Sep 14, 2022
Many companies use the internet to conduct essential activities and operations such as communicating internally and externally using Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and transferring vital business documents by email or by file sharing services. A reliable and fast internet connection is a must in the modern business world.
Understanding broadband speeds
Broadband speed or bandwidth used to be one of the most important things to consider when choosing a broadband package for your business. Broadband speeds are measured in Megabits per second (Mbps) or increasingly Gigabits per second (Gbps).Dial up internet access maxed out at 56Kbps (58,000 bits per second), less than 1Mbps (1,000,000 bits per second). 1 Gigabit per second is 1000Mbps (1,000,000,000 bits per second). 10Gbps is 10,000,000,000 bits per second.
Copper-based services simply can’t compete. There have been headlines showcasing remarkable achievements with copper wires – G:Fast for example wanders into the Gigabit speed territory, but over such a short distance of copper wire it simply isn’t a practical option in a national network.So if you need internet access for your business, and your employees, then full fibre optic broadband is the most cost effective choice you can make.
What are your current speeds?
You can easily check your current internet speeds by running a broadband speed test. For example, speedtest.net is a free service that measures your download, upload and ping times.
The test only takes a couple of minutes to complete, and you will receive information on your connection's upload and download speeds in Mbps.
Key considerations when choosing internet speeds
Legacy copper-based service providers try to make business broadband complicated, and the “comparison” sites are still following their lead. For example, Business Comparison says the following:
By comparison, our partner ISP YouFibre offers businesses a much simpler and more affordable range of services:
Which kind of throws all that old copper complexity into the bin!