The Small Business Owners Guide to Broadband

The Small Business Owners Guide to Broadband

If you run a business you will understand that arguably, the most important requirement to keep “business as usual” is a fast and reliable internet connection. The last thing you want, or need, is staff complaining that their internet connection is slow, which in turn will decrease productivity.

Just imagine if your employees were unable to send and receive emails quickly, they couldn’t browse the internet to find important contact details, undertake required research or carry out simple work tasks that require a connection (…almost everything, right?)

It would be a catastrophe. Without good broadband for your business, you might as well turn off all of the computers and light the candlesticks now.

One way to avoid this issue is to simply determine what your business’ bandwidth needs are. Ensuring that your business possesses a fast and reliable internet connection means that your business can continue to function and grow. Therefore, you should start investigating now. What do you need?

At Wi-Manx, we understand how important it is to have a reliable connection – we take the time to understand our clients needs to ensure that you get the most out of your broadband. We have created a simple guide that will aid business owners in determining what it is that you really need, therefore preventing running into issues further down the line.

 

Understanding the Terminology

Familiarising yourself with the terminology is the first step in ensuring that you make the correct decision when shopping for broadband for your business.

Mbps (megabits per second)

Megabits are similar too, but not the same as megabytes. It is a type of metrics that measures the capacity and speed of data transfer. It would take an estimated eight seconds to transfer a 1MB file using a 1Mbps internet speed.

Gbps (gigabits per second)

1Gbps is equivalent to 1000Mbps.

Download and Upload Speeds

When shopping for business broadband, you will keep seeing the terms “download speed” and “upload speed”. Most connections are designed to download much faster than they upload. This is because the majority of the activity that occurs in online is downloading; loading web pages, streaming videos and downloading large numbers of files.

Having fast upload speeds with your internet connection will usually come at a higher price. Upload speed is the speed that your computer can send or transfer information to the internet.  For example, when you upload pictures to a website.

For businesses which have a lot of remote users, utilise cloud applications and VoIP technology, a good upload speed is essential. Wi-Manx can offer your business broadband download speeds of up to 1000Mbps and upload speeds of up to 200Mbps.

Bandwidth

Another word we commonly use is bandwidth. To put it simply, the more bandwidth that your connection has, the larger the amount of data that can move through it at one time. Importantly, this means much faster downloading and uploading.

No matter the size of your business, a high quality internet connection is essential. Our dedicated internet access solutions guarantee your business uninterrupted, high-speed connectivity as you will receive specific bandwidth.

 

Working Out What Speed You Need

Now it is time to estimate what speed your business needs, and this estimation should take in lots of factors. The two most important questions to consider are; how many internet users are there in your organisation? And, what are they using the internet for?

If you have a small number of people using the internet to browse websites and use email, you will likely be able to get away with lower speeds. However, a large team who send large files, participate in audio and video conferences, use cloud-based applications or use VoIP technology will mean that your business requires a more powerful connection.

If this still seems overwhelming, don’t worry. Below we have put together a list of questions you should consider when determining what internet speed is best suited to your business.

  • Will you be required to scale your internet speed or bandwidth? (e.g. peak times or seasonal busy periods)
  • Do your employees often use video and audio conferencing, or use cloud-based applications?
  • Do you need a service that offers unlimited usage?
  • Do your employees use smartphones, tablets or other devices that require an internet connection?
  • Do any of your employees work from phone? (Remote connections consume a lot of bandwidth)

 

Wi-Manx have a range of business broadband solutions on offer, that are guaranteed to suit your business requirements. Get in touch today on 663333 or email us on business@wimanx.com for more information about our business broadband solutions.