Having a reliable broadband connection has become as vital to the success of small businesses as having dependable staff or a solid business plan. The differences between home and a dedicated business broadband can be unclear and at times confusing, so we’ve highlighted the key benefits for you below:
Business Specific Support
If your broadband goes down at home it can feel like you've been sent back to the Stone Age! However as a business the concern is real as it could result in lost revenue or even worse, a damaged reputation! For that reason, business broadband will usually involve round the clock support which has been specifically set up to cater for the unique deadlines and needs of businesses. Response times to issues are much quicker and some providers even have SLAs (guarantee of service) as they understand that many businesses rely on their broadband for the day to day running of the business.
One of the clearest differences between home and business broadband but is also one that is often overlooked. Contention ratio is the number of users who are sharing the same server, simply put more users = slower speeds. For example on a home network there can be as many as 50 people using the same server as you (contention ratio 50:1), which would result in a slower speed especially at peak times! Business networks will usually limit the number of connections to 20 on the same server (contention ratio 20:1), a lower contention ratio means a faster more consistent connection at the times when you need it most.
Range of Services
There are some things that you just cannot do with a home broadband package, some of these could be vital to the running of your business. This could include running your own email/web servers, secure access to work, remote networks or accessing your own PC from anywhere in the world. All of these would require a static IP address which are often provided free or very cheaply (Around £2-£5 a month) with a business broadband package. If you require more information about any of the above please give us a call on 0161 503 0724.
In the wake of the recent ransomware attacks, data security is more important now than ever. As a home user if your computer is hacked it can result in a lot of headaches, but for a business it would be a disaster not only for your business but for your valued clients as well. Business broadband packages come equipped with higher grade security software to protect your network, so cyber security isn’t something you have to worry about.
Which package best suits your business needs?
The most basic (and cheapest) package. It allows your business to make and receive calls through a dedicated business line. For businesses making outbound calls there are some very reasonable unlimited call packages.
Calls + Broadband
As well as being able to make and receive calls this package also allows you to access the internet, with speeds typically reaching around 21mbps (Megabytes per second). This speed suits businesses who only require their broadband for emails and general browsing.
This package is designed for businesses requiring more firepower from their broadband. If your needs require more than just browsing this is the package for you. Typically speeds reach around 40mbps (Megabytes per second).
Super Fast Fibre Broadband
This package is designed for businesses that rely on using the internet for the day to day running of their business, this could include running their own email/web servers or having multiple people using it at the same time. Typically speeds reach up to 80mbps (megabytes per second) however some companies can offer faster. Super fast fibre is perfect for business that want to share their broadband connection with customers, ask one of our agents about public wifi spots.
Whether you are a new business or you just haven’t got round to sorting out your telephone line or broadband connection, let our experts find the package that is right for you and your business.
If you already have a broadband provider, you might be paying a lot more than you need to be! With dozens of providers, each with multiple packages, it can be unclear whether you’re getting the most for your money. Let us do the hard work for you, complete the quick online assessment below and one of our experts will get in touch with the best deals for your business. So you get the benefits of shopping around without the headaches.
Complete the quick assessment below and one of our experts will get in touch with the best deals for your business.