How to take advantage of gigabit internet
Let’s take a trip down memory lane:
Do you remember when you needed an actual computer, not a phone, to get online?
Or even further back, do you remember having to check if someone needed to use the phone before dialling up and connecting to the internet?
Do you remember waiting hours to download a song?
If you do then you’ve seen a tremendous change in internet speeds during your lifetime and those speeds are still increasing. There’s a good reason for that: our consumption of streamed media, our constantly connected social (media) lives and effectively every aspect of our lives in some way requiring an online presence have all contributed to a need for more reliable and faster connections.
In the business world you may not be streaming Netflix but the growing complexity of IT systems, the rise in cloud computing and an increased reliance on VoIP for communication means that both download and upload speeds needed to get better to enable businesses to keep up the pace.
When we talk about gigabit internet we’re referring to the speed being 1 gigabit per second, as opposed to the 56 kilobits of the aforementioned dial-up internet. The difference is staggering from that point of view alone but there are other differences for businesses on top of simple speed/bandwidth comparisons.
One of the biggest differences between businesses and individuals when it comes to requirements is whether a symmetrical or asymmetrical connection is needed. Above we mentioned the need for both download and upload speeds to go up and here is where this comes into play.
Asymmetrical connections tend to be the norm for consumers where download speeds are significantly faster than upload speeds but when your company uses its connection for cloud computing, VoIP etc that simply won’t do. Symmetrical connections where the flow of information in and out of your business is equally steady and fast is ideal in those situations and with the power of gigabit internet you’ll have all the bandwidth you need.
If your business is looking to upgrade to gigabit internet it’s worth checking whether you’re eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to save up to £2500 on your connectivity bill!
Find out more about Luminet’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
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