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How to Choose an Internet Service Provider for Your Business The performance of the Internet at your business can substantially affect productivity, and in this day and age, the Internet is a central component of any business.Poor internet performance impinges on essential services, like cloud email, virtual cloud hosting and cloud storage, just to name some.Selecting the right Internet Service Provider (ISP) is crucial and it’s imperative to look at your business’s needs and budget before making a decision.To get you started, consider the following: Speed Your most important concern is the download speed, unless you’re keen on doing much gaming, video conferencing and streaming.Upload and download speeds depend on the plan you pick.The larger your business and the more users you have, the faster your line speed must be.
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Contention Ratio
Lessons Learned from Years with Providers
Contention ration is essentially a word for sharing or to compete for something.In the simplest terms, it is simply the most number of people you have to share your connection infrastructure with.If you have 50 people downloading simultaneously, your download speeds will be reduced.Definitely, you’ll want to go with the best contention ratio in the area. Data Maximum Limits Some ISPs put a monthly “cap” on the amount of data you can download.Actually, majority of ISPs do, so you do need to ask, and if they do, know the difference between a hard cap and a soft cap.You can, for instance, subscribe to an “uncapped” service which actually has a cap of 200Gb’s, then you may experience a bottleneck in connectivity as that limit is reached, but this still depends on what package you’ve chosen. Fair Usage Policy (FU) A Fair Usage Policy is designed to prevent users from abusing bandwidth in a certain area.We all fight for bandwidth (Contention Ratio) so ISPs have created a policy that targets those connections, using high bandwidth and compromising the overall Internet performance for all those who sharing the same infrastructure, and implement restrictions on that particular line. Customer Service Level, Availability and Quality Ask regarding the level of service offered, customer service hours and response time. Extra Costs There are companies that require you to pay a monthly rent for their router, while other providers will give it to you as part of a service package.This is typically a hidden cost, so don’t to forget to ask. Price per Mbps Know what the ISP’s advertised line speed then divide it by the cost.That will be your cost per Mbps, and you can use it as a deciding factor when finally choosing an ISP. When it comes to high-speed Internet, several providers will promise you everything but barely deliver. Always do your homework, and never ever decide on price alone.