is 12 mb broadband enough for business use?

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  • 5 months ago

    Is 12 millibit (mb) your monthly allowance, or are you asking about mbps (millibits/second).

    Nowadays, you probably want about 5 billion times more speed for many types of business venture, and depending where you live, the costs of 60 Mbps (Megabits/second) Internet may not be much different from lower speeds such as 12 Mbps. Note: milli (m) versus Mega (M) - units matter.

    Even if you can manage with 12 Mbps now, in perhaps a couple of years time you will want a faster connection. An ADSL connection might get you up to just over 20 Mbps, but then you may need to pay for a connection upgrade, which might mean paying more in the long run.

  • SRΛSC
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    5 months ago

    That's a bit on the slow side in this day & age, but depending on your needs it should be ok.

  • 5 months ago

    It depends. Where you really need high broadband speeds is if you have the need to download large files or upload files quickly. If you need it just to access web pages, 12mb is over kill. The other area that can get affected is video streaming, but 12mb is generally plenty for this as well. When we were down at 3mb/s it caused some videos to buffer (freeze while waiting for the data to catch up).

  • 5 months ago

    Depends on the size of the business. It would be sufficient for a small office with a handful of employees and most of their applications run locally (not over the broadband.)

    It would not be sufficient if your use hosted (on the Internet) applications, have more that about 5 to 10 employees or share applications across more than one location.

    I do the IT work for a medical practice that has four sites (with one having just added a 40,000 sq foot expansion) that has four different 100 GB fiber circuits connecting them. We could not function on 12 MB of bandwidth.

    We would need a lot more detail about the company to know if 12 MB would neet your needs.

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  • 5 months ago

    Depends on your business.

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