Business Broadband: How To Choose The Best Provider

Posted by Nathan Hill-Haimes on 27-Apr-2018 09:23:36

In Advice Guide, business broadband

There are many reasons you may be considering looking for a new business broadband provider. Perhaps you are moving to new business premises? Maybe you are looking to save some money? Or, perhaps you are fed up with how slow and frustrating your current connection is?

No matter what applies, we have everything you need to know about choosing the perfect broadband provider and package for your business. Read on to discover everything you need to know.

The size of your business

The first thing you need to consider is how many people are going to be using your broadband connection. After all, the more people that are using the connection, the slower it is going to be for everyone. This is why the vast majority of businesses need to have broadband with rapid download speeds.

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Fibre optic broadband, especially, is an option to consider. There are so many benefits associated with fibre optic Internet. Not only will you experience the fastest speeds, but also other advantages include reliability, quicker and easier cloud access, improved bandwidth, better signal strength, and symmetric speed. You will also experience lower latency too.

Latency is a term that is used to describe the delays you may encounter when you are using an Internet connection to process data. The fact that there is lower latency can mean a number of different benefits for your business. This includes better collaboration between employees, as well as being to upload and download huge files without disruption, move more apps to the cloud, and enjoy better voice quality for VoIP users.

If you do not go for fibre optic broadband, the other option is standard ASDL broadband. This is only really suitable if you have a very small number of email users and you only utilise the Internet to browse websites and check emails, which is highly unlikely for businesses today.

If you have a larger business, or a business that is heavily reliant on the internet, you may want to invest in a service which has a higher monthly cost than broadband but better speed and reliability. If this is the case you should consider EFM, FTTP or a leased line.

Do you need a phone package?

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It is likely that you have a telephone system at your business, and you can save a lot of money by getting the same provider to provide and manage both your Internet connection and your telephone requirements. This is something that is worth considering and looking for when trying to find the best value broadband package for your company.

Providers in your area and your budget

Aside from the two factors that have been mentioned above, you also need to look at the providers in your area, as well as the budget you have available to you. Let’s deal with the former first.

Providers in your area

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Where your business is located will have a big impact on the providers that are available to you. Providers like BT have a massive footprint. But some of the lesser-known suppliers may not cover your area. You can easily use one of the postcode checkers that are available online to get a full list of the Internet providers in your company’s location. This will make sure you do not waste your time looking into the service of a company that does not operate in your area.

Establish your budget

Finally, you should establish a budget before you start searching. Simply looking for the cheapest package is not advised. If you do this, you are pretty much guaranteed to suffer from terrible speeds and poor quality. This will end up costing your business more overall because it will be impossible to operate to high levels of efficiency. This is why you need to carefully work out how much money you have available to spend on broadband, and you can then shop within this.

Don’t look for a low-cost offer; look for value for money! Moreover, read the terms and conditions of each deal to make sure there are no hidden expenses.

As you can see, there are many different factors to consider when looking for the best broadband package. If you follow the steps that have been presented above, you can give yourself the best chance of ending up with the right provider and package for your needs and budget.


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