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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 compromises indispensable services such as virtual cloud hosting, cloud storage, cloud email, etc.Picking the right Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a must, and so is looking at your business’s needs and budget before making your final decision.To start you off, below are some helpful considerations: Speed Your foremost concern is the download speed, unless you’re planning on a lot of streaming, video conferencing and gaming.Download and upload speeds are dependent on which plan you choose.The larger your business and the more users you have, the faster your line speed must be.
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Contention Ratio
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Contention ration is basically a term for sharing or to compete for something.It is but the most number of people you will have to share the connection 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 Certain ISPs apply a monthly “cap” on the amount of data you will be able to download.Actually, most ISP’s do, so you really have to ask, and if they do, know the difference between a soft cap and a hard cap. For example, you may sign up for an “uncapped” service which, in reality, is capped at 200Gb’s, then you may have to deal with a bottleneck in connectivity the moment that limit is reached, but in the end, it will still depend on the package you select. Fair Usage Policy (FU) A Fair Usage Policy is designed to prevent users from abusing bandwidth in a certain area.Everybody fights for bandwidth (Contention Ratio) so ISPs have implemented a policy that affects such connections, using high bandwidth and compromising the general Internet performance for people sharing the same infrastructure, and apply restrictions on the line in question. Customer Service Level, Availability and Quality Inquire about the service level provided, response time and customer service hours. Extra Costs There are providers that make you pay a monthly rent to use their router, while other companies will provide it as part of their 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’s the cost per Mbps, and you can consider that as you choose an ISP. When you talk about high-speed Internet, many providers will promise you the world but provide something totally different. Always do your homework, and never ever decide on price alone.