How A Faster Upload Speed Can Boost Your Work-From-Home Productivity & Career Potential
It’s that elusive personal goal – boosting productivity. Every boss, company, and customer agrees it’s a key objective but it’s harder to pin down exactly what steps or tools we need to use to get us there. One thing’s for sure – with the economy as it is, a productivity boost would be more than welcome.
Hybrid working has become the ‘new normal’ and is increasingly dominating the office landscape. This raises the question of what tools will you need to support your productivity goals? Number 1 has to be a fast reliable broadband connection and one with symmetrical upload and download speeds. But what do you know about the benefits of upload speeds?
Home Working Has Changed the Game
First, a bit of background. After the last two years, home or hybrid working has become a critical part of our new normal, with around 60% of UK workers preferring a hybrid model to the old office focussed system. That means many people will be spending more or all of their working week within a home office in a new hybrid working landscape going forward. And while offices have traditionally been optimised for productivity, the home office being used at such a scale is a relatively new innovation.
The core fact is that a home office can only be as efficient as its broadband connection. With 67% of the UK’s homes still wired up and connected to old copper FTTC broadband – provided by the likes of BT, Sky, TalkTalk and EE – the chances are your home isn’t designed for productivity. In fact, the copper cables provided by the major providers cannot provide download speeds above 70mbps or upload speeds above 20-50mbps.
These speed deficiencies are the secret stranglehold on our national productivity. With any home office relying on its online connectivity, internet speeds are crucial to workplace success. But by and large, our home broadband just isn’t up to it. So let’s take a closer look at why you’ve been denied higher speeds and better productivity for so long.
Why Is FTTP Better Than FTTC?
Understanding how Air Broadband can supercharge your productivity is all about knowing Fibre-To-The-Property (FTTP) from Fibre-To-The-Cabinet (FTTC) broadband.
FTTC broadband is technically part fibre broadband that uses fibre optic cables to connect to the local exchange. However, this connection then relies on older copper wires to connect to your home. If that sounds like old technology fraught with problems, that’s because it is.
The disadvantage of splitting broadband transmission between fibre and copper delivery is that it can lead to slowdowns and even dropouts – especially during busy periods like weekends and evenings because copper can only carry a finite amount of data. Its bandwidth is extremely limited.
The other consideration is that you are sharing this limited bandwidth with everyone else on your street, leaving you with a limited share of data capacity available.
What Is Upload Speed, And Why Is It Important?
You might look at the packages offered by the big providers and ask yourself whether a 70mbps connection is good enough for your home internet. Will that connection be fast and reliable? Am I getting value for my hard-earned money?
In some cases 70mbps, or even 50mbps, could be good enough for your home if you only have a couple of devices connected with small bandwidth demands. But that number only refers to your download speed – the speed at which data is transferred from the internet to your own computer. In work place terms, that means how quickly you can access the internet and how quickly you can download files.
The big providers generally promise speeds of between 10mbps and 70mbps – after all, that’s really the limit FTTC of what infrastructure can provide. But again, this is only your download speed, and old copper connections simply can’t match their upload speed to their download . That’s why services that promise a 70mbps download speed usually offer a 10mbps upload speed alongside it.
And when it comes to working from home, upload speed is just as important as download speed. After all, it’s a two-way street as most home workers will be uploading files, sending emails, and connecting via video meetings too. If any of these things are slow or fail because of bad upload speeds, you’ll be wasting your time waiting around, resetting your router, or even losing focus out of frustration and generally portraying a less than professional appearance.
It’s not just office-based work that benefits from strong upload speeds either. To take just one example, farmers are increasingly using the internet to increase their productivity. From trading farm-related products on the internet to keeping careful track of their crop yield, irrigation and energy management through automated farming tools, farmers are able to use their broadband to ensure higher yields while reducing costs – pretty much the definition of a productivity boost.
According to data collected by the NFU in its 2020 annual member survey, 93% of farmers said that they felt that broadband was essential for their business. This requirement for a fast, reliable upload speed has only increased market demand.
In other words, the stronger the upload speed, the better your online experience will be – giving you back time to focus on your work rather than your connection. But if you want that strong upload speed, you just can’t get it on the traditional FTTC copper-based broadband services offered by BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk, Plusnet, Virgin, and others.
Only Air Full Fibre Optic-powered Broadband Can Give You The Upload Speed You Need To Unlock Your Productivity
All of this sounds good, right? Only a full fibre connection, like the type offered by Air Broadband, can provide the symmetrical upload speed that will allow you to unlock your productivity and stop wasting time with slow internet.
With Air Broadband’s full fibre now available in homes across the UK, offering symmetrical upload speeds across all its packages, home workers can enjoy an unparalleled productivity boost in their own home. No matter whether you live in the biggest city or the quaintest village, you’ll get equal access to great, fast broadband.
In the next article in our series, we’ve partnered with CitizenMe to survey internet speeds across the UK. We’re eager to level up the nation’s internet, but we can’t do the job unless we know the state of play across the UK. It’s time for a deep dive into the speed of Britain’s broadband.
In the meantime, if you want to give your home working productivity a boost with better upload speeds, or talk to us today.