Choose The Best Business Internet Plan

How To Determine How Much Bandwidth A Business Needs

Whether your small business is new, established, or somewhere in between, your Internet service is your economic lifeblood. The speed, performance, and reliability of your Internet connection have a huge influence on your business productivity, your customer experience, how well your teams collaborate, and how fast you get things done — from downloading multimedia files to hosting video conferences. 

Here are three questions to think through when determining how much bandwidth your business needs:

1. What file types are important for your small business?

If you deal with databases, graphic images, email attachments, video, or any of the above, you’re using lots of bandwidth. It means business is getting done. But it also means you should pay attention to speed. Sluggish download and upload speeds reduce productivity and create frustration. And every second you wait for the network slows down your business. If you’re dealing with complex, large file formats, a faster network means all the difference.

2. What are your go-to business apps?

  •  Powerful cloud applications that handle everything from customer relationship management to accounting to critical data backup.
  • Video conferencing that unites work teams in real time and in high resolution to facilitate interaction and collaboration.
  • E-commerce solutions that allow for friction-free orders, sales, and revenue growth.
  • The Internet of Things — Smart devices like mobile point-of-sale systems and energy management gadgets that afford convenience and revolutionizing the way you work.

The bottom line: These business applications and lots of others require some serious bandwidth — especially when multiple people are using multiple programs at the same time. Make sure your business Internet service is up to the task.

3. How many devices are your teams using?

The more people and devices that depend on your network, the more speed and capacity you need. Whether employees, partners or customers are connecting by PC, laptop, smartphones, tablets or business applications such as point-of-sale terminals, it’s critical that you have enough bandwidth to handle multiple users and tasks at the same time. 

Ultimately, the business Internet speed you need depends on an interplay of all these factors: devices, teams, applications, and data. But no matter what your business is about, you need fast data speeds to make it all possible. 

Put us to work

Spectrum Business understands the importance of high-capacity, reliable networking for growing businesses. That’s why our plans start at 300 Mbps and go up to Spectrum Business Internet Gig. Whatever you choose, we’ll make sure you have the bandwidth you need to keep up with the demands of your growing small business.

Let a Spectrum Business advisor help guide you to the best decision for your small business and your budget. Contact us today. We’ll make it easier than ever to get up to speed. 

Why Your Business Needs Faster Internet Speed

Having the right Internet speeds gives your business an edge over the competition. Faster speeds also means less frustration for your employees, increased productivity, and a stronger connection for your customers.  

Best of all, as businesses like yours use more devices, work from more remote locations, and embrace the power of cloud computing, a faster Internet becomes an enabling mechanism for business growth. Here’s why you need high-speed business Internet:

  • Customer-facing applications perform in real time, enabling fast, friction-free transactions. That means more orders for your small business.
  • File sharing happens in a snap, so employees get more work done in less time.
  • Video conferencing works as it was supposed to, allowing meetings to run more smoothly and collaboration to improve.
  • Work-from-home becomes a reality. As commute times fall, productivity rises.
  • Payments get processed faster. And that means more money in the bank.
  • Customers love your Wi-Fi, which results in an improved customer experience.
  • Your cloud apps respond instantly. Harnessing the power of remote computing correlates to lower costs for equipment, upgrades, and maintenance.

Supercharge your productivity

Faster Internet literally translates to more productive time in the workday. These comparisons prove it:

How much Internet speed does my business need?

Choosing the right Internet speed for your small business depends on how your teams connect. Below are some examples of how download times are impacted by the speed of your Internet and the types of files you’re working with. 

Give your business a boost

A Spectrum Business advisor can help you find proven ways to work smarter with the help of fast Internet connectivity. Call us today and redefine the boundaries of productivity. 

Fiber vs. Cable: What are the differences and how does it impact your business?

Today, business happens fast. That’s why the gold standard for business Internet relies on state-of-the-art fiber optic and high-capacity coaxial cables, or what is commonly referred to as “cable.” Today, faster business Internet comes in these two variations:

Hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks

Who is HFC ideal for?

HFC uses a combination of fiber optic lines and coaxial cables to provide an ideal blend of speed, performance, and affordability for small and medium-sized businesses that want to do more, faster, at a more affordable price.

What speeds can HFC deliver?

Delivering speeds nearing a Gig of up to 1 Gbps, the pairing of fiber optics with high-capacity coaxial cable is perfect for growing businesses. HFC technology is built on a future-proof technology foundation that means you’ll never outgrow your network.  

Dedicated fiber

Who is fiber ideal for?

Fiber is perfect for larger businesses and enterprises with far-reaching data requirements. Nothing beats a direct optical fiber connection for speed and guaranteed performance. While it may require a bigger investment, it’s ideal for large, multi-site enterprises and organizations.

What speeds can fiber deliver?

Businesses can take advantage of fiber circuits that provide symmetrical speeds of up to 10 Gbps. And the ability to reserve your own dedicated bandwidth means a business can count on guaranteed speeds and performance benchmarks 24/7.

These modernized business Internet services represent a huge leap forward from dated DSL and T1 lines. Watch this and see why. 

The bottom line: When it’s time for a better, faster, more reliable Internet service, make sure you take advantage of the state of the art in business bandwidth.

Get the right connection for your business

A Spectrum Business advisor can help your business move up to a better, faster Internet. Call us today to get started.