The proper internet connection can open up new opportunities, new means to connect to customers, and even some new risks. With so much going on, businesses may wonder if they have the “right” internet connection — a question with few truly right answers.
Just What Is the “Right” Connection, Anyway?
Thanks to the sheer array of connection types available, there’s a lot of room to determine which one will work based on the needs on the ground. Start by considering a few basic types:
- Coax cable. This is made from a pair of copper cables running in sequence known as coaxial (coax) cable. Coax has long been the standard of internet access in major urban areas.
- Fiber optics. Fiber optics, often simply referred to as “fiber,” draws on ultra-thin cables that transmit light from one end of the cable to another. The light is then interpreted at the other end by receiving cables.
- Fixed wireless. Fixed wireless uses microwave transmissions in place of any sort of cable at all. The microwave signals proceed between a transmitting base station and a receiving station at the other end.
Not all of these connectivity types are available everywhere, but these are three of the widest-known options. Also available are radio-based wireless and the digital subscriber line (DSL) service available as a residential function.
How Fast Should the Connection Be?
Once a business determines what’s available in a particular area, it’s easier to start narrowing down the options. While fiber often delivers the best in terms of speed, reaching into the gigabit range or higher, sometimes coax can deliver decent speeds at better prices. Fixed wireless, meanwhile, tends to be slower but often delivers with little, if any, bandwidth cap.
How Is the Connection Used?
It’s also important to note if there are any branch offices using these systems. If there are, then it may be that each branch will have to be hooked up, and easier installation can save money. If there’s a large portion of users engaged in bring your own device (BYOD) activity, then it might be a good idea to invest in the larger bandwidth that fiber can offer.
It’s All About You
In the end, there really isn’t a “right” internet connection so much as there is one that’s right for the needs of a business and the conditions on the ground. Availability will likely limit many choices and make more than a few unreachable, and with 5G becoming available over the next couple years, the end result is a plethora of options to choose from.
Innovative Business Solutions can help on this front, thanks to a wealth of experience in the field and a highly-qualified technical staff. Finding the right connection for your business can be just a few simple questions away.