When companies advertise Internet services, much emphasis is put on download speed. It’s a term everyone is familiar with, and certainly no one would suggest that fast download speed isn’t important. What is less commonly considered is upload speed. The average consumer usually doesn’t think too much about upload speed, because most providers have upload speeds that are perfectly geared to the home user. Businesses, however, often experience difficulty when upload speed is a small fraction of download speed.
Minimal upload speeds can present problems for home users who like to play online multi-player role playing games. If the upload speed is insufficient, game play is sluggish and choppy. This is because bandwidth is used up with every element on the screen. Most providers have recognized this problem, and now offer upload speeds that allow for smooth game play.
For many business operators, the upload speed that allows for a smooth experience while online gaming still isn’t enough to meet their needs. Competing in the global economy means that you have to be able to upload massive amounts of data, network, share files, and video conference. Think of your Internet connection as a pipeline – if you put more in the pipeline than it can handle, it gets clogged. Data transfer slows to a crawl and productivity drops. That can translate into lost revenue. With video conferencing, if you don’t have an upload speed of at least 10Mbps, you can lose your connectivity. Problems are compounded when you have multiple users on your network.
CommStream offers download speeds of up to 100Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. We serve all of Manitoba, and we offer urban technological solutions even for rural areas. Call us to arrange for an Internet package that gives you the upload speed you need to stay competitive in today’s business environment.