Business Internet Speed
“The Need for Speed!” a phrase often associated with driving and speed sports. In the business technology world that phrase is just as important. Business internet speed, for North Carolina businesses, is important and directly affects functionality, productivity, and profitability. The typical claims of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) regarding the speed of their networks is confusing. Faster is better than slower. But, how much speed does your company need and how does that affect by business? We look to answer these questions and hopefully more as we take a quick, non-technical introduction to the basics for your North Carolina business.
Internet connections are divided into two speeds—downloading and uploading. Downloading consists of the receiving of files such as documents, songs, images, etc., whereas, uploading is sending files. Speed is measured in “bits per second.” A single bit is an extremely small unit of data, and thousands (kilobits/kbps) or millions (megabits/mbps) travel per second. The number of bits per second is directly proportional to the speed of your connection. Increase speed increase data transfer. Bandwidth dictates the amount of data that can move through at a time. Best example of bandwidth is a pipe. The amount of water that can move through a pipe is predicated on the size of the pipe. Larger the pipe more water can be forced through the pipe. Hence, increase bandwidth = increase in internet speed. Fiber-optic cable has higher bandwidth than traditional copper-based cable. The internet speed of fiber-optic cable is 100x faster. The typical speed of 1 Gbps equates to a standard movie downloading seconds. That’s major technological advancement, coming soon to North Carolina.
The numbers above are speeds the infrastructure can provide but your actual upload and download speeds depend on your computer, the distance from your ISP, and the type of connection available. Additionally, the number of people using your connection and what they are doing will directly affect your internet speed. Large files accessed by multiple employees will increase the demand on your connection, therefore decreasing your internet speed. These specifics must be considered when deciding what is internet speed is needed for your North Carolina business.
The one thing you can be sure of is your need for faster internet speed will only increase over time. As your business grows so will your internet need. CII Technology Solutions can analyze your current situation and extrapolate for the future taking into consideration your business goals and projections. Our technical experts are waiting to discuss the internet needs of your North Carolina business. Call us today at (919)676-8300
Get an advantage on your competitors today with CII Technology Solutions. Faster and upward!