The Four Ways Fiber Internet Benefits Your Business
Let’s take a moment to think about our work days. How often do we check emails, download documents, send files, attend video conference calls, visit vendor websites, etc.? The Internet has become our most important communication and information tool, so it’s no surprise 94% of jobholders in almost any industry, location or business are Internet users.
What does this mean for business? As consumer and employee behaviors continue to evolve, it means companies need to maintain the pace the world demands today. A business’ broadband platform makes a difference on whether or not a company can keep up. Many businesses are opting for fiber optics as their high-speed Internet connection for four reasons.
1. Fiber is Faster
Fiber comes with speeds up to 100Gbps. With that fast of a connection, employees can send emails faster, send files faster – things can just get done a lot faster, saving time and money for the company. A slow connection also makes an impact externally. Amazon estimates that just a one second slowdown on a page load could cost the company $1.6 billion in sales each year. Although most companies aren’t the size of Amazon, slowdown affects any business. Lag time on webpages, slow response times or incomplete transactions will frustrate customers and can result in lost business.
2. Fiber is Scalable
Unlimited bandwidth options ensure quality performance as a company grows. Not everyone needs 1Gbps of Internet today; 50Mbps or 100Mbps may work just fine for most businesses. Whatever is required, Internet service provided over fiber can be easily adjusted to accommodate growth needs without additional hardware. Other technologies—such as DSL or T1 connections—have limitations and often require extra equipment to attain more speed. VDSL, for example, cannot effectively scale to more than approximately 100Mbps.
3. Fiber is More Secure and More Available
A fiber line is dedicated, which means the service is much more secure, with less opportunity for interference. With a shared connection like cable modems and 4G services, the availability of service depends on the bandwidth usage of others.
4. Fiber is Cost-Effective
The switch to fiber optics requires an up-front investment, but the long-term benefits minimize the costs over time. The increased speed alone ensures increased productivity and efficiency in the workplace. Fiber also comes with far fewer maintenance requirements than other broadband platforms. Upgrades and updates are practically automatic because there’s no need to switch out hardware or add additional equipment once fiber is installed.
Operating expenses are also impacted by faster speed. Fiber optics allow a company to easily move its IT infrastructure to the cloud. This provides the option to remove physical servers, which reduces electricity usage, and in turn, decreases monthly power bills. In addition, some companies have a lack of on-site staff to manage servers so they contemplate a move to the cloud because their IT is outsourced. This can save significant money for their business.
There are a number of advantages a robust platform like fiber can bring to small and large businesses of any industry. Fiber may seem like an industry buzzword, but its positive impact on the bottom line demonstrates just how valuable it is to the future of business.