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How Much Bandwidth Does Your Business Need?

How Much Bandwidth Does Your Business Need?

Is faster always better? That’s a big question when it comes to internet connectivity speeds and usage. Bandwidth is a big deal these days, especially with the high-volume applications and streaming video that can eat into your overall capacity for carrying bits and bytes of information. Businesses today rely on internet access to drive websites, business applications and even phone systems and a slowdown can mean lost business or worse. There are cost and effectiveness limitations around bandwidth, but how much is truly critical for today’s businesses? Turns out, quite a lot. 

Email May Surprise You

While email usage patterns may vary, nearly all businesses today use email to conduct their daily operations. Several factors impact the overall load that email causes to your internet speed, such as the number of users on the system, whether the system is cloud-based or on-premise and the file size limitations that administrators have imposed. One of the key issues is that email doesn’t come evenly spaced throughout the day, and having an abundance of email in an hour-long period could potentially slow down your internet access overall.

A general rule of thumb for internet speeds is that ten users need approximately 5.12Mbps total for a fast connection or around 512K per user. This allows even the heaviest business users to have the bandwidth available to do their jobs.

Balancing Needs and Budget

The easy answer to someone asking how much bandwidth and speed you need is “How much can I afford?” While it sounds simple, this can be a tricky question. Consider this — you’re running an internet-based business, and your customers give up because they’re unable to complete a transaction on your website due to a slow connection. In this case, you’ll need to figure out how to afford the next tier of internet access, and the costs will be covered by additional sales coming through your platform. On the other hand, you don’t want to have excess capacity sitting around not being used, as that’s a mismatch between budget and true business needs. This balancing act can be challenging for many business owners to figure out without the support of professionals.

The Speed You Need

A general rule of thumb for internet speeds is that ten users need approximately 5.12Mbps total for a fast connection or around 512K per user. This allows even the heaviest business users to have the bandwidth available to do their jobs. That said, a moderate connection would be half that or around 256K per user. Even at this level, some businesses will find that their applications are lagging behind while others will be perfectly satisfied with their internet connection. It truly depends on the business, and can best be assessed by your trusted service partner.

Whether it’s employees watching Netflix at lunch or an overabundance of email traffic, today’s bandwidth requirements are aggressive and continuing to grow. See how Johnson Business Technology Solutions, Inc. can work with you to determine the right amount of bandwidth for your business, so you’re not facing any productivity slowdowns! Contact us today at 615-614-2033 for a free initial consultation and to get started right-sizing your internet connectivity.

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