How important is superfast broadband to businesses?

As companies do more work in the Cloud and online, many are finding that their current Internet bandwidth doesn’t cut it anymore. In this guest post, the website Broadband Genie offers some advice for businesses trying to decide if superfast broadband is worth the investment.


In this increasingly connected world that we live in, businesses are relying heavily on technology to increase productivity and cut costs, especially with the advent of cloud computing. Yet how important is it to have a superfast broadband for your company?

Superfast broadband is built using fiber, and could increase the speed of your connection from around 2Mbps to over 20Mbps. How important that is for your organization depends on the size and needs of the company and if your broadband suppliers offer it. For small and mid-sized businesses, the speed of your connection is something that your business could really benefit from, especially if you move large files around the country or globe.

Connectivity is good across the USA and you should choose your supplier carefully to ensure that you get the kind of service that suits you best. The map below shows connectivity across the US with various providers:

Google is swiftly becoming a great provider too, but this may not benefit your business as it provides bundles and is only available in a few areas.

To discover if superfast broadband is available in your area, you can use this fiber locator map.

If your company is considering using cloud services such as virtual hosted desktops, then superfast broadband is almost a must.

Likewise, if your company sends large documents around the world, then SFTP can be used to do this efficiently and without worrying about failure. However, without superfast broadband, this can be difficult and a file can take a long time to reach its destination.

Another consideration is how much time your business spends online. For example, if you have an eCommerce website, then it’s obviously going to need to be updated often.

The size of your company makes a difference, too. Only have a few employees? Then is it worth choosing superfast broadband? Again, this would depend on the nature of your business and what those employees need to do with the Internet connection.

If employees work solely online, then it would be prudent to get a superfast connection, especially if they regularly connect to an office network. For those who work from home building websites or providing other online services, then it may be especially important.

All-in-all, the biggest advantage to having superfast broadband is more effective use of cloud computing, especially for software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which can require the constant movement of large files and a lot of data.

Author Bio: Kerry Butters contributes this article on behalf of Broadband Genie, the consumer advice site for home and business broadband suppliers.

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