Connectivity Considerations: A Practical Network Setup Guide for Small Businesses and Start-Ups
By Steve Briggs, Chief Commercial Officer at SEACOM
At the core of our work and social lives, connectivity and online functions like email, e-commerce, apps, and instant messaging, seem to dominate everything we do in the modern world. Made even more apparent by the lockdown and its restrictions, few businesses can trade effectively without connectivity, and a reliable data network has become a must-have for all businesses, regardless of size or sector.
When it comes to small businesses, a few desktops connected to a modest file server just doesn’t cut it anymore – tapping into advanced computing and networking technology is just as important for SMEs and start-ups as it is for large enterprises and multinational corporations.
Connectivity opens endless doors, enabling scalable growth for small businesses. Setting up a connected network is not only key for communication between employees and customers, and coordinating a company with email, social media, apps, chat, and online meetings, but it also allows for easy access to core business operations like analytics, tracking and budgets.
Finding new ways to leverage connectivity to get more done and be more efficient is a sure-fire way to set your business apart from competitors. However, ill-informed decisions and careless actions can have negative implications on your business for years to come.
Getting your small business network right is critical, so let’s explore the various options available before you jump in.
Determining your business needs
A good starting point is to consider your unique business needs before investing money and time into building the ideal IT network for your small business. What are your connectivity needs right now, and how could these change in in the next few years? Your network will need to grow as your company does, so it’s important to think about the future and an expanded network that can keep up with your evolving demands.
Evaluate your office space and current setup, the number and kinds of devices your company uses, the applications your employees run, and the levels of access you’ll need for security purposes.
Deciding between 4G or 5G
Fifth-generation wireless technology is gaining momentum and for good reason – faster download and upload speeds, more efficient networks, theoretically allowing for lower overheads and a boost in