Internet connectivity has transformed how businesses sell their products and services. In particular, Business-specific broadband and/or fibre offers a number of distinct advantages, including prioritised flow of data, faster speeds to allow for easy upload and download and conference calls or streaming, more robust server security and failover options, and larger coverage in business districts.
But the improvement in broadband connection has also given rise to a number of new considerations for businesses looking for specific broadband and/or fibre broadband services that suit their needs.
- Package costs with a leased line
- Business router options
- Network and data security
- Stability of broadband speeds
- Scalability of speed as a business’s needs grow
- Static IP address or Dynamic IP address options
- IP-based telephony networks
- Technical support teams and availability
And, most recently, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are turning to the cloud for data storage, business software (such as Google Docs and Salesforce) and telephony services (IP telephony).
So, what's the best way to stay connected?
In simple terms, connecting your business to the Internet comes down to a choice between Broadband and Ethernet technologies.
Think of Broadband as the public motorway of data services, a great way of getting from A to B, but liable to clog up internet access at peak times.
Ethernet is your private toll motorway — more expensive but guaranteed to be faster and more reliable at all times.
It’s important for you to have a clear idea of how your business uses the internet within its daily activity depending on the time of day.
- How many people will be online and what do they need to do?
- How big are the incoming and outgoing files and how regularly are they being up- or downloaded?
- What would happen if your internet failed? What impact would this have on your business activities and productivity, and how can you mitigate against that happening?
- What is a sensible amount to pay each month, and how easy would it be to get faster speeds for more money, or reduce costs if needed?
- What other services, that can be layered on top of your internet, are available and how might your business benefit from them?
These are the types of questions we can help you answer. By understanding your needs and the demands of your business internet, Design Communications will help determine which is the right business broadband package for you.