Andrew Frost discusses the average UK broadband speeds and asks: is your business broadband fast enough?
When it comes to the internet we are all craving speed. Whether it’s for personal or business use, a fast internet connection is at the top of nearly everybody’s wish list. Living in a digital age has created an expectancy that fast connectivity should be the norm, and with good reason too.
The web has become central to almost everything we do. We communicate through it, we trade through it and so on. Therefore the importance of choosing a broadband provider that allows you to fulfil your business requirements as quickly as possible cannot be underestimated.
However, many businesses – admittedly smaller ones – are suffering from slow broadband. Unaware of business-specific broadband packages that deliver extremely fast internet they are, through no fault of their own, settling for speeds similar to those that can be obtained by the public.
A 2014 report conducted by OfCom found that the average residential broadband download speed during November was at 22.8mb/s (megabytes per second). Business broadband providers on the other hand can offer average download speeds close to 76mb/s and upload speeds around 19mb/s.
Testing your speed
So, which end of the spectrum is your business’ broadband speed at? Your answer should be nearer to the latter. Fast broadband can play a pivotal role in improving your business’ overall productivity and efficiency. Tasks such as regularly uploading information to a company website or transferring large pieces of data require quick connections, which can only be obtained through a business broadband provider.
So if you’re closer to the average residential speed, you need to be considering whether you should actually be looking to upgrade your package. The internet’s role in a business’ functionality is inevitably only going to grow; therefore so should your broadband speed so you don’t get left behind.
It’s important that you get a broadband speed that stands up to the demands of your business.
If you haven’t done it recently, you can check your broadband speed by completing a quick and simple test via Broadband Speed Checker: http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/
It is also useful to regularly check your broadband speed to discover whether you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for, as well seeing if you can get a better deal with another provider.