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5 ways to build faster and better connectivity

Connectivity has changed so many aspects of our daily lives. It’s created new ways to communicate and socialise, new business models and industries and more efficient ways for businesses and employees to operate.

Connectivity has also changed the way in which public services, healthcare and education are provided and shared. 

Now, more than ever, connectivity is the key. Not only to grow and compete in a global environment, and to reach new customers and markets online, but also to support communities, citizens and public services work more efficiently as budgets get tighter.  

People expect greater speed and bandwidth everywhere, to download data in seconds, easily access documents on the move, or to deliver emergency services. Accessible, guaranteed and affordable connectivity is an essential part of life. However, with this increased demand, it’s no wonder that whether we are at work, at home or on the move, we now expect a network that brings everything together; that is fast, robust and reliable, available 24/7, from even the most remote location. 

How to get started

Whatever your business challenges, a reliable and resilient network means you have an enabling platform that supports your key transformational programmes allowing your teams to work together efficiently, effectively and remotely. So where do you start? 

Understand your connectivity requirements

Look at your existing infrastructure and identify changes to meet future infrastructure requirements. Consider your bandwidth needs to support your organisation and look at all the sites and locations that need to be covered to build the underlying IT strategy to support your connectivity requirements. You also need to understand your traffic patterns and workloads as you adopt a cloud-centric infrastructure and where your clients are in relation to their data. 

Carrier-agnostic networks

Build out your network with a carrier-agnostic approach to gain greater coverage, network diversity and high-availability solutions to create a secure, yet nimble network with almost 100% uptime. Think about evolving technologies in the Networking space; software-defined networking can bring benefits such as agility and choice when it comes to designing the network. 

Local full fibre networks

Go full fibre. Local full fibre networks deliver reliable, scalable and robust network connectivity for authorities, businesses and citizens. With minimum speeds of 1Gbps, the service can expand to support 40Gbps services and beyond. With local full fibre networks, you can expect higher levels of performance, a highly secure network and superfast speeds. 

End-to-end security

Hackers are sophisticated – and hungry. As your business grows, so does the threat landscape.  You need to ensure you are protecting all of your assets wherever they may reside; across endpoint, network and cloud.   Look to deploy an end-to-end security service that includes products at multiple layers from the access network, through the core and out to the perimeter, to ensure your data is protected and your online presence and services remain available to legitimate users.  

Compliance

In order to deploy secure and cost-effective next generation public services, compliance and governance issues must be identified and addressed. Look for a network provider who is accredited to provide a fully managed service to support your connectivity plans and who holds a set of foundation certifications including PSN, HSCN, CAS(T) Security and ISO/IEC. 

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This article was first published by Public Sector Focus.

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Dominic Birch

Solution director, Capita IT and Networks

Dominic has led and secured public sector WAN deals throughout the UK in a career spanning over 20 years. He has a background in IT outsourcing covering networking, voice, and security platforms. He is driven by success and providing transformational savings to local authorities.

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