Internet Service Providers: Differences Explained

Business internet… it’s all the same! You sign on the dotted line, you get ‘switched on’, then you’ll pretty much receive the same service whether you choose BT, Virgin, or anyone else, right? Erm… well, we hate to break it to you, but it’s not exactly like that. In fact, the type of internet connection – and the type of service – you receive will actually be quite different depending on the internet provider you choose.

Think of it in terms of food. You’ll get ‘food’ regardless of whether you choose Chinese or Indian for your Saturday night takeaway, but the exact type of food will be pretty different (mmm… is anyone hungry?).

At Leased Line Comparison, we’ve fast become one of the UK’s leading comparison websites for essential business services like leased lines and business broadband, and that’s because more and more of you are wanting to compare internet service providers before making a commitment, you wise owls, you! So when you compare internet service providers, what are some differences you can expect to see?

Speed

If speed’s your thing, then it’s well worth making sure your chosen provider offers the sort of bandwidth you’ve been dreaming of. Generally, most internet service providers will offer something around 17 or 18 Mbps – great for checking your email, but you can forget about watching a sneaky episode of the Big Bang Theory during your lunch break. Some will offer up to 38 Mbps which is a little more standard for businesses, while a select few go above and beyond with 76 Mbps and even 10 Gbps speeds which make it easier to use voIP and other web-based technologies. Don’t forget to check the upload speed, too!

Usage

Ah, there’s nothing sneakier than an internet service provider trying to make their products sound more appealing than they really are. Usage is a tricky area that many unsuspecting business owners get dragged into, so our advice to you is this. if you see the word ‘unlimited’, proceed with caution! But don’t panic – in most cases, when an internet service provider says ‘unlimited usage’, they really mean it (phew!), but there are times when restrictions may apply. Some providers manage traffic during peak hours, which means that some data may be prioritized over others at certain times throughout the day.

Contract

Contract length is something businesses often overlook, but it’s definitely worth taking into account when you make your decision on which internet service provider to choose. The good news is that there’s really not too many things to consider. In fact, you’ll find that there’s really only two contract lengths: 12 months, and 24 months. So which do you choose? Well, that’s really up to you! 24 month contracts are often a little cheaper, so we tend to recommend these to established businesses who know what their needs are. Newer businesses just learning the ropes may not want to be tied in for so long.

Price

The biggie! We all want to be careful with our cash, and that means that price is obviously a big factor. So does more expensive always mean better? Not necessarily. You’ll tend to pay more for the more recognizable internet service providers like BT, but these providers may also include little extras you won’t find anywhere else. It’s all swings and roundabouts. The best advice we can give is to compare internet service providers online, not only to find the best price, but for your own sanity, too! Do you have any idea how long it takes to manually trawl through pricing plans? It’s best not to ask…

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