The Internet rules the world. Full stop. Computers, phones, tablets, TVs, vehicles; nearly every device we own or come into contact with relies on a connection to the Internet. This reliance is inflated immeasurably when it comes to your business. Cloud services such as Telephony, Software-as-a-Service, Cloud Storage, Business Continuity and Video Conferencing all require internet… and a lot of it.
Terms such as “Superfast this” “Superfast that” in our industry tends to talk as if the benefits of Superfast broadband are really obvious. So faster must be better, right? Well, not necessarily for everyone, given faster tends to cost more. So what could that extra bit of spend each month do for your business?
1 – Communications
Superfast broadband can transform the way a business communicates with customers and colleagues. Telephony bills can fall using a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) system. These can range from basic systems similar to Skype to more sophisticated and intelligent systems which enable the user to manage call routing and voicemail, ensuring callers get through to the correct person every time.
Video communications like Skype and Apple’s Face Time also have the capacity to offer good quality video conferencing facilities. This could mean far less travelling for business meetings and the time and money saved will lead to greater profitability.
Services such as these can connect people and ideas, share information and work in real-time or over a period of time from anywhere in the world. Platforms like Huddle allow a range of users to share a secure workspace and collaborate on projects, documents, share videos, use shared whiteboards, all in a completely paperless way.
2 – Multiple Internet Users are Supported
Without high speed capabilities, the connection can be slow if there is more than one person in your household using the Internet at the same time. If you’ve invested in high speed Internet service, a number of people are able to use the Internet at the same time. For example, one worker could be researching information online while another is video conferencing. Simultaneously, a staff member could connect to the Internet from their smart phone and download a new app.
With high speed Internet, everyone in your business is able to utilize the Internet concurrently without a hitch in connection.
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3 – Remote Working
Faster broadband allows a workforce to work more flexibly from home, or another office, which can lead to increased productivity, greater employee satisfaction, reduced travel and importantly save money in the long term. Many organisations allow employees to access their networks via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and in this situation an employee’s experience at home, or in a remote office, would be exactly the same as working at the main office.
Another benefit of working remotely is that it will help to address the increased emphasis on legal rights and work/life balance within jobs. For example, for people with children or other care commitments superfast broadband may help to restructure their working days. As a result this will be of obvious benefit to the employee and their employers.
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4 – Browsing, Downloading, Uploading, Streaming
With fast internet, your Web pages will load much quicker. You don’t have to worry about your screen freezing as a result of number open windows and tabs.
Quick and easy downloading of audio and visual files, programs, and software updates is essential to an internet user. Using dial-up for a combination of these actions could take hours.
At some point, you’re going to want to upload audio and visual files like photos and videos. As they say, time is money so you don’t want to wait around and have to deal with resolution and compression issues. With high speed internet, you can upload your files in seconds, unlike a dial-up connection which can take minutes for just one picture.
A fluent video and audio stream is also a benefit of high speed internet. You don’t wait to wait around for your file to load and having it stop halfway through, sometimes at the best part, can be very frustrating.
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5 – Cloud Computing
For small businesses there are potentially huge benefits; rather than buying heavy-duty servers and expensive software, Cloud computing lets you rent them. Your Cloud solutions them becomes scalable as your business increase or decrease its staff. Billing is often on a per user basis for what is actually needed. If you’re thinking about going e-commerce, or planning on recruiting more people in the near future, you’ll likely need more bandwidth. And that’s what a faster connection will give you.
Critical businesses issues such as back up, security and upgrading, will be catered for and the data can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. As a result Cloud Computing can reduce the level of investment a business might need to make in ICT hardware and software.
Cloud computing is a relatively simple process and basically means that an organisation’s data and software applications are hosted remotely in a data centre. In reality it is quite possible that many businesses already use cloud type services, like Facebook and Hotmail. With superfast broadband, the use of such services becomes much easier.
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