Bandwidth for Today’s Business

By: Scott Sinclair

Today’s minimum bandwidth for businesses is 10Mbps versus yesterday’s 1.5Mbps, but don’t jump too fast to 10Mbps. Why? Because we are seeing a much more compelling, long term business case for making 20Mbps the new minimum bandwidth choice. As fast as businesses are realizing that their current 1.5Mbps T1 is obsolete, many others are realizing that 10Mbps is inadequate for cloud based software applications and servers. The 20Mbps option is normally only a few hundred dollars more than 10Mbps and it gives you much more headroom to make servers and applications cloud based without the bottlenecks.

Cable and DSL asynchronous high bandwidth options are not suitable for long term, high demand bandwidth needs. They may temporarily give you a reprieve over your current T1, but these products have serious upload issues. With cloud based applications, servers and hosted phone systems, you are only as good as your weakest link.

When you are shopping for more bandwidth consider the following:

  • Service Level Agreements (SLA’s)
  • Quality of Service (QoS) – Especially if using VoIP from site-to-site
  • Copper vs. Fiber
  • Cloud based computing options
  • Security and Private Network Architecture
  • Upload and Download bandwidth limitations

If you are currently bonding T1’s in order to get more guaranteed bandwidth, you are a candidate for 10 to 20Mbps of ethernet access. For more information visit us at