Many businesses rely on the internet in their day-to-day operations. Internet speed is important as well as reliability. They use it for management, conducting meetings and training, decision-making, communications, production, and marketing. There are numerous Internet service providers out there offering you various internet packages. So how you do choose which Internet service is best for your business?
Knowing the different types of internet solutions will help you determine the best internet service for your business.
Digital subscriber line – DSL, as it is more commonly known, is widely used for home connections and businesses. This is because it’s the least expensive way of connecting to the internet. It makes use of traditional telephone lines and you get stable and consistent speeds. Although it can provide you with fast internet speed, your distance from the internet service provider’s central office will affect the quality and speed of your connection.
Fiber optic service – There are only a few internet service providers who offer fiber optic service. Fiber connections have extremely fast speeds, making them ideal for businesses that frequently use voice applications as well as those that need to upload or download large amounts of data. You are guaranteed quality and reliable internet connection because it uses light to transmit data. This, however, means that fiber connections are more expensive. Although companies and some residences already use fiber, it is still only available in certain areas.
T1 – T1 lines refer to a leased data communications line that is able to provide high-speed internet connection of around 1.544 Mbps. It’s ideal for small businesses and home offices, easy to install, and can be split into 24 different channels for data and voice. If you’re using the internet for incoming calls as well as for data usage, a T1 connection will be able to provide you with a reliable and secure connection. Even if multiple users are connected at the same time, one user’s data usage will not affect the transmission of data to other channels.
4G LTE – When it comes to connectivity for mobile devices, you’ve probably heard of 4G LTE or fourth-generation long-term evolution. 4G technologies provide users with voice, data, and multimedia streaming capability of around 100 Mbps up to 1 Gbps. But because of issues concerning the speed and standards, 4G LTE came about. LTE is a first-generation 4G technology that is considered as the fastest connection for wireless networks. You can download data from speeds starting at 5 Mbps up to 12 Mbps. With these speeds, users are able to do more with their mobile devices than just talking.
There are many factors that you need to consider when choosing an Internet service. It may seem confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with the technical terms, but you’ll be able to figure it all out. Just know what your business needs and what you need it for, how much is your budget, available add-ons and technical support and there will be an internet package that will suit your needs.
Last Updated on August 11, 2019.