place like London, obtaining wayleaves:
- Is frequently needed to make new fibre connections happen.
- Can take months, especially if there are disputes about access rights, compensation etc.
- Does not solve the entire issue of obtaining a fibre connection; there is still the process of agreeing a timeline for conducting the works which may be particularly problematic if road/pavement closures are necessary.
- Sometimes the road surface protection or cost to replace won’t commercially be feasible for a wayleave
Deploy faster and with added redundancy with a rooftop solution
Rather than plod along on with slow connectivity for an indeterminate period, or even risk not having fibre installed in time for a move to new premises, organisations have the option of receiving fibre-air services without the need for physical fibre – cutting install times from up to 6 months down to less than 10 days.
The fixed wireless infrastructure needed for Luminet’s Fibre-Air normally needs no wayleaves or planning permission ( it is a de-minimis installation on the roof), and delivers 10Mbs to 1Gbps symmetrical clear channel services. Its standard SLA of 99.95% puts it on a par with fibre-based Ethernet services, and can be used for dedicated internet access or for multi-site networking (virtual or physical) using MPLS/VPLS.
Services like Fibre-Air don’t just provide a stop-gap measure while you wait for fibre wayleave issues to be overcome – businesses understandably adopt it on a permanent basis. Why? As well as the SLA-assured performance and reliability, customers benefit from the added resilience that comes from truly diverse connectivity. By operating both a fibre-based connection and a wireless alternative like Fibre-Air, continuous 100% uptime for cloud is here..
Organisations don’t have to put up with the wayleave delays and costs that often beset traditional fibre rollouts. All that pain can be avoided, and additional resilience achieved, using services such as Fibre-Air.