DSL and Satellite Internet Slowing Your Business Down
Rapid internet offers many advantages for a modern business, and if you rely on a satellite or DSL connection, you may experience slower speeds.
Low satellite and DSL speed limits your company, preventing you from contacting customers, communicating internally, or coordinating online marketing. The sooner you upgrade to real broadband, the greater the benefits for your bottom line.
What are the most significant satellite and DSL disadvantages?
Sticking to satellite and DSL may limit your company abilities, including:
- Lower Broadband Speeds — The FCC defines broadband as an internet connection that can download data at 25 megabits per second (mbps) and upload at 3 mbps. The typical DSL connection bandwidth speeds depend how far you are to the Central office and depending on your area may offer download speeds of 1.5 mbps and upload at 128 kilobits per second (kbps). Satellite internet is even slower, downloading at 500 kbps and uploading at 80 kbps. Ads for “DSL broadband” or “satellite broadband” may be misleading, implying that these services operate much faster than they can, which may be a problem for businesses that need speedier internet. Make sure you use a speed test to verify. (www.speedtest.net)
- Distance Delimitation — DSL providers restrict how far away you can be to connect and typically require you to be within 18,000 feet of their network, and much closer if you want to access their highest speeds. This may not be a problem if your company is located in a major city, but it limits your ability to expand into more remote areas.
- Fluctuating Satellite Service — While satellite internet does work in remote areas, the quality of that service varies wildly based on weather, physical obstacles and other factors. You will thus have to deal with frequent interruptions in internet service, compounding the problem of slow speeds.
Why is fast internet beneficial?
As a growing portion of business activities take place online, broadband is becoming a more popular option, and a slow DSL internet connection could pose a few setbacks:
- Communicate with Clients — Existing and potential customers rely heavily on real-time updates, and without rapid internet, your ability to research quickly and respond to clients may be hindered. Example: using VoIP with your phone system.
- Promote Productivity — Slow download and upload speeds make it harder for employees to communicate or share essential documents. This could contribute to inefficient processes, which could make them less affective at their jobs. Example: a hospital sending x-rays to departments.
- Manage Your Marketing — As businesses rely on the internet for more and more of their marketing activities, they have to be able to upload new content and access analytical data in real-time. Slow DSL and satellite may prevent you from doing this, compromising your ability to attract new customers.
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