Pointers for Choosing a Reliable Internet Service Provider for Your Business
The performance of the Internet at your business can greatly affect productivity, and these days, the Internet is a key component of any business.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.To start you off, below are some helpful considerations:
Your foremost concern is the download speed, unless you’re planning on a lot of streaming, video conferencing and gaming.Download and upload speeds are dependent on which plan you choose.The bigger your business and number of users, the faster you need your line speed to be.
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Contention ration is basically a term for sharing or to compete for something.In the simplest terms, it is simply the most number of people you have to share your connection infrastructure with.If there are 50 people downloading at once, then your download speeds will reduce.Definitely, you’ll want to go with the best contention ratio in the area.
Data Maximum Limits
Some ISPs put a monthly “cap” on the amount of data you can download. Most ISPs actually do, so you actually have to ask; if they do, know what makes a soft cap different from a hard cap. For example, you may sign up for an “uncapped” service which, in reality, is capped at 200Gb’s, then you may have to deal with a bottleneck in connectivity the moment that limit is reached, but in the end, it will still depend on the package you select.
Fair Usage Policy (FU)
A Fair Usage Policy is designed to prevent users from abusing bandwidth in a certain area.Everybody fights for bandwidth (Contention Ratio) so ISPs have implemented a policy that affects such connections, using high bandwidth and compromising the general Internet performance for people sharing the same infrastructure, and apply restrictions on the line in question.
Customer Service Level, Availability and Quality
Ask them about the service level they provide, hours you can call for customer service, and response times.
Certain companies make subscribers pay a monthly rent for the router, while others include the cost as part of the service package. This is usually a hidden cost, be sure 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.
In terms of high-speed Internet, a lot of providers can promise you everything but give you something completely different. Do your research, and don’t make a decision based exclusively on price.