Can you still hear it?
Though 56k Dial-Up connections were permanently switched off in the UK 3 years ago (and I haven’t heard the hideous noise in 15 years), the sound of modem connections will forever be etched in my childhood memories.
Loading a single picture was a titanic struggle, and you could forget about sharing the connection with multiple users: in fact, whenever someone else wanted to make a call in the house, my geeky endeavours would be over for the next few hours (mum’s very chatty).
It’s incredible to think that 80% of adults currently have access to broadband and that the average speed it 22.8 Mbs. It may seem slow now but…56k!
And yet, if I could visit my child-self to give him a sneak peek of the future, he would have probably thought I was crazy (and likely called the police too, creating an embarrassing time-travelling paradox).
What’s really crazy, is that things haven’t stopped at a faster connection. Nah. Broadband is going through a third-phase of evolution. As I write this, over 20 people around me are sharing the same internet connection, with no apparent consequence. And 20 people means over 50 devices connected between laptops, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, and other connected gadgets that could easily belong to the Bat Cave.
Oh, and did I mention that all landline phones are actually connected to the internet via VoIP?
Batman using VoIP.
Moving towards a more connected world isn’t only impacting media consumption and consumer behaviour (Netflix and chill, anyone?), but it’s also revolutionising the way businesses operate and stay competitive.
As new, faster infrastructure becomes available to more and more businesses, what is initially an early-adopter advantage becomes a precondition to be competitive and reach your new and existing customers.
7 ways fast broadband is changing businesses
So what are the strongest benefits of being the first to embrace ultrafast internet?
Here are our favourite 7 advantages, that we believe apply to most businesses.
- Save time.
Imagine if you could save one minute every hour that you work: if you work 8 hours a day, that’s one extra hour a week or half a day every month. And that’s a very conservative estimate: ultrafast internet could mean the difference between minutes of download and seconds.When you think that on average we spend more time using devices than sleeping, suddenly that becomes a lot more appealing!Also…remember what happens when you have to wait for a page to load? Ctrl+T and new tab is open…type f-a-c…click enter. How much time do you waste on distractions every time? (answer: a lot). Faster internet will allow you to focus on one thing at a time, and make sure you get stuff done, and don’t need to work on Sundays or hire extra staff.
- Save money
Some people think that business internet is prohibitively expensive. But no more.Thanks to our hybrid fibre-wireless technology, we can offer ultrafast internet to most buildings (even if someone else told you they can’t), and connect your office faster than most other providers. We also offer transparent pricing: no indecipherable offers to lure you in now and make you pay later.Not only that. High-speed internet can actually help you save money in terms of time saved across your team and the ability to work with talent based abroad.
Having a reliable connection means not having to worry about the unexpected. On a client deadline? No problem, symmetrical connection speed means that your uploads are just as fast as your downloads (unlike traditional internet).Take a breather and make sure you give your customers the best experience possible, thanks to an internet connection you can rely upon.
- Modern (and cheaper!) telephony.
Who likes to use a landline these days? We’re used to having everything in our pocket, and suddenly you’re chained to your desk. Plus, did I mention landline?That’s where VoIP comes into place. VoIP uses your internet connection to create a landline service, but a modern one. Add as many extensions as you need, forward calls to your mobile (but not on weekends!), and enjoy cheap rates worldwide.You don’t even need an actual desk phone if you don’t want to.
- Access processing power in the cloud.
Cloud computing has evolved fast over the past few decades (here’s the full story), and is now able to offer processing power that isn’t dependent on your machines.In the future, processing power will depend on your needs and subscription tiers, rather than the one-off, massive investment you make into your own machines.Sounds great? There’s only one thing standing between you and the cloud: your internet connection.
- Reach customers worldwide.
Business internet also means that you can work with customers worldwide, especially if you’re selling a digital service or a physical product distributed across different countries.Neet an example? Social Chain, a fellow Manchester-based business (and now Berlin too!), offer their services to companies based all over Europe and North America. That’s embracing the internet.
- Futureproof: more devices, heavier files.
Over the past 15 years, the average download volume has grown 200 times, and the trend is clear: it’s going to grow. With HD content, video to soon reach nearly 70% of online content, VR around the corner, and more capable devices, internet consumption is only going to go up.
This is why you should think ahead, and make sure your network can be easily upgraded in the future; both Telcom’s network technology and connection speed are meant to be easily upgradable to the customer’s needs and the evolution of technology.
So: can you believe that dial-up sound was the latest technology only less than two decades ago? Me neither.
PS: Want to know more about how a reliable high-speed internet connection can help your business?
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