Pointers for Choosing a Reliable Internet Service Provider for Your Business

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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 impinges on essential services, like cloud email, virtual cloud hosting and cloud storage, just to name some.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 get you started, consider the following:

Speed

Your foremost concern is the download speed, unless you’re planning on a lot of streaming, video conferencing and gaming.Upload and download speeds depend on the plan you pick.The bigger your business and number of users, the faster you need your line speed to be.

Contention Ratio

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 you have 50 people downloading simultaneously, your download speeds will be reduced.Of course, you’ll want the best contention ratio in your area.

Data Maximum Limits

Certain ISPs apply a monthly “cap” on the amount of data you will be able to download.Actually, majority of ISPs do, so you do need to ask, and if they do, know the difference between a hard cap and a soft 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 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

Inquire about the service level provided, response time and customer service hours.

Extra Costs

There are hosted unified communications providers that make you pay a monthly rent to use their router, while other companies will provide it as part of their service package. This is usually a hidden cost, be sure to ask.

Price per Mbps

Know what the ISP’s advertised line speed then divide it by the cost. That’s the cost per Mbps, and you can consider that as you choose an ISP.

When it comes to high-speed Internet, several providers like Veracity Networks will promise you everything but barely deliver. Always do your homework, and never ever decide on price alone.

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