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Every day businesses are using app-centric programs in order to get their work done, be it email, web conferencing, CRMs, or video conferencing. These daily activities and technologies are essential and even crucial to ensuring that business can be conducted across cities, states, and other countries, if necessary. It’s also a part of the ever–growing technologies that set the pace for business sustainability and innovation.
But while running these daily apps is a benefit for business, it also often presents the biggest of hurdles, especially if you don’t have the bandwidth necessary to power each and every one. Today, new apps are appearing on business' networks and while some are required to perform the job, others are not, in turn clogging up and slowing down the network. Some of these apps are downloaded onto employee desktops; others are on their mobile devices. Have you ever wondered why every day at 2 p.m. your browser windows paint the screen slowly or the network feels slow? As your employee base becomes younger and more “web savvy,” they listen to Internet radio and stream videos; the appearance of Web Real-Time Communications and more video conferencing on top of streaming are putting a strain on your network’s performance and may be maxing out the connection.
Take for example a small business based art studio with 12 full time employees; the table below showcases examples of the bandwidth needed to power basic business applications on the network for these 12 users.
Mediacom Businesses helps small businesses identify what their day to day operations require in terms of bandwidth so service isn’t latent. We also have the delivery mechanism whether that be HFC or fiber to handle all your technology needs. Different applications warrant different blends of capacity and Mediacom Business can effectively scale their services to manage those requirements and monetize your network performance.
What are the pressures to improve network performance?
Businesses can adapt to meet the high speed connectivity needs of their network – the choice is there with Mediacom Business. It’s important that businesses have a broadband platform that allows for flexibility to scale their Internet needs – as the business climate is always changing and there are a plethora of technologies being introduced each day that can further fuel your business. Which are right for your business? And more importantly which are the applications that foster business growth and create new opportunities. Mediacom Business can be the broadband highway to power each and every application – efficiently, fast and securely.
The internet is the lifeblood of a business, enabling e-commerce, online research, customer interaction, data flow, sharing of files and much more. Connectivity fuels all of these operations and there are many technology delivery methods. But which technology is most superior, and more importantly, which method is going to drive business growth and allow you to venture into advanced platforms that can really sustain your business? We’ll unpack many internet delivery services and highlight the benefits that will serve your business best.
Unfortunately, it’s quite common to see businesses with insufficient internet connectivity. As we’ve discussed earlier in this series, knowing what’s appropriate can be difficult and in some instances businesses may feel their data service is latent when, in fact, they simply don’t have enough bandwidth to power their day to day operations and are simply maxing out their connection. How much bandwidth you need depends on what you are doing, and how many people are doing it. Below is a crash course on the various types of internet bandwidth delivery methods used today.
Problems: Available speeds are below the 50 Mbps threshold. The delivery method requires a shorter distance so data transfer is impacted by subscriber distance from the company’s central office. Therefore, performance degrades markedly and may not be available at all. Distance and peak usage hours on the network will affect service, so consistency will be an issue. DSL is limited in rural areas, so availability and high costs could be an issue as well.
Benefits: High-speed cable is not only able to deliver that 50 Mbps benchmark, but has gone far beyond it. Leveraging DOCSIS 3.0, top-tier cable providers are providing 100 Mbps service today, and speeds reaching 250 Mbps are expected in the near future. High-speed cable is not distance sensitive. Cable-based services have delivered 102 percent of advertised speeds. High-speed cable internet doesn’t degrade over distance and runs over the same infrastructure that brings cable TV to both densely and sparsely populated areas; it is available to a far wider customer base; in cities and rural areas alike.
Cable’s roadmap is ambitious and far-reaching, intended to take speed and reach well beyond what next-generation DSL will offer – the forthcoming DOCSIS 3.1 – is expected to turbocharge bandwidth even more, bringing speeds of 500 Mbps to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) to a coverage area far and wide.
Problems: To achieve any real level of high capacity broadband, users have to purchase multiple T1s which, in the end, can be extremely cost extensive.
The fiber-optic path to the internet is many times faster than even the highest-speed copper internet connections. During periods of high demand for internet access, your business should not notice the internet slowing down. With Mediacom Business’ Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions, businesses can experience high-capacity broadband at speeds from 1 Gig to 10 Gig+ that outperform DSL and T1 delivery methods. Think of it as a business’ own private lane on the highway of broadband.
Benefits: Signal strength does not degrade as quickly over distance. Bandwidth availability is significantly higher, and speed does not decrease as high demands are put on the network. Fiber-optic internet eliminates many latency issues as it is extremely reliable and robust. It is secure, as the only way to penetrate fiber-optic internet is to physically cut the fibers, which will cause the signal to disappear. Fiber-optic internet increases your company's protection against cybercrime, is resistant to interference and is a major cost save since productivity issues attributed to slow or unreliable internet disappear with fiber. Cloud access, from customer relationship management (CRM) tools to data storage, is an important business tool for apps, hosting, and more. 82% of organizations are now using the cloud in some capacity. The speed and bandwidth capabilities of fiber internet mean faster access to your data and applications stored in the cloud. The delivery method is also scalable and bandwidth changes are easy to turn-up as needs change.
Research by Sandisk indicates that slow internet connections cost employees "one week per year of productivity." While the time your teams spend waiting on slow internet can seem minor, it adds up significantly over time. Your internet connectivity should never inhibit productivity. It should be a tool that supports your employees' desire to work productively.
Below is a chart of the most common internet technologies:
|Fiber||optical fiber||100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps|
|Cable||coax cable||512 Kbps to 100 Mbps|
|DSL/ADSL||twisted pair phone line||128 Kbps to 8 Mbps|
|T1||twisted pair, coax or optical fiber||1.544 Mbps|
|Dial-up||regular phone line||
2400 bps to 56 Kbps
Internet speeds are measured in Mbps, or megabits per second. These are related to but different than megabytes, a file size measurement which you are probably familiar with. A bit is 1/8th of a Byte, therefore if you have a 1 Mbps connection, it will take (in theory) 8 seconds to transfer a 1 MB file. This measurement refers to the speed as well as the bandwidth. Think of it as a multi-lane highway, in which you can only go so fast, and the easiest way to get more stuff from one place to another is to add more lanes. That is essentially what increasing your bandwidth does.
A decade ago, most small- and medium-size businesses could get by with an internet connection of 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps). But with today’s usage, the benchmark is closer to 50 Mbps – and very soon, it will reach 100 Mbps. Businesses that don’t have that kind of bandwidth will find themselves unable to fully leverage trends like the cloud and remote access. And to be sure, if they don’t, the competition will. Spending on public IT cloud services – including applications, servers, and storage – is expected to grow from $47.4 billion in 2013 to more than $107 billion in 2017, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Not surprisingly, many business internet customers are already reporting that their bandwidth requirements are increasing by nearly 25 percent each year.
Upload & Download Speeds
Another point to be aware of is upload versus download speeds; in most cases these will not be the same. Internet speeds are typically listed in download x upload, i.e. 3 X .384 – typical DSL speed, meaning 3 Mbps download and .384 Mbps (384 Kilobytes per second) upload. Usually you will have more download than upload speed, but some higher capacity options like fiber optic cable or the older T1 and T3 technologies will give you a symmetrical throughput (same upload and download speed).
Accounting for the Future
As the projections show, networks are increasingly requiring more capacity and 1 Gbps networks are where things are headed. You also need to plan for growth.
Some considerations for IT leaders:
Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth states that internet usage doubles every 12 months. If you need 10 Mbps of bandwidth service right now, next year you’ll probably need 20 Mbps. With IP traffic in North America predicted to reach 49.7 exabytes per month by 2019 (that’s one billion gigabytes), now is the time to evaluate your organization’s bandwidth needs and ensure that your broadband delivery method is able to support business growth.
An increase in bandwidth or making the switch to gigabit internet, allows employees to increase productivity and overall profitability within your organization.
The May 2015 Cisco Visual Networking Index predicted that, by 2019, 80% of consumer internet traffic will be video. Additionally, the growing use of 4K and 8K video will create an even greater demand for bandwidth. Video is one of the most used internet applications today, especially among millennials and in virtual education settings. The need to grease the wheels and hasten video based apps and services has created a demand over the last few years for faster, more reliable internet. The infiltration of gigabit internet to fill this need is affecting the future of organizations in a very positive way.
The infographic below showcases the importance of video based communication today:
Businesses still want face to face interactions and thanks to video communication, that possibility is a reality, especially for businesses with multiple locations. As shown by the image above, most professionals want to have these face to face interactions with colleagues, customers, students, and teachers. Understanding the bandwidth needs of your organization will enable you to maintain the ubiquitous, high-quality connectivity required to support user communications, applications, as well as up/downloads across your location. For colleges and universities, keeping up with student demand and providing enough bandwidth can be challenging, coupled with having knowledgeable staff on hand.
Virtual classrooms and online-learning has grown immensely popular over the last decade, as shown in this infographic:
How Gigabit is Bringing Back the Video Star
Gigabit level broadband capacity provides immediate access to remote servers and cloud based computing services, allowing businesses to be twice as productive. All aspects of a business, ranging from higher-quality videoconferencing, customer service and product development to management and operations benefit from this high-speed internet service. Collaboration between geographically separated workers, students, and teachers is much more in demand and widespread, so this is an obvious plus for organizations that need to facilitate this. Some of the benefits of implementing gigabit internet at your organization include:
Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business will satisfy the bandwidth intensive needs of organizations that rely heavily upon video based communications and services, and with noticeably better performance at all times and affordable pricing. Gigabit represents the next generation of high-speed internet. Learn more in our next series: “Is My Business Ready for Gigabit Internet?”
Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2014-2019 White Paper
High Latency vs Low Bandwidth – Impact on Web Performance
2015 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report
What speeds do I need for Skype, Netflix, etc.
As the digital world continues to expand, so does the demand to connect, whether that’s to devices or each other. For cable providers, DOCSIS technology has become a solution that not only meets the demands of businesses today but is built for the requirements we know tomorrow will bring.
What is DOCSIS?
DOCSIS is the acronym for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification. Businesses receive their broadband connection via cable modems. It’s a technology investment that takes connectivity well beyond what phone companies have been traditionally providing businesses. And while DOCSIS may seem like a foreign term in the business world, it’s important to understand the technology behind the broadband path you choose for your business. Different iterations and standards of DOCSIS have been configured as the technology evolves; DOCSIS 3.1 is the latest on the horizon, where the speed capability able to be achieved will be revolutionary to what businesses have been used to from cable providers.
DOCSIS Speed Table
For small to medium sized businesses, when looking at DOCSIS vs. DSL technology, there are important differences to point out. DSL transmits data but is based on technology developed for voice, while high-speed internet delivered by cable companies was specifically developed to transmit data. And the key areas where the differences are evident include the following: Speed. DOCSIS speeds have not only been able to deliver the 50 Mbps benchmark of DSL but have gone far beyond it. And with DOCSIS 3.1, Gigabit speeds will be the standard of capacity. Distance. By running a data connection over that which carries a voice call, does not fare as well. If businesses are located more than a few miles from the phone company’s central office, performance will start to degrade. So while the technology is good for calling a client – it may not work so well for sending them large files or sharing cloud-based data. Consistency. The truest indicator of this factor is when internet traffic is at its peak and the stress on the network is at its highest. The FCC frequently tests this by way of speeds advertised and speeds delivered. In a 2015 study, the FCC noted “some DSL broadband ISPs’ actual download speed falls substantially short of their advertised download speed; the gap between their consistent download speed and advertised download speed is even greater.” Availability. The distance limitations of DSL mean that for a large percentage of a phone company’s footprint, the service will not be available, especially so in rural areas. Since high-speed cable Internet doesn’t degrade over distance, and runs over the same infrastructure that brings cable TV to both densely and sparsely populated areas, it is available to a far wider customer base; especially through the investment Mediacom Business has made in its rural 22-state footprint.
How DOCSIS and Gigabit Work Together
Few internet providers outside of Mediacom Business can deliver the high-capacity speeds of Gigabit and beyond, simply put because this technology is not readily available in rural areas. The network infrastructure Mediacom Business has made in these areas was a proprietary investment having the foresight of where technology could take businesses. And now with DOCSIS, cable providers are on the cusp of offering these same speeds quickly and easily, with a nearly 100x increase in the average data rate. The current version of DOCSIS is 25% more efficient than earlier versions. This makes DOCSIS a good fit for businesses who need the ability to host clear video streaming, video conferencing, VoIP and other business applications without delays and drops.
For our customers in rural communities, not only does this technology provide businesses with access to high speed internet, but it also means that they are able to connect faster and easier, as DOCSIS 3.1 over HFC hopes to go upwards of 100 Gbps in the future. Plus it allows these businesses to compete on a national or global level because they have the broadband needed to create a competitive edge.
DOCSIS 3.1 Enables Rapid Deployment of Gigabit Broadband
Cox, Mediacom Plot Broadband Speed Increases, as DOCSIS 3.1 Rebranded as Gigasphere
FCC 2015 Measuring Broadband America. Fixed Broadband Report.
Technology is disrupting the financial services industry. The increase in online banking, along with financial companies like PayPal, is completely changing the way people approach traditional banking. Technology is upending workflow and processes in the financial services industry. Tasks once handled with paper money, bulky computers, and human interaction are now being completed entirely on digital interfaces. Given how pervasive financial services are across the globe, the disruption opportunity for fintech startups is massive.
Almost every type of financial activity is being re-imagined. Meanwhile, many institutions are left trying to solve the puzzle presented by the fintech revolution: How can they benefit from the rise of digital, and how can they avoid obsolescence?
The Future of Fintech is Here
The concept of fintech has been around for a few years, but it was only in 2015 that it seemed to take off:
Financial institutions are acquiring a new breed of customers, in part to millennials, who are always connected and looking for more mobile experiences. In fact, 92% of millennials today make banking choices based upon what digital services are offered, instead of other perks and offerings. Many believe they will not need a physical bank in the future.
Many banks and financial businesses are stumped on how to approach this new and unfamiliar customer. In its research, Accenture discovered that legacy technology and trying to deploy new technology were just some of the challenges faced when trying to address customer needs. The chart below demonstrates strategies that financial institutions put in place for digital innovation, with 68% admitting they had fragmented strategies for encountering fintech. More importantly, they felt that the time it took to put these technologies in place was hindering their value, or didn’t provide value once implemented.
The foundation for most of these technologies is bandwidth and ensuring that financial offices are able to provide that, both online and in store. Below is an outline of the most used fintech services:
EY’s adoption survey concluded that 43.4% of customers adopt fintech solutions because it is simple and easy to set up, and that the new breed of customer will demand anytime, anyplace, and tailored experiences via mobile and internet access within the next ten years.
Gigabit+ Capacity Laying the Ground for Fintech Platforms
With these new technological innovations, financial institutions are going to need a considerable amount of bandwidth and speed to even operate on these platforms. And in order to give their customers and partners the confidence that they can play in this space, it is critical that the connection is secure and private. This is one of the reasons many financial institutions have moved to Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions – having a strong fiber backbone allows them to complete day to day operations and pass information via cloud based data portals as well as provide customers with the applications to interface with their institutions without lag time and long waits.
Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business provides the new future of high speed, with 1 to 10 gigabit per second transfer rates that are able to handle everything your business could throw at it. Gigabit speeds can meet the demands of these new digital first customers as they go from desktop to smartphone to connected kiosk within your financial institution. This ensures both customers and employees are able to access and retrieve information without interruptions; regardless of what’s going on.
Contact us to learn more about Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions and how it can transform your “fintech” business.
Sizing the Fintech Opportunity
The Fintech Industry Explained – The Trends Disrupting the World of Financial Technology
Financial Institutions Need Faster Bandwidth for Security, Business Continuity, Data Transfer
Microsoft Enterprise - Optimizing the Customer Experience
As technology continues to expand and grow, the lines of traditional learning evolve into the digital transformation. New methods for educators to collaborate and communicate, while students discover new ways in which to learn are being created and recreated over time. Online courses, also known as eLearning or virtual classrooms have changed the way students learn. Students of all ages and backgrounds are able to learn and interact with professors and fellow students outside their own campus.
Whether teachers are trying to access online curriculum, streaming education live cameras from YouTube or students are simply using the internet…all can put a strain on the school network. The evolution in learning and teaching, coupled with the rise of mobile devices, leaves many education facilities across the country scrambling for ways to not only embrace new technologies, but support them, and stay ahead of the curve. Online testing requirements must sustain every student online at the same time. That is a heavy amount of broadband weight given the school’s normal day–to-day operations.
Broadband use doesn’t stop with students, but is an imperative tool for administration too. Centralization and privacy of student records is critical, along with the ability to access that data from any area in the school district at any given time. Furthermore, in today’s world, many schools are advancing into security cameras where footage can be accessed via tablets at a moment's notice – so a school is always aware of where a student is.
The new way to learn
In recent years, "digital" has been the growing trend in the education sector, however education providers often are not sure how it works or how to get started. OnlineCollege.org produced an infographic which details some of the benefits through technology, highlighting some key statistics below:
As you can see from the above, $7 billion dollars was being spent on textbooks that were 7 to 10 years old. Technology was shown to improve school budgets between $250 to $1,000 per student, per year. A PBS LearningMedia survey stated that 74% of teachers said using classroom technology helps to motivate students to learn. Technology is a part of our lives – a 2014 Pew Research study found the following:
Various sources have also cited that children will often use or own their own mobile device.
What these figures indicate is that technology has become a boon when it comes to communication, collaboration, and even education.
Fast forward to 2016 and the newest report from the Babson Survey Research Group, its 13th year surveying the rising growth of online education in the US, found that the number of students that were taking online courses grew to 5.8 million, a trend that has been consistent for the last 13 years; 28% of college students are enrolled in at least one online course for their semester.
What schools need to consider
Due to the influx of percentages, education facilities have started to implement plans to include or increase their use of technology, however they may not be considering the bandwidth required for educators and students. In a 2012 interview, CEO and founder of the San Francisco nonprofit Education Superhighway, Evan Marwell, stated that while 97% of schools did indeed have broadband access, they were using the same speed of a typical household. The problem with this scenario is that a typical residence supports up to 4 people on a network, while a campus needs to support 400 or more students, teachers, and faculty.
The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, established guidelines in 2014 on what a typical campus network should encompass: a connection speed of at least 100 Mbps per 1,000 students was considered a short term solution, while 1 Gigabit per second was the minimum for a long term solution. This means that campuses, both in large cities and rural areas, need to be looking at the future of the internet in order to keep the pace with the growing penetration of mobile devices and learning techniques.
This is where Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business changes the education landscape. This evolution of high-speed internet has the capability to connect all locations in a campus, accessing the same data in real time. And with this level of capacity, schools can utilize all the advanced education platforms described above, while not maxing out the campus’ connection and doing so with superior speed. Broadband gives teachers the space to evolve their classrooms and reach new levels of education that were never possible prior.
Brewton City Schools in rural Alabama is just one of our customers within the education sector that we provide data fiber solutions to, enabling their rural campuses to connect well outside the city lines and offer their students another level of education. Brewton City Schools was not only able to achieve an internet solution on par with a larger suburban campus, and ensure their students have the advantage of technology to facilitate learning but saved money while doing so.
Report: One in Four Students Enrolled in Online Courses
5 Positive Effects Technology has on Teaching & Learning
Growing Wireless – Quick Facts
Technology in Education: An Overview
Report Card: Mediacom Business Fosters Advancement in Brewton City Schools, Alabama
Two digital transformation developments within the healthcare industry are the convergence of telemedicine and telehealth. While the two are often grouped together under the same umbrella, they are actually two different ideas based on the same concept. Telehealth is different from telemedicine because it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine. While telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services.
The focus on creating digital transparency within healthcare has been in the works for years, with the United States creating a conversion bill in 2009 to help healthcare move to electronic medical and health records. The infographic below, done by the global field organization experts at Pristine, showcases the growth of telemedicine, with the section below showing the quality outcomes:
The full infographic represents the use of technology to provide services to patients in other locations, like video consultations, remote blood pressure monitoring, ECG, staff and doctor training and medical education, administration meetings, and more. As seen in the infographic, 91% of health outcomes were good or even better using telehealth, while 64% of Americans would be willing to visit with their doctor via video. Related technologies also include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
Other points of telehealth growth include:
78.4% of healthcare offices were using EMR/EHR systems in 2013
89% of healthcare executives expect telemedicine to transform the US healthcare system within a decade
The global market for telemedicine is expected to grow from $11.6 billion (in 2011) to $27.3 billion (in 2016)
Why healthcare facilities need more bandwidth
Healthcare facilities and hospitals are increasingly looking to adopt these new technologies available to them. This requires IT administrators to both examine and take their current network into consideration. Electronic medical records, especially those used alongside ePrescriptions and online medical registries, rely heavily on a fast, reliable and secure broadband connection. Depending on the number of staff, hospitals could need up to 100 Mbps just to support their EMR/HER equipment. This does not take into account other equipment, such as X-ray machines, MRIs, and ultrasounds, all relying upon high quality digital video.
An additional factor that comes into play is mobile connectivity. From smartphones to laptops to tablets, the rise in mobility and mobile devices has increased the ability for doctors and patients to communicate, participate, and diagnose at the drop of a dime. Healthcare facilities today must ensure that their bandwidth is capable of handling all of these elements on a daily, if not hourly basis.
Solutions like Mediacom Business' Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions have the ability to handle any and everything thrown at it, from large files, record transference, videos, and more, all at increased speeds. The advancements in healthcare technology are fascinating but without a robust high-capacity broadband connection, they are useless. Gigabit+ internet delivers speeds between 1 billion and 10 billion bits of data, covering both downstream and upstream, and using light wave technology through fiber optic cabling. Other added benefits include reliable and secure dedicated private networks, which helps to ensure information is kept private and in the hands of those who need it, especially needed in the healthcare industry
An example of a healthcare facility using our bandwidth services is Southern Illinois Healthcare. SIH is a major healthcare provider in the city of Carbondale and surrounding rural areas. Healthcare providers in rural areas, like SIH, benefit the most from our flexible and robust bandwidth services. Our service supports their use of telemedicine and enables their medical staff to connect with patients, who might not be able to make the 4 to 5-hour drive to the closest major city outside of Carbondale, IL. SIH is one of the thousands of customers that Mediacom Business serves, ensuring they can utilize the latest technologies to match their large city counterparts via our powerful fiber network to better serve patients.
Fast Stats – Electronic Medical Records/Electronic Health Records
HITECH and Meaningful Use – How is the US Implementing Electronic Medical Records?
Southern Illinois Healthcare Advances into Telemedicine
Back in 2013, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made waves when she banned the company's popular telecommuting policy in order to boost work productivity. Following her company's decision, Aetna, Bank of America, IBM and others also called back in their remote employees. But not everyone has followed suit with these popular companies, especially businesses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Telecommuting is an important aspect for these businesses - several employees live and work in other counties or states and aren't able or willing to move. As Lynn Manternach, President of MindFire Communications states "What we do is so 'people-based' and we need the best talent. Sometimes the best talent is not in the same city where we have our office. You don't walk away from the talent."
In this article, discover why telecommuting is still alive and well for many businesses, especially for our customers. The one thread that keeps remote employees connected is bandwidth. Whether the team is on a teleconference call or a WebEx of data needs to be shared simultaneously, broadband is fueling those operations so productivity never stops moving.
Does your business have remote employees or the need to connect multiple sites? Make sure your business has enough bandwidth for all locations to access data in real time. Mediacom Business offers that link with internet speeds up to 1 Gig and beyond.
The rise in video popularity isn’t just regulated to mobile channels or devices. Video use within businesses is expected to continue to increase moving into 2019, as the percentages below translate:
The anticipated percentages highlight the ongoing and growing importance of video in the marketplace. Web conferencing, virtual/online curriculum in schools and tele-health services are all built upon video served via broadband. This technology has changed the way we effectively communicate with those around us, especially ones that are remote. Businesses of every sector at one point rely on video in order to collaborate with a perspective client, partner, customer, or colleague.
Video, Video, Everywhere
Video isn’t just useful for conducting meetings with internal and remote employees, 66% of higher education institutions also use video for remote students. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are taking the first steps into telemedicine, where physicians and patients are able to connect visually through video for consultations and even diagnosing symptoms; they are also using video to help educate others in their field.
Video allows the user to convey more emotion than an email, text message, or even a phone call, however assuming the current bandwidth solution is capable of supporting quality video will be a business’ first priority.
Video Needs Bandwidth
With all of the growing use cases for video, broadband networks need to be able to handle the amount of video that’s being utilized – and for these cutting-edge applications, the need is heavy. Businesses, especially ones outside the entertainment or consumer based industries, may have a tendency to underestimate the value or real use for video within their organization, and therefore not plan well enough for bandwidth to support this platform and other emerging technologies. Web conferences and video lectures, for example, at standard definition of viewing would need about 36 Gbps a month, while high definition grows to a usage of 156 Gbps a month on a network.
When you factor in multiple employees accessing and watching these lectures, either for training or education, spikes in bandwidth usage will occur. This coupled with day-to-day activities, such as email, web browsing, VoIP, cloud services and the like – can cause the experience of the dreaded bottle necked, slow network, halting productivity and effectively business itself. But this is not to be confused with the quality of your broadband provider; you simply may not have enough bandwidth to support the functions you are using, therefore causing the lag. The chart below shows the broadband levels needed to support video conferencing or screen sharing which is becoming the preferred method of taking “meetings” with business clients/prospects.
Time is a precious commodity in business. A downloaded replay would take only seconds to retrieve using Gigabit level fiber internet speeds versus the several minutes to hours it would take to access data with antiquated technology. When that's the case, wait time mounts when multiple employees are trying to access video material on a server at the same time and task completion is delayed.
Why Businesses Should Consider Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions
Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions offer businesses the opportunity to venture into new technologies – often ones that are critical to success. Using advanced platforms and applications can take your organization to that next level of innovation. But businesses need broadband capacity in order to do so and the fiber “pipe” delivers that space to utilize many different forms of data retrieval without maxing out the connection. It affords users to be online at the same time, accessing the same data. Gone is the worry of how many people are utilizing video on a daily basis. Streaming, downloads, and uploads won’t impede with cloud backups, regardless of the time of day or how many employees are in the office.
Take for example a school district in the Midwest who is a Mediacom Business customer. One of the district’s elementary school sites loved watching the daily process of a very popular live eagle cam. With all the classrooms wanting to play the content online at YouTube at the same time, the overload of usage completely disabled the data network. Not only did it block each classroom from viewing the eagle cam, but it prohibited other users from downloading online curriculum. The school's IT Director realized the need for more bandwidth to be split between these levels of usage, realizing even YouTube had its place as an important piece of the student’s learning process.
To find out how Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business can deliver the scalable broadband capacity your business needs to support video platforms, click here for a free consultation.
Scalability is a critical aspect to growth for every business. It determines how fast you can respond to change. And we know, change is the one constant in this digital economy we live in.
Even when positive, harnessing growth can sometimes be a challenge – how do you effectively prepare for what comes next? In gaining more clients or increasing employees and locations – a broadband connection can help handle the added influx of use and information. Being able to scale bandwidth easily allows a business to meet need and demand.
Or maybe you want to turn a business vision into a reality? While you reimagine your business plan, you don’t want to have to reimagine your network. Bandwidth should never be a bottleneck to progress. Mediacom Business’ internet speed tiers were designed for business sustainability and innovation. Best part, a speed boost is a phone call away because of the exclusive network infrastructure our broadband is built on. Technology is a gateway to increase productivity and efficiency – but when a business integrates new platforms and applications, they should always remember that usage is only as good as the broadband backbone behind it. The user experience behind the plan to grow your business should be backed by internet service that is fast, reliable and robust.
One of the key benefits of fiber-optic broadband solutions is not only the sheer speed but the scalability – there is no additional capital expenditure to turn up bandwidth. The throughput of the “fiber pipe” has virtually no limits. Many businesses move to this delivery mechanism because it gives them peace of mind that access to data is unlimited. When your business has a broadband solution that can conform along with you – the ability to be flexible and agile in unhindered.
Business owners may also consider the different aspects that make up their organization:
But there’s one aspect that many organizations may not consider when their business begins to experience growing pains – their bandwidth needs.
The Needs of the Many
Before the evolution of the internet, growth was handled by expanding the current office location. New customers could be handled by hiring more employees.
Technology has changed the business landscape, providing a multitude of different solutions and services to further business initiatives and goals. And while these tools and resources are beneficial at facilitating better communication and collaboration, the reliability of these tools operating the way a business intends is dependent on the type of bandwidth your organization is using. Why?
Let’s look at a common small business scenario – what once was a start-up venture of 10 people working out of a rented space, soon expands to a central building with 50 or more employees. Daily phone calls have now been replaced with video conferencing, while phone systems are now handled by VoIP (Voice over IP) solutions; no longer do co-workers need to run over to the next department for a file, it can be emailed or uploaded from the company server, so everyone can collaborate and work on it simultaneously. This scenario was the humble beginning of many popular brands – Microsoft, Apple, Walmart, McDonald’s, just to name a few.
But all these new innovations also require the bandwidth to support it. If your business operations begin to expand but you don’t have sufficient speeds to handle the change, you’ll notice the choke on operations – dropped calls over VoIP, disconnects during video conferencing, employees unable to retrieve files quickly enough to communicate appropriately.
Here’s an approximate chart of bandwidth use cases for businesses based on devices and users:
The more your business grows, the more your network needs to grow along with it. Gigabit+ fiber connections are one-way growth via multiple locations are leading organizations towards their bigger initiatives and goals because data is centralized no matter where employees sit, while also delivering the speed needed to access that data.
Scalability is a big win for businesses and turning up that bandwidth doesn’t need to be a hurdle when you can upgrade with the flip of a switch. Having the luxury of customizing your data usage and splitting bandwidth depending on business needs sets the stage for a solid foundation. Businesses are prepared for the needs today, knowing they will change tomorrow.
Technology is very much the cornerstone for growth particularly in the 1,500 rural communities we serve. It levels the playing field of competition because bandwidth is the great equalizer no matter a business location. It makes the world a much smaller place because you can be anywhere in the world via communications if you have adequate tools to do so.
Watch our latest Real Customer Story Video with the Missouri Innovation Center, an incubator that gives tech startups the tools & infrastructure to take their ideas to the next level. Using a Gigabit fiber-optic connection from Mediacom Business, incubator residents can seamlessly access big data in the cloud and share files with partners across the globe. They fully embrace change, and more importantly, they thrive on it.