Choosing the right broadband service is a difficult decision for any business and definitely not one that should be taken lightly, and whilst the main factors to consider are cost and availability (especially for Fibre broadband or leased line connections) there are other things that should be looked into before you make a final decision.
The speed you need
When considering a data service for your business it’s important to ensure that you’re getting the level of connectivity you really need, for example, a large business with hundreds of employees all connected to the internet at once will probably need something more than a standard 10Mbps ADSL connection, seems obvious right? Well as obvious as it seems many businesses often underestimate the level of connectivity they really require and as a result find themselves having to upgrade to a faster service just a few months down the line. So if you think your business only needs a standard 10-15Mbps copper business connection then it might be worth looking into a bonded or fibre connection that is slightly faster as if these alternatives are still cost effective then it might be worth investing in getting a little more than you need and leaving a little room to grow.
Support and Service
As surprising as it may sound not all broadband services get the same level of support when it comes to outages or other issues (shocking i know) if your business relies on a data connection and cannot afford for a loss in connection then investing in a high-end service such as EFM (Ethernet First Mile) or EOF (Ethernet Over Fibre) may be worthwhile. These high-end services are dedicated which (as well as providing a range of features which we’ll get into) means they come with a Service Level Agreement which guarantees a certain level of connectivity as well as a fix time if an issue does occur, SoConnect provides a 99.9% uptime guarantee for our dedicated data services with a 6 hour fix time for EFM and a 4 hour fix time for EOF, meaning that these services are perfect for businesses where being online is nothing short of essential.
Make the most out of your connection
Something that many businesses fail to consider when evaluating data services is what their data service can do for them. For businesses looking for only a very basic data service which allows them to receive emails or browse the net then a basic ADSL or Bonded connection may be all they require. However for businesses looking to make the most out of their data connection by utilising services such as cloud storage VoIP, video conferencing and online collaboration services (which are becoming more and more popular with businesses by the day) then a faster data service is a requirement. To get the most out of Cloud services businesses should consider a high-end fibre broadband connection or even a dedicated connection like those listed above to get the most out of these services. Whilst this may seem cost prohibitive at first, many businesses find that by investing fully in their data connection and by using these services they are actually able to save money in the long run as they no longer need to pay for other expensive telecoms services such as line based telephony or in-house storage solutions. By investing in a high-end data service and combining it with the latest in cloud technology many businesses can work more efficiently, improving productivity as well as reducing cost and overall, increasing overall profitability.
So there you have it! Hopefully, this article has provided you with a better understanding of the many factors to consider when looking into your businesses data connection. For more information on the various data services SoConnect offer please visit our web pages on them, or you can contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0333 240 1824.