One company is not the other. Especially when it comes to internet speeds. An accountant usually has to send few GBs than a film production company that shoots heavy videos on the web every day. As a company, how do you estimate what speeds you need? In this article we explain it to you.
As a company, it is difficult to make a choice when it comes to your business internet subscription. Many different speeds are offered, ranging from 10Mb/s to virtually unlimited. Which internet speed suits your company best depends on a number of factors:
Work within your company
First, you have to take into account the work that your company carries out. You don’t need a lot of speed for basic internet use. If you work a lot online and in the cloud, you need much more speed.
In addition, there are more activities that affect the speed of your internet connection. With this you can think of:
- VoIP telephony
- Online backup
- Video conferencing
- Uploading and downloading files
- Work online order processing and inventory management software
- Using security or surveillance systems
Companies that upload and download large files need a fast connection. Think of companies in the creative sector. Nothing is more annoying than having to wait for your files to be sent or to view files from your customer or supplier. If the connection is too slow, you also run the risk of aborting the download or upload process if it is not yet completed. And then you can start again.
Number of employees
In addition to the work that is carried out via your internet connection, the number of employees working at the same time also affects the speed. If you work as a freelancer, less capacity is needed than if you carry out the same work with several colleagues.
An average internet user in the office needs an internet speed of 5 Mbit/s to work quickly and efficiently.
Mobile devices in the office
In addition to their smartphone, employees also use other devices in the office. The number of mobile devices in the office is also a burden on your internet connection. For example, a tablet regularly refreshes new e-mails and may also automatically download the updates. You should therefore also take this into account when choosing a certain internet speed.
What types of internet connections are there?
When you close an internet connection, it is important to know what type of connection you want and can choose. There are different types of internet connections and they all have different pros and cons as well as different prices.
Fiberglass consists of a wafer-thin wire made from a special type of glass. This wire is laid underground, all the way to your business premises. Fiber optic uses light to transfer data. The biggest advantage of fiber internet is that the upload speed is just as high as the download speed. This allows you to use the internet and stream at the same time without any problems. Fiber optic is installed both in city centers (this is called FTTH) and on industrial estates (this is called FTTO). Because the construction is done on request in industrial estates, this is often more expensive than in a fiber optic connection in urban areas.
In addition to fiber optic, with cable internet, you also have very fast internet. This is because the largest part of the cable connection consists of fiberglass. With cable internet, you can achieve speeds of up to 400 Mbit/s. And cable internet is available in many places in the Netherlands. What is special about cable internet is that both the television signal and the internet signal are sent to your business premises via the same cable. When you opt for cable internet, you will also receive television.
DSL internet stands for Digital Subscriber Line and is the oldest type of connection and available almost everywhere in the Netherlands. With DSL, the Internet is transmitted by means of power signals over the telephone line. The distance to the local exchange is important for a good DSL connection.
Choose the internet speed for your company
When you know to what extent the internet connection is under load and how many devices are active on the same internet connection, you can make a choice:
Normal internet up to 50 Mbit/s
A small office with a few employees that does not perform any other taxing internet tasks should have enough of this internet speed. Within the office, you rarely use laptops, smartphones and tablets at the same time. This speed is suitable for simple web and email use.
Ultra-fast internet up to 100 Mbit/s
With this speed, you can video call a customer, download files at lightning speed or back up to the cloud.
Super-fast internet between 500 and 1000 Mbit/s
With this top speed, you as an entrepreneur are in charge of the future. This speed is suitable for any application you need to run.
Hopefully after reading this article you will have a better idea of what is possible with fixed internet. Would you like to know more about a reliable, fixed internet connection for your business? Then take a look at our offer, because in addition to our best and fastest tested mobile network, we now also offer fixed Business Internet.