Pointers for Choosing a Reliable Internet Service Provider for Your Business
The performance of the Internet at your business can greatly affect productivity, and these days, the Internet is a key component of any business.Poor internet performance shapes vital services, including cloud storage, cloud email and virtual cloud hosting.Picking the right Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a must, and so is looking at your business’s needs and budget before making your final decision.To start you off, below are some helpful considerations:
Your most important concern is the download speed, unless you’re keen on doing much gaming, video conferencing and streaming.Upload and download speeds depend on the plan you pick.The larger your business and the more users you have, the faster your line speed must be.
Contention ration is actually a word for sharing or to compete for something.It is simply the maximum number of people you need to share your connection with.If you have 50 people downloading simultaneously, your download speeds will be reduced.Definitely, you’ll want to go with the best contention ratio in the area.
Data Maximum Limits
Certain ISPs apply a monthly “cap” on the amount of data you will be able to download.Actually, majority of ISPs do, so you do need to ask, and if they do, know the difference between a hard cap and a soft cap.You can, for instance, subscribe to an “uncapped” service which actually has a cap of 200Gb’s, then you may experience a bottleneck in connectivity as that limit is reached, but this still depends on what package you’ve chosen.
Fair Usage Policy (FU
A Fair Usage Policy is created to stop users from exploiting bandwidth in a specific area.We all fight for bandwidth (Contention Ratio) so ISPs have created a policy that targets those connections, using high bandwidth and compromising the overall Internet performance for all those who sharing the same infrastructure, and implement restrictions on that particular line.
Customer Service Level, Availability and Quality
Ask regarding the level of service offered, customer service hours and response time.
There are providers that make you pay a monthly rent to use their router, while other companies will provide it as part of their service package. This is usually a hidden cost, be sure to ask.
Price per Mbps
Divide the ISP’s advertised line speed by cost. That’s going to be your cost per Mbps, and you can consider that when you finally decide on an ISP.
When you talk about high-speed Internet, many providers will promise you the world but provide something totally different. Always do your homework, and never ever decide on price alone.
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