What is business broadband?
If your business relies on the internet, you need to make sure you have a broadband service that is not only dependable and trustworthy, but that also helps you get the most out of the worldwide web.
And that’s where broadband for business comes in. Many internet service providers (ISP) - specialist companies as well as home broadband suppliers - now offer exclusive packages that are specially tailored to business users.
It’s important to get the right deal, so here are some things you should consider before you make your choice.
You should probably look for a download speed of 2Mbps at the very minimum.
You might be more comfortable with 8Mbps, though your business could be best served with a speed in excess of 34Mbps, which is available with Superfast Fibre.
However, you should also consider upload speeds because your business might need to upload information online, perhaps onto a company website. Most business broadband providers use technology that allows for faster uploads through processes such as symmetric DSL and optical carrier lines, which can transfer data at speeds up to 600Mb.
Nearly every business broadband package on the market offers enhanced levels of security such as anti-virus and spyware protection. Also look for additional elements such as firewalls and the ability to back-up your data online.
If your home broadband connection goes down, it can be irritating, but if a business broadband connection goes down it can be devastating. So find out if the business broadband package offers a dedicated 24hr helpline or a guarantee to fix services within a set period of time.
Does the business broadband package allow for networking, when two or more computers share information and resources? If so, how many computers will it support and is there room for growth? It’s also worth finding out if wireless networking is available.
Static IP address
A static IP address allows you to enjoy remote access, pick up emails direct to your PC and more. Most broadband deals for businesses include at least one static IP address.
VoIP allows you to make calls over the internet as a cheaper alternative to a regular landline or mobile phone. VoIP is particularly useful for businesses with customers overseas as international calls are free to select countries.
As with any broadband deal you should pay close attention to the price and think about whether you are getting value for money.
Consider the length of the contract and don't be fooled by introductory rates. But remember that, above all, you need to choose a broadband package that suits your business’s needs, as well as your budget.