What symmetrical speed means for your business internet

With a symmetrical connection, you will not see internet bottlenecks, will experience faster uploads, and enjoy better access to the cloud.

According to a study conducted by the researchers at SanDisk, employees lose “one week per year of productivity” from slow internet connections. These small chunks of time waiting on your business internet connection significantly add up over the year.

This slowdown in productivity decreases overall morale within the company. A recent Gallup poll found 22 million actively disengaged employees cost the economy as much as $350 billion per year alone.

Fiber optics, however, can have a speed of 100 Mbps, which means you can download and upload files at a rate that eclipses many competitors.

Fiber-optic Internet is several times faster than even the highest-speed copper Internet connections, with options available that range from 5 Mbps to 100 Gbps. During periods of high demand for Internet access, your business should not notice the Internet slowing down.

When you are working in an office of any size, you are bound to have to deal with the ebbs and flows of coping with upload and download speeds. Just think about the time it takes to upload a large file or video to Youtube. Fiber optics allows us to work more efficiently because it gives you the same upload and download speed. This type of connection is called symmetrical speed.

Symmetrical speed is just as it seems — a connection with the same upload and download speeds. Meaning, if you have 100 Gbps of fiber internet connection, you will have 100 Gbps download AND upload speeds.

One may ask: is symmetric speed even necessary? While it is not critical for everyday use, it is highly beneficial for businesses.

Here are some of the top benefits of symmetrical speed:

Almost no internet bottlenecks. When you have the same upload and download speeds, usages such as large file transfers and calls will not put a strain on the network.

Uploads take less time. We have all been there before. It’s the end of the day, and you are trying to upload a large file to the cloud which is taking forever. With a symmetrical connection, you can upload that file at the same speed with which you were able to download it.

Better access to cloud services. What good is an application that you can’t use? Cloud-based applications, such as CRM or file sharing programs, are dependent on high upload speeds. With a symmetrical connection, you’ll have peace of mind that internet speed won’t impede the ability of cloud services your business is paying for.

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About Mike Wanta

Mike works on the Corporate Communications team at TDS and is the manager of the TDS Business Blog. He has a passion for all things business, storytelling, and teaching. Mike attended Edgewood College and earned degrees in English Literature and Journalism, while competing on the Men’s tennis team. He recently completed his Masters in Sustainability and Business. With his newfound free time, he plays music, tennis, and reads (a lot).

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