Tips for Choosing a Good Internet Service Provider for Your Business
The performance of the Internet at your business can significantly affect productivity, and today, the Internet is a core component of most businesses.Poor internet performance compromises indispensable services such as virtual cloud hosting, cloud storage, cloud email, etc.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.The following are some helpful considerations to get you started:
Your foremost concern is the download speed, unless you’re planning on a lot of streaming, video conferencing and gaming.Upload and download speeds vary, depending on what plan you select.The larger your business and the more users you have, the faster your line speed must be.
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Contention ration is basically a term for sharing or to compete for something.It is but the most number of people you will have to share the connection with.If there are 20 people downloading all together, then 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, most ISP’s do, so you really have to ask, and if they do, know the difference between a soft cap and a hard cap.For instance, you get an “uncapped” service which is, in reality, capped at 200Gb’s, then you could be throttled on your line and struggle with a connectivity bottleneck as soon as that limit has been reached, but this still depends on the plan you choose.
Fair Usage Policy (FU)
A Fair Usage Policy is created to stop users from exploiting bandwidth in a specific area.We all wrestle for bandwidth (Contention Ratio) so ISPs have started a policy that singles out those connections, using high bandwidth and reducing the overall Internet speed for everyone sharing the same infrastructure, and enforce restrictions on the line involved.
Customer Service Level, Availability and Quality
Inquire about the service level provided, response time and customer service hours.
There are companies that require you to pay a monthly rent for their router, while other providers will give it to you as part of a service package.This is typically a hidden cost, so don’t to forget to ask.
Price per Mbps
Divide the ISP’s advertised line speed by cost. That’s the cost per Mbps, and you can consider that as you choose 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.