How much of your job could you do without the internet? If you’re like many office workers, your productivity would plummet if you couldn’t go online. From sending and answering emails to meeting with coworkers via unified communications platforms, many of our daily tasks require a reliable internet connection.
Businesses seeking faster internet and greater bandwidth to maximize performance for cloud applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices increasingly rely on fiber, one of the fastest technologies on the market, according to the business.com article “What Is Fiber Optic Internet for Business?”
Fiber optic cables that transmit data in the form of light offer more speed (up to potentially 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), although 1 or 2 Gpbs is more common) and less interference than traditional copper lines and coaxial cables, the business.com article explains. At this point, many buildings are already “lit” with live fiber optic internet cables, so accessing more bandwidth could be as easy as entering into a contract with a provider that’s already established at your location.
If you don’t already have business fiber internet and are wondering if you should switch over to improve connectivity and productivity for your team, there are a few key questions you should ask yourself first to determine if fiber is the best choice for your company.
1. How much speed and bandwidth do you ideally need?
If you’ve implemented cloud solutions and plan on adopting more advanced technologies, you could likely benefit from faster internet and more bandwidth. Consider your IT roadmap and whether your current internet connection is holding you back and causing performance issues.
2. What’s your budget?
Prices vary depending on the provider and location, but fiber is typically more expensive than traditional options like DSL and cable, according to the allconnect.com article “Find fiber optic internet in your area.” However, the Stratosphere team has connections with providers with the lowest prices on the fiber internet market. Connect with our trusted advisors to discuss the latest deals.
3. Do you expect significant growth in the next five years?
Fiber internet offers greater scalability than traditional solutions. As a result, if your company will likely undergo considerable expansion in the near future, you might want to opt for business fiber services.
4. Is your building already lit with fiber internet?
If your location isn’t lit, you could face high costs for the installation of fiber optic cable.
If you’d like to learn more about fiber internet options for your company, our technology advisors have access to an advanced fiber locator tool that can quickly assess fiber availability in your building. We can also rapidly generate comparison matrices showing how different suppliers stack up against each other to help you make a well-informed decision about your business internet services.