The Internet Speed Your Business Needs in 2021
The need for internet speed is greater now more than ever before. Businesses are making changes to keep up as their customers, employees, and business processes are challenged in new ways:
- More people are working remotely — either full or part-time.
- More client meetings are happening remotely.
- More cloud software is being deployed that requires a strong connection to the internet to operate effectively.
The cloud is taking over, and more and more bandwidth is required. The need is going to continue to increase as more business functions move to the cloud. If your business relies on the internet to conduct business (I mean, which business in Nigeria doesn’t need the internet nowadays?), you can’t afford slow service.
Let’s talk about what good business internet speeds should look like moving forward.
Business Internet Speeds
Due to the shakeup of workforces and office usage, business internet needs are in flux. Cloud services and video conferencing are straining many businesses’ internet services.
Companies need faster connections to maintain the perception of professionalism as they engage clients around the world. Slow internet is now perceived as a sign of an unprepared company. And many internet providers are notorious for their slow upload speeds.
To avoid that moniker, here’s what you need to know about internet speeds in 2021.
Speed vs. Bandwidth
Your connection to the internet and how fast depends largely on two factors — speed and bandwidth.
Bandwidth on the other hand refers to the amount of data that can be moved per second.
Speed measures how fast data moves within your bandwidth.
How Do You Use the Internet?
The way you and your team are using the internet will be a huge factor in calculating what your desired speed and bandwidth will need to be.
Your video needs are probably higher now than ever before. Many employees are meeting with each other and with clients over the internet. They’re attending virtual meetings and conferences. They’re either watching online training or posting digital content. The list could go on, but the important thing to note is that when all this video consumption is happening at the same time, it’s taxing on your bandwidth.
More companies are also switching to cloud-based software that allows more of your files and data to be accessed or worked with off-site.
This could include software that runs entirely in the cloud, such as project management, enterprise resource planning, or customer relationship management systems. But it also includes data storage options like Dropbox, Google Drive, virtual shared drives, and many others.
You and your team are relying on the internet more than ever before — but you also have more people using it at one time as well. When more people in your company are trying to access information online simultaneously, your data highway gets crowded and speeds might slow down.
You might experience “data rush hours” when everyone is online at the same time as well. For example, if your product team is responsible for uploading product photos every day at 4 pm, that would cause your speeds to slow down.
Do You Need a Dedicated Internet?
Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) is a fantastic form of internet access. With this plan, your business is the only subscriber receiving a specific amount of bandwidth. The bandwidth is for your use only. Your access is not oversubscribed and doesn’t have a guaranteed limit. Performance is consistent and has minimums and uptime. Download and upload speeds are usually the same.
What’s Speed does Your Business Need?
Generally speaking, each user should maintain speeds of around 90 Mbps for business Internet connectivity. When you factor in everything above, you may realize you need to pay for greater speeds in order for your team members to achieve this number. Thankfully, FiberOne Broadband offers SME plans up to 98 Mbps, guaranteeing you and your business the required.
Get the Service that Meets Your Internet Demands
Choosing between the type of internet depends on your needs and costs, your company’s size, and your internet use. This information can help you make the best decision for your company.
If you’re a smaller organization with standard internet needs and a small amount of cloud and large file transfers — you will likely need a shared plan. But if you are a larger company with more large files transferred and heavy internet needs, a dedicated service maybe be the best choice for you.
If you want to find out what package is best suited for your business, reach out to us and we would send our team of experts to ascertain your usage needs, and we can tell you exactly how much speed and bandwidth you will need and what kind of connection your business can use to power your business through a new decade of information. Get a quote today.