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Could Your Business Cope Without the Internet?


24 October 2016

The internet is no longer a luxury, but an essential item both at home and in the office. It connects us to the outside world but is also connects various departments to one another too.

For some businesses with a main hub and remote working locations, the internet can be the main means by which people stay connected.

The thought of losing internet connection sends shivers down the spine of any CEO or business owner. It means a chronic lack of connectivity and also the path by which most people buy from you, is effectively shut.

There are two responses to this scenario…

#1 It’ll never happen

Possibly the most dangerous response from any business is that they assume it will never happen. In some ways, you can be forgiven for thinking this.

In this day and age, internet connections tend to be reliable. Incidences of the internet going down and not coming back for days of weeks on end are unheard of but sporadic, short losses of internet connectivity are not unheard of.

And yet, back in February 2016, BT was forced to apologise after tens of thousands of customers suffered an outage of broadband. TalkTalk, another major provider, was hacked presenting security risks to both customer details and provision of broadband.

Hiding your head in the sand, and hoping or assuming that a loss of internet will not happen leaves your business vulnerable in the event of when it does happen.

#2 We have other options

The days of dial-up internet are long gone, with wireless broadband connections replacing it. However, there are other means of accessing the web so that in the event you do lose an internet connection, you have other options;

  • Data – on mobile phone and/or tablets, most people will have packages that include a monthly data allowance. On business packages, data can also be included and this makes perfect sense when employees are working away from the main base. The use of data means that you can still access email accounts, as well as documents and files shared on cloud-based services.
  • Tethering – this is also known as hot spots. Using the data on your mobile phone, another device can be connected so that it can use its connection to the web. For example, on a laptop with a wireless connectivity, it can be tethered to a mobile phone and use its data. It is also possible to do this for a network between devices too, important if you need to access data or files on another part of your internal network.
  • Wi-Fi hotspots – there are also plenty of Wi-Fi hotspots to which employees could connect their phones, laptops, tablets etc. to do all the important stuff that they need to.

In summary

Planning for when the internet goes down is essential for any business. Understanding how much of your business relies on the internet is the first, the second is to be proactive in securing a reliable broadband provider too. Please contact Clyde Solutions to discuss your requirements.



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