When you own a business nearly every day is a busy day, dealing with customers, troubleshooting, strategising for growth while you work diligently to make things bigger and better.
As you focus on day-to-day duties and big picture thinking, sometimes the basics can be overlooked. Of course, one of the critical facets of any business is how you stay connected to the people you need to interact with and to complete transactions.
Chances are your internet connection is something you haven’t given much thought since you signed up with your provider. However, taking a moment to think about if you are getting the most out of your internet can be a game changer in terms of your capacity to do business.
Take a moment to check out these seven things to make sure your plan is up to the task.
Consideration 1: Business fibre or residential?
Are you on a business plan or just a residential one? Business fibre broadband connections offer unique benefits including faster (up to 8000Mbps with hyperfibre!), greater reliability, extra support, safeguards against data loss and added security. Further to that, their ability to handle large volumes of data gives you, your people and your customers the peace of mind that even large tasks are not a headache.
Consideration 2: DOES YOUR PLAN COME WITH BUSINESS SERVICE?
Does the plan come with business class service levels, like priority fault restoration in case of an outage? Does your provider offer dedicated business call centre support? This means that if an outage was to occur, you’d be able to jump the queue and have your connection back up and running quicker than a standard residential connection.
Consideration 3: GOT GOOD PERFORMANCE?
Is your internet able to handle what you, your employees and customers do every day, even at peak times? Are you constantly connecting to the cloud and on video conferences? Do you work with large amounts of data and do large data transfers take a long time? You should consider a broadband upgrade now so you can operate at peak performance and not end up frustrated when you can’t complete tasks as fast as you would like.
Consideration 4: DO YOU HAVE WORLD-CLASS SPEED?
Hyperfibre offers speeds of 2000 Mbps, 4000 Mbps and 8000 Mbps. Chances are your employees are doing more and more things online, from e-mails to cloud applications and video conferencing – often at the same time! Hyperfibre gives your business enough capacity to support all of these things and more.
Consideration 5: DOES SOME OF YOUR DATA NEED PRIORITISING?
Depending on the nature of your business, you could have unique needs for how you deal with data. Do you have critical online business functions such as IP telephony or apps where data needs to be prioritised? It could be worth getting a plan with high traffic class bandwidth so quality connectivity is assured.
Consideration 6: DO YOU HAVE ADVANCED SECURITY REQUIREMENTS?
How does your company operate? Do you need to segment your network for IT security and performance? Then you’ll want a plan that offers transparent VLANs. Have a think about your security priorities and what could be improved with a faster connection.
Consideration 7: DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP PLAN?
Do you need an additional fibre connection as a backup if connectivity is lost? A redundant service will allow your business to continue operating without interruption. It is especially critical if you use an online platform for booking appointments or selling products or services.
If you’re not already on a business fibre plan switching is incredibly easy and won’t cause any disruption to your business. A business fibre connection on the Chorus network is what can get you to the next level. Is your business ready for the future? Want to learn more about fibre for your business? Find out more here.