To cap or not to cap? That is a question many businesses ponder as they consider their ADSL options. Andre Joubert, GM of MWEB Business says the answer to that question will depend on each business's individual situation and requirements.
"There is no right or wrong when it comes to a capped or uncapped solution. However, businesses must ensure that they understand what they will ultimately be paying for because not all uncapped - or capped - solutions deliver the same level of performance, even if they appear to offer the same specifications."
There are three issues that businesses need to weigh against each other before making a decision: speed, capacity and budget.
According to Joubert, if budget is an issue and speed is more important to you than capacity, then a capped solution - what MWEB Business provides as a Fixed IP solution - might be the answer.
"That's provided you know how much capacity your business requires each month," he adds.
"However, if staying within the cap requires you to monitor employee Internet usage and place restrictions on this, it could impact negatively on their productivity or creativity."
If you don't know how much capacity your business needs every month, or you want to explore applications such as online education, or you want to back-up your data more regularly and budget isn't too much of an issue, then an uncapped, unshaped and unthrottled business solution is clearly the answer.
According to Joubert, MWEB Business understands that connectivity is crucial for most businesses and recommends that businesses follow the following basic guidelines when deciding whether to cap or not to cap:
· When in doubt and capacity is a priority, go for uncapped, unshaped and unthrottled.
· If you have a large number of employees, there is no question that uncapped, unshaped and unthrottled is best.
· Ensure that you are comparing apples with apples when shopping for a connectivity solution.
"Ultimately, businesses need planning and foresight to get what is best for their operation in terms of functionality and price. MWEB Business has a competitively priced product option that will suit your needs regardless of which way you need to go," Joubert concludes.
About MWEB Business
Founded in January 1998 as the business division of MWEB, MWEB Business provides comprehensive solutions in areas of Internet Access, Application Services, network support and consultancy services to businesses. We are dedicated to helping our business clients leverage the power of the Internet by providing a comprehensive solution for all their Internet needs along with the expertise and skills to successfully implement their ventures online. MWEB Business has provided Internet services to 8 000 business clients, including Pick 'n Pay, Mango, FlySAA, Netflorist, and many more.