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How Important Is Internet Service Speed To Small Business?

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If you want to be a viable business in the modern economy, you need to have the internet somewhere. From payment processing and research through simple research to web-based applications and heavy file downloads, the internet is just as important as electricity and water for most businesses. That said, you don't need to have the "fastest" internet package or the biggest data limit. To understand why such terms matter and how much they should matter to your business, here are a few network-based technology concerns to keep in mind.

What's The Speed Of Progress?

Every task on the internet has a specific speed. That speed is measured in different capacities such as kilobits per second (kbps), megabits per second (mbps) or gigabits per second (gbps), and different internet destinations use different amounts of speed. The amount of speed you have is called the bandwidth.

Visiting a website is usually the least bandwidth-intensive activity, but it's not a standard experience. Most of the old definition of broadband (above 1mbps) can handle browsing websites with just text and a few pictures made for journalism websites with no problem. The reason that cut-rate internet plans with the year 2000's speeds can't compete in business is because the web experience has changes.

More websites have built in videos and higher-resolution pictures. All of these are downloaded information, and the act of visiting a website in the year 2017 can be slow on even a 10mbps connection.

Thankfully, the average internet speed from most Internet Services Providers (ISP) is near or above 50mbps. Most web browsing for over 10 employees is fine at this speed. Your main concern is that if someone is trying to sell you half of that speed, you need to run--not walk--away as far as possible. It's not worth the trouble.

What Requires Higher Speeds

If the average speed is so high and can handle web browsing with no problem, why go higher? What makes the average worth reaching at all? There are a few tasks that require heavy internet connection use, and it usually means getting what you need faster.

Downloads are the most basic task to understand speed. The faster your connection, the shorter the download time. Small files eventually take seconds to download, and a difference in seconds doesn't matter to everyone. The problem is that with internet speed and computer performance increases, the size of files get bigger as people are able to pack in more details.

Does your company work on videos, or is watching videos a part of the work? Video streaming is actually downloading a video in chunks that can be watched as they arrive instead of waiting for everything to complete at once, and you still need an average speed connection if multiple employees are watching videos while some employees perform less strenuous duties.

Contact an elevate technology consultant to discuss not only the type of connection you need, but policies on proper internet use, ways to measure your business' use, and the equipment needed to truly take advantage of your connection's performance.


23 October 2017