How Many MBPS Do I Need for a Small Business

See how CenturyLink Business Internet solutions can take your small business internet to the next level.

From emails to reporting to virtual meetings, a strong internet connection is important for daily business operations. Many small business owners find selecting the right internet speed for their business to be a complicated task. However, CenturyLink simplifies the process by making recommendations based on the unique connection requirements of your business, which makes finding an internet plan that works easier than ever.

Let’s walk through how CenturyLink can help you identify what you need for your small business internet.

Test your internet speed

If you currently have a small business internet connection and are considering changing your high speed internet service, start your search by taking an internet speed test. Knowing what you’re working with now will help you decide what you want to improve down the line.

Picking an office internet speed

Your network connection and how fast you can work largely depend on the speed and bandwidth in your internet package. 

Getting high speed internet for your small business starts with evaluating what you use the internet for on a daily basis. Common business uses include:

  • Video conference calls
  • Cloud based software
  • Downloads and uploads
  • Virtual communication (instant messaging, emails, etc.)

Once you identify your common internet uses, you will then need to account for the amount of people that will have access to your network at any given time. For example, if you are a small startup with up to 10 employees, 100 Mbps internet would be an adequate internet speed whereas a business with more than 10 employees would likely need a higher speed. 

Business Internet Options

You’ve identified what your daily internet needs are and who will need access. Now comes the fun part: exploring your options. There are two common choices for those looking for a fast and reliable business internet connection; those options are cable and fiber internet. 

Cable internet uses coaxial cables to transfer data electronically. While cable is the more traditional option, it is more susceptible to weather and electromagnetic interference. 

A fiber internet connection, on the other hand, uses small, flexible strands of glass to transmit the information at light speed, which means minimal interference for users. A fiber-optic cable also carries more data than a bundle of copper cables of the same size.

CenturyLink supports your small business

Choosing the right plan for your business is easy with CenturyLink Business. To learn more about how we can assist you, learn more about CenturyLink business internet.

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