A guide to nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet

March 4th, 2019 - Get new posts sent straight to your inbox, click here. Aaron O'Keeffe

Is your internet slowing your business down?

As everyday business functions migrate to the cloud and businesses integrate more high-bandwidth applications into everyday operations, organisations need access to connectivity that’s not only fast, but also incredibly reliable.

If your Business nbn™ plan isn’t keeping up with the demands of your company, nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet could be the answer.

What is nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet?

nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet is a high bandwidth way for businesses to connect their Local Area Networks (LANs) with the internet, and to streamline the performance of their Wide Area Networks (WANs).

(How nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet powered a local company into the global spotlight)

nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet WAN is delivered via a fibre optic cable and features symmetrical plans ranging from nbn™ 100/100 to nbn™ 1000/1000*. This makes it an attractive option for companies who are using it for everything from cloud computing and disaster recovery backup to the sharing, storage and transfer of increasingly large amounts of data.

Why should businesses sign up for nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet?

A wired connection like enterprise ethernet offers businesses many advantages over other technologies.

  • Speed – nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet offers symmetrical plans ranging from nbn™ 100/100 to nbn™ 1000/1000. Whereas the highest plan available on Business nbn™ is nbn™ 1000/400.
  • Reliability – wired connections like fibre optic cable is much more reliable, as it’s not subject to the same amount of interference as a wireless connection experiences.
  • Control – a wired network gives businesses full control over who has access to it, preventing it from becoming overloaded with non-business critical traffic.
  • Security – this control over the network also translates into greater security, as it’s a lot easier to keep unauthorised visitors out of a wired network.
  • Value – while initially more expensive than other types of connection, once installed, enterprise ethernet can pay for itself in cost savings to a business in a relatively short period of time.

The difference between enterprise and residential ethernet?

Enterprise ethernet is more expensive than residential ethernet and there are a number of reasons for the difference in price. Enterprise ethernet offers:

  • Flexible configurations – most organisations have security or user demands that require sophisticated routing configurations. Enterprise ethernet offers businesses the flexibility to meet these needs.
  • Direct access to data centre and cloud services – enterprise ethernet allows businesses to connect directly to their data centre or cloud storage via a WAN, providing significant gains in availability, speed and security.
  • The option to use your own equipment – enterprise ethernet often gives businesses the option of using their own connection equipment for expense management purposes, rather than vendor-supplied equipment.
  • Static IP address – unlike residential ethernet where the IP address can change over time, enterprise ethernet typically includes a static IP address. This allows businesses to configure applications like on-site hosting and to create a VPN for secure remote employee access.
  • High contention ratio – enterprise ethernet has a higher contention ratio than residential ethernet (greater number of users allowable at one time) to ensure that a business has continued access to data, even when bandwidth is at a premium.
  • Scalability – enterprise ethernet connections are more flexible and allow businesses to upgrade their speed and bandwidth as required.
  • Customer service – enterprise ethernet users have access to 24/7 expert support, while residential users generally have less access to assistance.
  • Service-level agreements – enterprise ethernet plans may include an uptime guarantee accomplished through continuity planning. This can include redundant internet connections available for fast switch over if needed.

The current ethernet landscape

Although big businesses around the world have been using enterprise ethernet for some time, until recently the connection has only been available in Australia at a prohibitive cost that only the largest corporations could afford.

Thanks to NBN Co’s new initiative, cost-effective enterprise ethernet is now available to any enterprise requiring the speed and reliability of a super-fast fibre optic connection. This initiative is a new wholesale product called nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet. It offers business customers access to a network operating at symmetrical speeds, capable of reaching close to 1Gbps. Eligible businesses can even access a $0 fibre install** when they sign up to a 36-month nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet service.

(Check your eligibility now for nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet $0 fibre install)

As a point-to-point fibre connection backed by a service level agreement, nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet is designed to meet the needs of businesses with high bandwidth requirements.

It’s also designed to meet international compatibility standards which allows for a seamless integration of networks between offices located around the world.

The future of enterprise ethernet

nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet is the ideal choice for powering cloud services, IP phone systems, video, audio and other end-user services. Plus, if your business is already on a fixed-line nbn™ service, upgrading to nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet with Wideband is an excellent way to future-proof your organisation.

NBN Co says support for the service will be provided by a dedicated team who understands Australian business. NBN Co have also planned further expansion and enhancements of the speed and features for the near future.

Aussie Broadband offers nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet at a great value rate and with a great range of features including installation to your door within 30 days (with SLA), access to ultrafast plans, 3-class service traffic prioritisation, 24/7 Australian-based expert support, and a 99.95% uptime guarantee.

Contact us for a free consultation to discuss
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* Terms and conditions apply. Actual throughput speeds may vary due to many factors including the performance of network equipment not operated by Aussie Broadband.

**$0 fibre upgrade subject to a site qualification check and only available on a 36-month contract.


About the author

Aaron O'Keeffe

Aaron works from an office in the tropical Northern Territory, inciting intense jealousy from his Victorian workmates during winter. He’s an expert in IT solutions from the ground up. Aaron is National Sales Manager of Aussie Broadband, which specialises in bespoke telco solutions for corporate and government customers.