Connectivity

We believe high-speed internet access is a basic utility.

Critical to the functioning of the economy, it is the electricity of our age. But for many homes and businesses in the UK it remains at best inconsistent and at worst non-existent.

Zen is here to change that, bringing high speed, reliable, resilient connections to your business.

If he were alive today, Lenin would certainly demand nothing less than the Zenification of the whole country, and so should you.

Big connections

While there are many options for internet connection from the basic ADSL to full fibre or leased line direct access, much will depend on your typical usage and plans.

Our experience and advice will ensure you have what you need and don’t find yourself paying for a service you do not use.

If you’re unsure, we can help, offering an analysis of your likely usage and growth, but equally, there are a range of connection options to choose from, and a simple upgrade path should it be needed.

We generally connect to Interoute’s network. Its 70,000km of fibre connect the business hubs of Europe and interconnecting America, Africa and Asia. One need hardly add that it is more than capable of supplying the kind of connectivity we think you should have. And what’s more, you’ll never need to speak to BT again.

Dedicated Internet Access (Leased Line)

Dedicated. Yours and yours alone.

If you need high bandwidth at all times, a leased line guarantees you the capacity. It’s not so much a fast lane, as a private highway all to yourself.

We offer a fully managed service, including a managed router on site, or a wire only service using your own equipment.

Fibre ethernet

Ethernet over fibre comprises a direct fibre connection from your premises to the local ethernet node. It is scalable in usage for example if you install a 100Mbps circuit you can buy service at 10Mbps and buy more as you need it without having to install a new circuit, up to 1Gb.

Copper wire ethernet

Considerably less expensive, but inevitably a lesser service, copper connected ethernet leased lines have a maximum bandwidth of 35Mbps.

On the plus side it is a guaranteed service and it’s not only cheaper to buy, it is considerably cheaper to install.

Resilient, Business-grade broadband

Zen provides access to Interoute’s resilient broadband services which provide a backup to BT access connections. The range of models for bandwidth consumption enable us to match your needs to available service packages from different suppliers.

The essential difference to leased line access is that your connection is shared with other users locally, so effective bandwidth is subject to substantial fluctuations and may not achieve the promised maximum rate.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

We’ll roll out the fibre all the way to your door. That’s the way to be sure of a good standard of internet access over the public network.

FTTP supports maximum speeds of either 40Mbps downstream and 2Mbps upstream, 40Mbps downstream and 10Mbps upstream, or 80Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream.

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)

Using fibre connections from the local exchange to the nearest on street cabinet, FTTC can support maximum speeds of either 40Mbps downstream and 2Mbps upstream, 40Mbps downstream and 10Mbps upstream, or 80Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream.

Having said which, the minimum predicted speed is 2Mbps downstream. You should consider carefully if a line offering marginally over 2Mbps would be adequate in the event that is all you achieve following installation.

It happens. We’ve seen it.

ADSL2+

Slightly more impressive than plain old ADSL, ADSL2+ is still based on copper wires from the nearest exchange to your premises.

It’s a shared infrastructure there are add-ons that can improve the experience during times when the network becomes congested. You can have an uprated router to boost your upstream connection. You could also opt for prioritsation of VoIP traffic to ensure you get a good standard of voice calls. You can also purchase an elevated data priorityto guarantee a preferential weighting to your data traffic during congestion.

ADSL

This is broadband at its least broad. Based on copper wire, ADSL offers a maximum downstream rate of 8Mbps and alternative maximum upstream rates of 448Kbps or 832Kbps.

TalkTalk Business

As an alternative to using the BT network, we can also connect through TalkTalk Business which offers and enhanced ADSL2+ service and FTTC (see above for data rates).

A useful back-up for those whose trust in BT has in some way been diminished…

Real time QoS
With this add-on to ADSL2+ and FTTC we can prioritise VoIP packets to ensure quality voice calls over the network. Worth considering if you’re keeping an eye on costs but also want to ensure quality.

To get your business moving at the speed it should, call us.