Aside from price, there are some big differences between business broadband and consumer broadband.
The internet is one of the most vital tools for 21st century businesses. Business broadband allows entrepreneurs and companies to reach a global market, so speed and reliability are paramount for business connections. Most business packages therefore offer higher levels of customer service and faster connections, as well as a few other important differences.
If you've just been connecting through consumer broadband, check out the best business broadband packages at uSwitch now and switch to a better solution for your business.
Business broadband and static IP addresses
An IP address is like a telephone number for a computer. When you dial a number repeatedly, you expect to always go to the same place.
Some internet packages have dynamic IP addresses, which means that your IP address changes. For home use, this is fine, but for business use, it's best to have a static (or unchanging) IP address.
Static IP addresses are important if you want to offer people a connection to something you have on-site. This could be a VPN, so your staff can connect from home, or it could be a service you offer your customers, such as e-mail, media servers, or gaming servers.
This is just a brief overview, but you can visit our guide to IP addresses for more information that explains this better.
You can also compare static IP business broadband deals on our site, too.
- Static/fixed IP addresses can give your business a real look of professionalism. This is great if you’re planning on doing a lot of business over the internet.
- The main problem with static/fixed IP addresses is that they can be vulnerable to hackers, so good internet security is an essential requirement.
Which providers offer business broadband?
A lot of ISPs now offer super-fast business broadband packages tailored to the needs of companies. BT Business fibre broadband deals, for instance, feature a headline connection speed of up to 76Mbps, and if that's not fast enough for you, Virgin Media Business broadband can hit speeds of up to 300Mbps.
Other players in the business broadband sector include TalkTalk Business, Plusnet Business and Toople.
Business mobile broadband
Portability was a business concern before it was a home concern, but until mobile technology could actually provide usable speeds and connections, the business user was rather limited.
3G, with max speeds of 21Mbps, is more than enough to provide an internet connection, and more than enough to handle simple tasks like e-mail and calendars. 4G mobile broadband is even faster, although coverage is more limited than 3G.
Compare the uSwitch business mobile broadband packages at uSwitch now.
Important factors when choosing business broadband
- Web hosting and e-mail addresses: Look out for antivirus and anti-spam filtering.
- Business Voice (VoIP): Some business broadband deals let you receive an inclusive VoIP business line for incoming and outgoing calls.
- Extranet: This provides employees with one place to store and share information, which is password-protected and backed up daily.
- PC Security: Protection suites safeguard your PC from hackers and viruses when you are online, and protects you from infected flash drives.
- Leased lines or dedicated lines: Like a home connection, leased lines are shared with other users, which makes them cheaper but slower. Dedicated lines are more expensive, but also much more reliable.