Recently I received a call from the owner of a CPA firm that was looking for faster internet options They had Comcast Coax Business internet with a speed of 50X10 (50meg down and 10 Meg up). However, this customer wanted a faster upload speed to support their efforts of moving some of their applications to the cloud.
The cost for business class internet over coax is hard to beat and it is widely available. The challenge comes with the asymmetric nature of its bandwidth speeds. This means that download speeds are much faster than upload speeds. Additionally, coax bandwidth is shared with a number of other subscribers in the area. If multiple users in a cable region are running bandwidth intensive applications at the same time, everyone’s speed can be a fraction of the promised speed. This constraint will become more and more impactful as the trend towards moving applications and services to the cloud continues.
We decided to look at what telecom carriers have fiber close to the client’s office building. Business Class Fiber Internet provides much faster upload and download speeds than coax. Fiber is not a shared service so speeds can be guaranteed and backed up by an SLA (Service level Agreement). If fiber is available to your location, there has never been a better time to shop for business class fiber internet. Prices are better than ever and there are more and more options.
I remember, not that long ago, customers were paying about $1,169 for a T-1 which provides 1.5Meg of bandwidth. Now, depending on which fiber internet providers support a customer’s location, we can sometimes find pricing for 1 Gig of internet speed for $700.00, that is 650 times faster than a T-1.
My CPA client was very pleased with the quotes we got back from 5 suppliers outlining pricing for guaranteed up and down bandwidth of 50meg, 100Meg and 250Meg speed options.
If your business is needing a faster internet connection and you are not sure who to call or how to shop for the best price, it might be a good idea to reach out to a Telecom Broker and let them do all the work for you. Kind of like using Amazon to find the best pricing and options for your business. Check out a past blog we wrote about Factors to consider when working with a Telecom Broker. Or check out 5 Things your business should consider when making a telecom Change.
Teledata Select offers a whole range of services that will help you meet your business goals. Starting with a complimentary review of your current telecommunication bills to identify errors and find opportunities for savings, better service and more functionality. We also offer project management for new service implementation and infrastructure installs, including fiber and low voltage cabling. Call us at 404-257-1502 to discuss your current Telecom Service Solution and what you would like to get out of it. Or send us a note via This Link to start a no obligation discussion of your specific business technology needs.
John Hagan is President of TeleData Select, a Telecommunications Consultant located in Atlanta, Ga serving customers throughout the US and overseas. His company provides business solutions for voice, data, mobile and cloud solutions for both large and small businesses. Contact John or their team for a complimentary telecom audit to make sure you’re getting the best value for communication services. The savings you receive could offset the cost of purchasing a new Hosted or Premise VoIP phone system.