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Shopping for business internet isn’t just about finding the best service provider in your area. You also need to have a good idea of what speed of internet your business needs before you buy. To some IT people or business owners, this may seem like a simple thing. But it turns out that it’s not always easy to calculate. A quick search of the internet turns up lots of different results—and outdated information can skew speed estimates.
To make things simple, we’ve done a lot of the research for you and gathered data from a variety of reputable sources. We’ve also tried to hone the conversation down to address common ways businesses use internet. For example, to handle bursts in unexpected traffic, you may want to look at your company’s average speed and then double it when it comes time to buy. That 50% extra speed is a good buffer to prevent slowdowns.
For added insight, it’s good to test your current internet speed. This will let you know if there are slowdowns during the day or week holding up your business. You should also test your upload and download speeds to assess the quality of your connection to the Internet. It’s a good rule to test your speeds at different times of the day and on different days of the week to track differences and trends. Check out the Frontier Internet Speed Test to get started.
4 Factors to Consider When Calculating Bandwidth Needs
You can print this worksheet and use it to predict what’s ahead in terms of network traffic. With a bit of thoughtful planning, you can make sure that bandwidth hogs like VoIP video calls won’t slow down your internet to the point that you can’t get other work done. It’s also important to keep in mind that as you increase the number of simultaneous internet tasks, the speed of each one can decrease. This is because your internet service has a maximum speed—as you approach that max, your tasks will bog down. You can increase your internet speed, or plan around doing things at the same time. For example, you can schedule data intensive backups to occur after business hours.
Here’s what to do:
|How Many People||Traffic Estimate||Bandwidth Needed|
|Example: Email||5||1.15 MB||5.75 Mbps|
|Cloud services||1.5 Mbps|
|Email no attachment||1 Mbps|
|Email with attachment||1.15 Mbps|
|File sharing||0.5 Mbps|
|Online banking||0.2 Mbps|
|Online research||0.33 Mbps|
|Social media||0.2 Mbps|
|Streaming webinar||1.5 Mbps|
|Training webinar||1.5 Mbps|
|Uploading photos||1.5 Mbps|
|Uploading large files||2 Mbps|
|Video conferencing||4 Mbps|
|VoIP calls||0.01 Mbps|
|VoIP video calls||1.28 Mbps|
|Web browsing||0.33 Mbps|
Frontier Business Internet is available in many areas with speed options that fit your business needs. Visit Frontier Business Internet to check what’s available in your area.