In the UK the first thing we usually need to got on top of when starting a new restaurant opening project is the telecoms. BT Openreach have an almost complete monopoly of the telephony infrastructure in the UK. Their install lead times are one thing that you cannot shorten. As a rule of thumb, you need a minimum of five weeks for analogue line installations. ADSL circuits can often take another week to go live. Consequently, this is normally the first thing to arrange and get moving when starting on a new project. This lead time can extend even further if you opt for a Leased Line connection.
As part of this process, we need to work out what Internet Provision is the most appropriate for the business. For most modest sized restaurants, bars and coffee shops VDSL, often called Fibre Broadband, is usually the best fit. That is because this is a good balance of speed and cost. Very Fast ADSL (VDSL) usually gives pretty good Internet speeds for little more than the cost of a standard ADSL circuit. The downside of this type of circuit for many of my customers is that is not available everywhere. Specifically it is often not available in central London. This leaves us the difficult choice of running on two separate ADSL circuits or going with a Leased Line, Ethernet connection.