The biggest drivers of bandwidth consumption

bandwidth consumption

Is slow internet connection a common complaint among your employees?

A slow internet connection can be a hassle, but there’s an easy way to solve this.

If you’re aware of the activities slowing down your bandwidth, you can change your usage and speed up your internet connection.

So take a look at some of the key culprits that are potentially slowing down your system.

Personal use

Employees spend a lot of time checking social media, chatting on instant messengers, or making calls through free instant messaging services . They may be using VoIP and while these things are free, they use up a lot of bandwidth.

Streaming

Whether your staff are streaming music, watching videos on Youtube or watching a film on Netflix during their lunch break, streaming media uses up huge amounts of bandwidth. Streaming videos consumes far more bandwidth than any other web services your staff are using.

Use of many devices

As technology advances, the number of devices we use also increases. Having just one laptop in the workplace is now a rarity and many employees will have multiple devices they are connecting to the internet.

There’s a high probability employees are connecting their personal devices too. By connecting their mobiles and tablets to the network, they save using up their data, but this puts a greater strain on the bandwidth.

Email

Employees may find it easy and convenient to send each other large attachments via email, but this will slow down your connection.

It’s likely that spam is also slowing down your system. Every megabyte of mail traffic comes with twice as much spam, which reduces the ability of your connection to support thousands of employees down to a few hundred employees.

Video conferencing

Video conferencing allows people to work from anywhere and have meetings with people no matter what their location. As the way we work has become more flexible, the popularity of video conferencing has increased.

Video conferences use anything from 128 Kbps to 20 Mbps. So, even though it allows you to connect with people around the world, it’s also eating through your bandwidth.

The Cloud

The Cloud is changing the way bandwidth is used. It may free up space on your employee’s hard drives, but the more your employees use it, the more bandwidth it consumes.

While Cloud computing improve the interconnectedness of your system, it can slow down how quickly your employees are able to access their data if the bandwidth can’t keep up.

For more information about Cloud solutions, click here.

So what can you do to speed up your connection?

Take a look at how much bandwidth your business is using and assess whether you need to reduce the amount you pay for, or increase it.

Also, work out how many employees are using it in the office and the amount of time they spend online.

Bandwidth needs depend on how many people are using it plus the number of devices connected to your network. So an easy way to find out this information is to send out an employee survey.

Consider letting your employees work remotely or from home, as this will mean there are less employees to use the bandwidth in the office.

If you use the Cloud, make sure you match your network capacity with your bandwidth needs so your connection doesn’t suffer.

For more information on finding the right connectivity solution for your business, click here.

If you’d need IT support or you’d like some advice on how to improve your connection, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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