Do you rely on the internet to keep your business running? You may not even realise just how crucial the internet is to you. Emails, browsing, backups, intranet sites, and certainly cloud and VoIP telephony solutions are all dependent on the internet. So what do you do, if your internet goes down? How does your business run without connectivity?
We understand just how important reliable business broadband is, which is why we deliver reliable broadband to Cheshire businesses. But what should you look for when you’re choosing your broadband package?
Speed and download allowance
Think about what sort of web user you are. Do you have a lot of heavy traffic? Large files, images or videos to upload and send? Or does your business only use the web for small amounts of email traffic? Are you on cloud computing or VoIP and therefore completely dependent of the internet? How many users do you have? The answers to these questions will help you decide whether to go for an entry-level business broadband package, a business fibre or bonded DSL connection or even a leased line.
An all signing all dancing connection is great, but make sure the cost fits in with your budgets. The flip side of that is, are your budgets adequate? Are you spending enough on your connectivity? If your business is dependent on it, you ought to be making some serious investment. How much do you pay for your home broadband? Now scale that up to your business needs and think about the investment. Are you prepared to spend what you need in order to keep your users connected.
Are your business needs likely to change? If you’re expanding, will you outgrow your current supplier? Is there scope within the contract to change your package? Is there an exit route?
Business broadband packages often come with added extras. Webspace, email addresses, static IPs…if you need these extras, great. If you don’t, then an alternative option might be best for you.
This one’s important – who do you call for issues? What happens if your internet goes down? What’s the SLA (Service Level Agreement) – so, if there is a problem, how long is the fix time, how long are you likely to suffer downtime for and is this acceptable?
We’re all vulnerable to the threats of the World Wide Web, and you should definitely take this into your own hands making sure your business is as safe as possible. But check whether your broadband provider offers business-grade security.