QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Does our Michigan business really need high-speed internet?
Yes, speed is critically important for several reasons. Chiefly, lack of speed through your internet connection can hinder your productivity and result in lost opportunities. A quick look around your operation will identify some potential causes. A greater number of company devices linked to your internet are probably straining bandwidth. Plus, it’s likely that more employees are linking their own smartphone and tablets to the connection.
More specifically, here are five reasons why a high-speed internet connection is important to your operation.
- The growth in visual email, larger websites and video streaming
Once largely text, today’s email has become much more visual. Logos, photos and graphics are now part of almost all messages — and images require far more bandwidth than words. Websites have also grown far more sophisticated. They’re packed with videos, high-resolution logos and photos — all of which need more bandwidth for viewing to avoid long loading times. Another huge drain on bandwidth? Video streaming. When more than a few employees click on an online course, instructional video or even YouTube, bandwidth disappears in a hurry.
- The advent of cloud services
Subscribers to cloud resources require a consistently fast internet connection. Without it, user struggles to stay focused and remain productive. The greater the response time from a hosted CRM (Customer Relationship Management) program or other external resource, the more likely your team will lose focus and waste time. This is key! Applications hosted by cloud providers have multiplied a hundredfold in recent years. To remain productive, businesses and organizations need to maintain fast response times with high-speed internet.
- The rise in video conferencing
Everyone appreciates video conferencing as a means by which to lower costs and boost productivity. Travel time, expenses and unproductive hours are minimized. But, video conferencing is video streaming. And, as mentioned above, streaming video demands plenty of internet bandwidth of the type only a high-speed connection consistently delivers.
- The adoption of VoIP
As newer, more cost-efficient phones replace antiquated landline types, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has become dominant. But as attractive as they are, they need bandwidth and lots of it. Each VoIP conversation takes about 100k of bandwidth per second. If your business has but a few employees, this might not be a challenge. But, put a dozen or so workers on a VoIP phone at one time and it’s likely you’ve maxed out your upstream speeds. You need a high-speed internet connection. But better yet, you need one with symmetrical bandwidth. With it, your upstream and downstream speeds will be the same.
- The need to protect valuable files
Backing up data offsite ensures disaster recovery planning and simplifies business continuity. But, if you’re like most businesses, the amount of data you require for backup is ever growing. Slow internet connections cause a lot of headaches, even if you plan the backup to run after hours. In contrast, a high-speed internet connection makes full backups possible. You’ll protect critical data. What’s more, your operations can continue even in the event of a data loss due to equipment failure, theft or disaster.