You’d think that a small business with a handful of employees could get by with less speed, but what if they’re transferring gigantic files and video conferencing all day? Likewise, 50 employees doing little more than trading emails and cat GIFs probably don’t need 500 Mbps of bandwidth, no matter how cute the kitties are.
Determine your business’s high-speed internet service requirements first so you don’t end up paying for too much or getting stuck with too little. One thing worth noting is that fiber internet’s upload speeds are often equal to its download speeds—a huge advantage over DSL and cable for data transfers. With all types of connections, costs go up concurrently with speed, so here are some standard plan bandwidth numbers to consider:
- 15–25 Mbps: If you’re running a small operation of one or two employees conducting basic internet business via web browsing and email, with light file transferring, speeds of 15 to 25 Mbps will suffice.
- 25–50 Mbps: A five-person office could conduct large file transfers and point-of-sale transactions more easily within the speed range of 25 to 50 Mbps. Video conferencing and other communications would also run more smoothly.
- 50–75 Mbps: Multiple employees (seven and up) would be able to collaborate online with fewer glitches at 50 to 75 Mbps, which is helpful for remote workers. Data backup capability and increased transfer stability are also a plus.
- 75–100 Mbps: For businesses with a lower double-digit employee count, 75 to 100 Mbps is a sweet-spot bandwidth range that can also handle heavy audio and video streaming communications, as well as crowded Wi-Fi usage.
- 100–150 Mbps: For a rapidly growing business, somewhere within the 100 to 150 Mbps range is good for accommodating more internet demand—such as web hosting, e-commerce, and increased data usage—and more personnel.
- 150–500 Mbps: With this much speed, you can achieve all of the above and accommodate increasing employee counts and data demands. In fiber-served areas, there are even more serious 500 Mbps to 1 Gbps plans available.