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  1. Commercial Building Real Estate: Driving Profitability with Fiber Optic Networks

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    On August 14, we are hosting a lunch and learn session for commercial building owners and decision makers. While the commercial real estate markets heat up through the summer months, it is a timely opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of our fiber optic network solutions. In this blog, we aim to show commercial building owners and managers how fiber-based networks can help them accomplish two key goals: attract tenants and improve the overall efficiency of their buildings’ operations.

    From a telecom perspective, fiber stands a cut above competing connectivity options like DSL, copper-coax and wireless technologies. Essentially, fiber offers its end-users higher bandwidth, faster internet speeds, greater cloud access, better signal strength and greater security. Because it is less vulnerable to cyberattacks and allows for extremely fast downloads/uploads of huge files, it is perfect for the growing number of companies using cloud services (CRM, Amazon, Office 365) for daily business operations. It should come as no surprise then that a growing number of modern enterprises are looking for office space that comes with available fiber optic-based internet.

    From a real estate perspective, there is a clear financial benefit to investing in fiber optic networks for your property. In fact, because the signal strength of fiber can last at least 40 years, you can future proof your buildings for new, data-intensive technologies and business applications. Just consider the following list of already-popular technological developments which businesses from credit unions to retail chains are eager to leverage:

    • Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G Utilization
    • Mobile Computing
    • Data Mining/Business Analytics
    • Cloud-Based Applications
    • HD Video
    • Edge Computing

    All these are data intensive and require the high capacity, high speeds and complete reliability that only fiber can provide.

    Even if you’re not already convinced to add fiber as an option for your tenants , let’s think about fiber networks from a building management/operations perspective. With fiber networks, building managers finally have an opportunity to make their buildings ‘smart’. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), you can install a variety of network-connected sensors, elevators, thermostats, smoke alarms and other devices to provide real-time data to facility managers in charge of monitoring performance and addressing issues. Automation, in other words, can help you reduce spending on utilities and equipment, freeing up resources to attract tenants.

    Ready to add fiber optic connectivity to your commercial property’s portfolio? At DQE, we have a wide variety of customizable fiber-based network solutions that can meet your specific requirements. When you are looking to attract tenants and keep operational costs low, partnering with DQE can provide measurable benefits for your real estate endeavours. Here’s a short list of some of our most popular offerings, utilized by some of DQE’s already-connected buildings:

    Find out more about these and what DQE can do for you today! Download our data sheet or contact us with your questions.

  2. Fiber Optic Internet: A Big Benefit for Small Businesses

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    When small businesses are choosing an Internet Provider, there are many things to consider. How do you choose a trustworthy vendor? Does the vendor own their own network? Is the bandwidth dedicated to my business or shared with others? Is a fiber optic infrastructure the best for my business?

    The benefits of fiber optic vs. copper cable are extensive, but the qualities and capabilities often overwhelm or can seem unnecessary for small business decision makers. However, companies with the need for Internet to complete day-to-day office tasks, medical offices, retail and restaurant establishments, actually have the same core needs as large corporations. Speed, reliability, scalability and security are valid for every business of every size and industry. Fiber optic Internet services provide these core elements, and small businesses benefit greatly from fiber optic Internet solutions over copper cable services.

    • Speed: A slow Internet connection creates diminished productivity, poor employee morale and lost profits. A Sandisk survey revealed that these costly delays equate to one week per year per employee waiting on the company’s network to respond. When reviewing Internet solutions, it’s important to understand that Internet speed is often referred to by download speed, unless otherwise indicated, and upload speed could be much slower. However, service providers offering fiber optic infrastructure have the ability to offer symmetric speed to ensure upload and download speeds and can handle the demands of multitasking simultaneously.
    • Reliability: Fiber optic cable is resilient, strong and more reliable than copper cable and is more resistant to the corrosive elements that attack copper. While fiber optic cable is glass at the core, the surrounding engineering provides protection against moisture, dirt and other environmental factors. Small businesses depend on Internet for reaching patient files, point-of-sale systems, and more. This makes reliability of the highest importance.
    • Security: We already know that cyber security is more than buzzwords, with DDoS attacks being reported more often than ever before. This concern may not be top of mind for small business owners, as the assumption is that breaches are reserved for large organizations, such as government entities or school districts. However, according to a recent CISCO report, 53% of responders to a recent survey of 1,800 businesses indicated they experienced a cyber-attack, proving that businesses of every size and industry are susceptible. The majority of cyber-attacks cost small businesses an average of $500,000 in lost revenue, customers, and commercial opportunities and out of pocket expenses.
    • Scalability: An enormous advantage of fiber. The overall unlimited bandwidth potential, and the opportunity to be flexible as a company grows and changes is not a feat easily executed with copper cable based infrastructure.

    Many businesses have reported that utilizing a fiber optic connection produces a higher ROI than a copper cable connection. A 100% fiber optic based network has proven to be the best solution when it comes to Internet connectivity, improving overall activity and performance. DQE Communications has four tiers of 100% fiber optic Internet Service, providing businesses the speed, reliability, security and scalability required to successfully run your office, no matter the size or industry.

    References: ECMag & Wired