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Range of Technologies

ICONO6Centrecom is a network and technology neutral provider, who will match the right service and technology for your business needs. We offer the full range of internet connectivity, broadband and managed data services

Types of Broadband Technologies Available

 

DSL 
Digital subscriber line is a technology that provides internet access by transmitting digital data over local telephone networks. Centrecom has established its own DSL network that has been customised for use by our select customers. (small enterprise, redundancy, mobile workforce e.g. home-users).
Pros: Most widely available type of broadband in Ireland (approx 60% of all broadband connections); upgrading of exchanges means that speeds have increased and NGN (next generation networks) or uncongested DSL broadband is becoming more widely available. Cons: DDSL technology is a service adaptive which vary based on the quality of the phone line from Exchange to your house. The further you are located from the local DSL/telephone exchange the less functional your DSL broadband. Over 5kms, and your broadband won’t work at all. Also, DSL broadband relies on the quality of the copper phones lines on the road, and the quality of the phone wiring in your house to work properly – in many older houses and older districts, the copper lines have degraded due to age and may not provide quality DSL broadband, even if you are well within 5kms of the exchange. It is also asymmetrical – meaning that the download speed is always a lot higher than the upload speed.

 

Cable Broadband or DOCSIS 
Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification permits high-speed data transfer over existing cable TV network. It is employed in Ireland by operators to provide Internet access using existing hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) infrastructure. Centrecom has partnered with UPC to deliver business grade data services to our clients at a cost efficient price. (small to medium enterprise)
Pros: Cable broadband generally delivers good speeds and good reliability. Cons: Limited in availability to where cable TV is available (and not all cable TV customers or locations can also get cable broadband). It is also an asynchronous technology.

 

Fixed Wireless 
Fixed wireless data links are a cost-effective alternative to leasing fiber or installing cables between the buildings. This connection type provides Centrecom customers with symmetric high speed data links in remote and urban areas at a compatible price. (all sizes of enterprise- Multi-site, industrial depot(s), redundancy, mobile work force (home-user, events).
Pros: Do not require a phone line; offer coverage in many areas not serviced by DSL and cable; offer symmetrical options and high speeds; often good value for money. Cons: Require an antenna to be fitted to your roof or chimney); require line-of-sight to local high mast; is prone to be more affected by severe weather; support and SLA’s can be a challenge for some business clients.

 

Fibre Power 
Fiber-optic communications, permits transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths (data rates) than other forms of communication. Centrecom works with all major fibre network providers to match the best price and service for our clients. Our intimate knowledge of the fibre networks in Ireland gives us the advantage when procuring data connections.
Pros: Limitless capacity highest speeds, least congestion, greatest resilience. Cons: Price and Availability. Connections to fibre optic networks are the most expensive data connection and often getting the right network to your business premise is fraught with complications.

 

Mobile 
4G- Centrecom partners with all major mobile 3G and 4G providers offering the complete range to our clients to get coverage just about anywhere in Ireland and the Unitied Kingdom. Our neutrality ensures that the partnership between provider and client maximises the speed and service a client can get in a given area.
Pros: Very handy for commuters and mobile workers; good coverage across the country (though coverage does vary from mobile network to mobile network) Cons: Speeds vary depending on location and number of users connected to local mobile “cell”; has data limits, which means you may incur extra charges if you exceed your monthly allowance; can be very expensive if roaming abroad

 

Wi-Max 
Wi-Max is a wireless broadband technology that seeks to bridge the gap between fixed wireless and mobile broadband. It doesn’t require line-of-sight like fixed wireless and offers potentially higher speeds than mobile broadband. The technology connects and premises to a local wireless transmitter via a broadcasting modem located at the customer premises. Wi-Max is primarily associated with Imagine telecom in Ireland.
Pros: Do not require a phone line or antenna to be connected. Cons: Limited coverage and reliability; not really suitable for business use.

 

Satellite Broadband 
As the name suggests, this broadband connects you to the internet via a satellite dish connected to a network or low-orbit satellite. While up to recently, satellite broadband tended to be slow and expensive, the newest generation of broadband satellites have increased speed and lowered cost considerably.
Pros: Is available from anywhere that allows a satellite dish; prices have come down and speeds have increased. Cons: The technology has higher “latency” than other types of broadband, meaning that for some business applications, it may not be suitable.

 

Data Network Technology

 

Broadband Routers 
Routers are required to decode the broadband signal from the broadband network you are connected to. Routers normally have 4 ports in the back to connect up to 4 devises using Ethernet cables, and sometime also has a USB port in more expensive models. Most routers are now Wi-Fi enabled so that you can also connect to the router (and therefore the internet” with a WiFi device.

 

VPN 
Virtual Private Network uses the internet to connect satellite locations or remote workers to centralized company systems in a secure way. Most common applications are email and access to central company network drives.

 

MPLS 
Multiprotocol Label Switching is a system used to connect data from various different networks and technologies using data packet labelling as an efficient routing mechanism. In an MPLS network, “nodes” are connected to each other via a centralise management controller to optimise data between the nodes. Due it’s scalability and security features, MPLS is used for many multi-location private data networks that need to route data between central systems and connected locations. Retailing and multi-national companies make good use of MPLS as a cost effectively alternative to private leased lines between locations.

 

Cloud Services

 

Cloud Computing 
Cloud computing is all the rage. As a metaphor for the Internet, "the cloud" is a familiar cliché, but when combined with "computing," the meaning gets much bigger! At Centrecom we define cloud computing basically virtual servers available over the Internet.Our approach to Cloud computing is simple! Its a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Centrecom offers a new breed of Cloud Computing that offers exceptional data protection that meets the needs of your businesses because it is simple to deploy, safe and cost effective.
Our take:   Cloud services is basically software that runs on servers in data centres as opposed to on your own server or PC, and which is sold on a subscription basis rather than as a hardware and software-licence purchase. The most common forms of cloud services for business are CRM (eg SalesForce), email services and online-back-ups. Great advantage in terms of financing (no upfront hardware cost), reliability (no maintenance of hardware), automatic upgrades to latest version of the product, accessibility (can be accessed anywhere you have internet connection). Security is a much debated point as access to services are password protected (which can be breached) while at the same time, no data is stored on any laptop, which provides protection is that hard is lost or stolen. Currently, we see immediately potential for cloud services in email, VOIP phone systems, CRM, and online data-backups. A good internet connection is a pre-requisite for all cloud services. As time goes on, we think more and more business services will move to the cloud.
Consumer:  Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, etc are all common cloud based applications.

 

IP Telephony

 

VOIP 
Voice over IP is a technology that allows phone calls to be made over a data network like the internet instead of over a dedicated voice network like the tradition telephone network. It is an open protocol and when connected to the internet can deliver good quality free communications (eg Skype and similar VoiP services). VOIP can also be sued to call non-VOIP telephone numbers and this VOIP-to-non-VOIP network’s, which is becoming increasing popular. VOIP offers great opportunities for business to save costs – especially on intra-company calls and on international calls. VOIP is increasingly being combined with open-source PBX technology to provide full functionality in terms of phone systems with IVR, call waiting, call pick-up, call divert, voicemails, etc available – for a fraction of the cost of “traditional” phone systems. As a cloud-based services, VOIP relies on good internet or data connections, which can be enhanced by prioritizing voice packages over data packages in the client’s network.
Centrecom has been developing select tried and tested partnersships with Ireland’s leading VOIP providers to deliver the most reliable and cost effective solution for our customers. VOIP works even better with Centrecom because we aren’t tied to any particular network allowing us to pair the right Voice provider with the right connection.