Shared vs Dedicated Internet Services

The search for the right business internet solution often leads to the topic of a shared or dedicated internet connection. While the conversation can get technical, at the core, it really comes down to needs, demands and a thorough assessment of where your business fits along this spectrum.

Here we take a closer look at shared internet and dedicated fiber so you can better understand your options.

Shared Internet

As the name implies, shared internet means more than one business is using the same connection. This connection is usually made with coaxial copper cable or a passive optional [fiber] network.

In many cases, performance doesn’t suffer on a shared connection, however during peak use times or under certain conditions, performance can degrade. This can lead to:

  • Slower downloads and uploads
  • Compromised video conferencing
  • Underperforming websites or difficult access

A business that relies on its internet connection for services like email, limited streaming and web browsing may not be impacted by a shared connection. In addition, businesses with only a few employees typically shouldn’t suffer.

However, when other high-use businesses are using the shared connection, it can potentially cause a poor experience for others. For these reasons, some businesses prefer to have a dedicated connection.

Dedicated Connection

Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) is a connection that’s solely devoted to one user. DIA access is typically delivered via a fiber optic connection.

Dedicated fiber clients basically “own” their bandwidth and rarely, if ever, experience downtime. For a point of reference, Cable ONE Business DIA clients are up and running 99;99% of the time. While any business can opt for dedicated fiber, companies that do typically choose it for the following reasons:

  • The need to consistently upload, download or transfer large files or amounts of data
  • High demand for streaming content, running websites, or backup servers
  • A significant number of employees (20+) using the connection
  • Demands that require constant, continual access and uptime

Companies that fall into this category may include enterprise businesses, critical healthcare providers—even smaller businesses, such as creative agencies that upload and transfer large amounts of data on a regular basis.

Making the Choice

Choosing between a shared or dedicated internet connection requires an accurate assessment of your current business needs and demands. It also means looking forward and anticipating what type of need your business might expect in the future. 

While a shared connection costs less than dedicated fiber internet, the additional expense and peace of mind that comes with DIA is worth the investment for some. For others, it may not be.

A Cable ONE Business representative can help you accurately assess your situation and recommend the best option for you. Whether it’s shared high-speed internet or dedicated internet access, or some type of fiber bundle that includes additional services, he or she can help you put fiber optic technology to the best use for your business.

For More Information
Contact a Cable ONE Business Adviser to learn more about Business Internet or Dedicated Internet Access today by calling 855.873.9596.