One mistake you are likely to make when planning to subscribe to a new internet service for your business is assuming that it’s as straightforward as you think it is. In reality, there is more to it than just believing what the service provider advertises and then getting impressed by it to a point that you don’t even bother to read the contract offer.
Since the purpose of your search for an ISP is to give your business internet service, it means you’re probably looking for something that’s way better than what you already have at home. And because you are paying the ISP a lot of money for your subscription, it means you should be putting enough effort in your search for the best. So if you want to learn what you must be looking for in the best ISP, then continue reading this post.
1. The Type of Connection.
When it comes to the type of connection, internet service providers offer two types. The first connection type is officially called high speed or broadband service, which by the way is the most commonly used. Examples are cable and DSL, both of which are known for their speeds but not their reliability. They also are popular for the reason that they’re affordable compared to the second type of internet connection called “high availability” internet service. This service on the other hand is the premium version intended for businesses and large companies since it offers clients or subscribers something called the service level agreement in which you will be assured of uptime for 99.99% of the entire time of the year; roughly translated, you only will experience downtime for two hours in a year. Probably the most common example is ethernet or fiber optic connections.
Since the internet service you’re planning to subscribe to will be used and intended for business, it means it will help a lot if you have an initial understanding of what your speed requirements are. The reason for this is because you want to avoid subscribing to a specific speed that’s actually not enough for your business or company’s needs.
3. Service Availability and Timeframe
Although you really would want to explore the possibility of having access to the premium high availability fiber optic service, the sad fact is that not every business location or area can get it. As a matter of fact, there even are still some areas that don’t have access or close proximity to the lines for cable and DSL internet. Hence, it makes sense to figure out first if any of your prospective ISPs actually have an established line for their service in the location of your business. Now if they happen to be in the process of building a line, will there be enough time for you to wait for them?
So those are just three of the many other things you should be considering when selecting an internet service provider, and mind you, you must also weigh on other important factors like the cost-efficiency rating of subscribing to a particular ISP, customer and technical support, as well as redundancy.
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