Do you need superfast broadband to work from home? (Guest Blog)

If you’re starting up your own business or considering working from home, efficient communication is likely to be one of your prime concerns. And with email and file transfers being key to many home workers, broadband is at the centre of any debate.

While most of us can get some sort of broadband in our homes, more than 50 per cent of the UK’s population now has access to superfast (or ‘fibre’) broadband too. We’ve had virgin Media’s cable network pumping out 50Mb-plus speeds for some time now, while BT’s fibre network is growing fast and offering similar speeds – which are two to five times what the old ADSL broadband could offer. But do you need these increased speeds?

The case ‘for’ superfast broadband

There is no doubt that fibre is the future of broadband. Both download and upload speeds are dramatically increased, so if you’re going to be up or downloading a lot of large files you’ll be a lot better off with a fibre connection.

The same goes for any kind of streaming; this could be uploading or downloading video content, or using services such as video conferencing or VoIP calling (VoIP stands for ‘voice over IP’ and includes services such as Skype, which take your telephone conversations away from your handset and onto the internet).

If you’re going to be using multiple services, or indeed machines, superfast broadband will also be a boon. Especially over WiFi, where speeds tend to slow anyway, having multiple devices fighting for your broadband signal can slow everything down considerably. And don’t just think about your business; if working from home, will other people be slowing down that connection?

Finally, where available, order adderall online pharmacy you’ll find superfast services aren’t that much more expensive than their slower counterparts. Add to this the extras you can enjoy, such as internet based television services, it can be a small price to pay for an increased quality of both life and work.

The case ‘against’

If you’re working home alone in a business that isn’t reliant on large files or a fast connection, the chances are you can live without superfast broadband. And even if you do need a lot of access to the internet, clever management can get you a long way.

As cloud services improve, the need to download masses of content to your home device are diminishing for many. And, more importantly, you can often leave things uploading or downloading overnight; with most broadband providers you’ll see a spike in speeds after midnight when the services are being used by less customers.

For many home workers, broadband is going to be largely used for accessing email and websites. You only need a very slow connection to do these tasks efficiently, especially if you only have one to two devices connected, so you’re unlikely to even notice you have slow speeds.

If you’re unsure whether you’ll need a superfast broadband connection, we’d suggest signing up with a broadband provider who can offer these services in your area – but sign up to a slower tariff. This way, if you find your broadband speed isn’t meeting your business needs, you can simply upgrade; you’ll never find your ISP turning you down if you want to move onto a more expensive package!

Author Bio: Rob Hilborn contributes this article on behalf of the broadband comparison site Broadband Genie