Businesses use the Internet every day for a variety of functions from basic email to video conferencing. If you notice periods of slowness or outage, then you might need more Internet bandwidth.
It’s possible when choosing an Internet plan for your business you didn’t take bandwidth into account. Perhaps it’s been a while and your business expanded past your current levels. It’s possible you’re a new business and in the process of setting up the Internet.
It all comes down to one question: “How many Mbps do I need?” A robust bandwidth can mean the difference between a seamless webinar and jerky mess of pixelated images and choppy sound.
What’s Your Current Internet Bandwidth?
Contact your Internet service provider and ask what your bandwidth is, but keep in mind this is during ideal conditions. Bandwidth is the highest data available that you can transmit over a period. It’s traditionally measured in megabytes per second (Mbps).
Businesses Internet services can have a wide spectrum from 25 megabytes per second to 1 gigabyte per second, depending on their Internet plan. Businesses that transmit a lot of data need more bandwidth, but businesses have difficulty determining how much is enough.
The higher the bandwidth means the more data your business can transmit.
Bigger Is Usually Better
A business of a few employees that only uses the Internet for email and the occasional Facebook update might be fine with 25 Mbps, but a business with 100 employees that uses video conferencing and transfers blueprints via email may need a dedicated 1 gigabyte per second.
There are many things that can drain your bandwidth and download speeds as well, so you need to take latency and peak usage into account. Data transfer is like a highway. It’s got a few lanes for traffic and for the most part traffic is smooth and traveling at peak speeds.
At certain times of the day, traffic gets heavier and slows down. There can even be gridlock when traffic stops. It’s the same with data. The more people who use the data and the more “cars” on the “highway” the slower things travel. It’s better to get an oversized data package so you have a bigger highway.
How Much Bandwidth Do You Need?
General Wi-Fi use and email can survive on only a few Mbps but multiply that by the number of employees using it. A two-person business can get by with the lowest data package, usually 25 Mbps, but if a business has 15 employees using it, then they’ll need a higher package because there’s more data cars on the highway.
If your business transfers significant data or uses the internet for a variety of applications such as voice over Internet phones, uploading files and photos, webinar streaming, etc., then you’ll need significantly more resources.
A good rule of thumb is to take how much bandwidth you think you’ll need and then double it. This takes care of any worries about Internet gridlock and shared bandwidth (something higher speed plans shouldn’t have to worry about).
Choose What’s Best for You
Businesses need to count on their Internet working and meeting their needs. When Internet bandwidth is too small, things can come to a stop or slow down considerably. If you’re interested in learning more about bandwidth and the various Internet services, then feel free to explore our website.