As businesses become reliant on cloud technologies, robust internet access has never been more crucial for efficient remote and office working. With a range of options on the market, it can be difficult to know which connectivity option will provide the most value to your business.
With help from our team of Broadband Experts, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to get you started when choosing connectivity for your business:
What internet speeds does my business need?
Internet speed refers to how quickly you can upload or download data using your internet connection. Businesses typically download data more than they upload it, so it’s common for business broadband packages to provide a faster download speed in comparison to upload speed.
Examples of common business activities and approximate speed usage have been outlined below:
It’s important to consider your business’s current and future situation. The following questions can help you to gain an idea of how much bandwidth your staff require:
- How many users will be using the internet at any one time?
- Do you have any bandwidth hungry applications, like back-ups or CCTV?
- How many business-critical applications are internet-based?
- What is the support and response time if something goes wrong?
- What alternatives do we have if our internet connection is temporarily down?
Or our team of Broadband Experts can work through this with you and recommend the right solution.
What business broadband options are available?
Fast Broadband – ADSL2+
Upload speed: up to 1Mbps
Download speed: up to 24Mbps
Ideal for: Small offices and remote workers who need internet browsing and access to email.
Superfast Broadband – FTTC
Upload speed: up to 20Mbps
Download speed: up to 80Mbps
Ideal for: Superfast Broadband is suitable for businesses who have moderate internet usage and use cloud applications, such as IP telephony.
Ultrafast Broadband – FTTP & G.Fast
Upload speed: up to 20Mbps
Download speed: up to 300Mbps
Ideal for: SMEs with multiple users who use bandwidth heavy applications, IP telephony and video conferencing.
How long could your business survive without connectivity?
If you view your internet connection as mission critical, we’d recommend your own dedicated internet connection in the form of Ethernet Leased Lines. With speeds of up to 1GB the service offers the fastest and most resilient connectivity on the market today.
How long will it take to get my business broadband set up?
The average time it takes to install new internet connectivity is between 10-15 working days.
For Ethernet connections, installation times are slightly longer with an average of 57 working days.
It’s worth noting that site conditions and engineer availability can influence these times.
If you need a quick-fix solution, we’d recommend a Mobile Broadband solution.
Our team of broadband specialists will work with you to understand your usage, check availability and speeds at your premises and guide you through pricing and service levels. With this information, you can make an informed decision on the best connectivity to maximise business performance.