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Reliable internet connectivity: making the right choice

31st October 2016

Understanding the need for reliable internet connectivity

Take a moment and think, “How would my business cope without reliable internet connectivity?”

Most business leaders understand that their company’s internet connection provides much more than keeping employees up-to-date with the latest cricket scores, or Fred’s status update from the weekend. However interesting that might be!

In this modern age, businesses are heavily reliant on their internet connection. To the point where if their connection failed for any length of time, it could be considered a disaster!Meraki MX Security Device - Use an enterprise grade router to ensure reliable internet connectivitySome of the internet services your business might be reliant on include:

  • Email & IM
  • VOIP & SIP based phone systems
  • Access to web portals & cloud services
  • Connectivity to remote offices
  • Video Conferencing, including Skype
  • Online trading with customers & suppliers
  • Online banking and BACS services

Other uses may include research, providing remote support, or hosting a web site or extranet.

The effects of poor internet connectivity

In the year to March 2016, 72%* of UK businesses had experienced up to eight internet connection failures, and up to 43 hours of downtime per failure.  Each outage, those businesses were prevented from trading, or accessing vital online services.

The cost to each business in terms of lost productivity and unnecessary overtime amounted to £521 PER EMPLOYEE!

Even worse, companies relying on consumer internet connections suffered double the downtime experienced by users of business class connections. Researchers also found that a whopping 51% of micro businesses and 80%* of sole traders still use broadband designed for home use.

As you can see, it’s important to choose the right type of connectivity for your business.

Throughout the rest of the week, PC Comms are going to look at the internet connectivity options available for your business, and what you can expect from each solution.

Tomorrow: Your connection options explored – ADSL, ADSL2+ & FTTC/P.

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