Published on July 2nd, 2014 | by Sally Wenham

Rapid Internet Connectivity Speeds Are Crucial For SME’s

How fast and reliable is your broadband connection at work?

It has been claimed that internet connectivity speeds have a direct correlation with both the efficiency and profitability of any business, so the stakes are high.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has stated they believe that poor broadband coverage in many parts of the UK is adversely affecting small businesses from growing and prospering as they should be. This is illustrated by their own findings which show that more than half of small businesses (53%) are concerned with their connection.

In many cases ‘Notspots’ and ‘Slowspots’ are causing huge headaches for SMEs meaning, for instance that they can’t upload and download vital file documents they need in their day to day business operations.

The government’s national Broadband Delivery Scheme aims to provide access to broadband services of up to a modest 2 Mbps from any location by 2015 and of superfast broadband to 95% of UK premises by 2017. Whilst the problem is being addressed it seems like it will take several years to be resolved and even then some observers have claimed the target internet connection speeds are insufficient.

It is certainly interesting to note that in a table of average internet connection speeds, Britain currently ranks 14th. For example, leading the way South Korea has average web speeds of 21.9 Mbps, Japan can boast speeds of 12.8 Mbps and leading the way in Europe is the Netherlands with connectivity of 12.4 Mbps.

So why do broadband connection speeds vary from different locations you might ask? The answer lies partly in the level of investment made in the telecommunications infrastructure of transmitter base stations and also the distance from the nearest telephone exchange. We learn it is also partly explained by the local population density.

Whilst we wait for infrastructure improvements aimed at increasing connectivity to take affect what can we do ourselves to get our internet connection speed running as quickly as possible you might ask?

Some tips we suggest at the Post Office Shop include to firstly check for local availability of fibre optic broadband, disable applications from running automatically such as Skype, use the latest version of your internet browser, regularly clean your cache deleting cookies, browsing history and temporary files and also where it is practical to do, consider using Ethernet cables instead Wi-Fi.

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