Businesses Bandwidth and the Need for Speed

It may be tempting to believe that information comes out of thin air, but the infrastructure of internet communication is not magic. Rather, data runs on physical lines and through network devices that can only carry a finite amount of traffic. Given that business functions are increasingly turning over to web applications, customers are using the internet as the primary point of contact with a business, and phone lines are increasingly being replaced with voice over IP (VoIP) systems, a company cannot neglect its bandwidth needs.
It is not uncommon to hear the results of dropped packets due to bandwidth constraints when using web applications such as Skype. Audio calls, video conferencing, media streaming, employees running media from third-party sites, and other bandwidth intensive uses compete with traffic needed by applications that handle primary business functions. There are some general guidelines for how much bandwidth a business may need:
• 2 megabytes per second will cover medium to low-definition video chat, social media, limited voice calls, and most inter-office text communication such as IM and email.
• 5 megabytes per second will cover all of the above plus high definition video and medium file transfers.
• 10 megabytes per second will enable large file transfers and most of the other intensive, high-tech needs of a modern business.
A business should consider high-speed internet and its network capabilities with as much thought as its business plan, its recruiting/talent retention, and its sales/marketing efforts. In order to ensure that your bandwidth capabilities are up to par with the strategic vision of your company, contact your trusted service provider.