Once you’ve bought or leased your new corporate office space, the next question is – how will you get connected? It’s crucial to get your Internet service set up as swiftly as possible, so your team can get back to business with minimal downtime.
Comparing and choosing a business Internet service provider in Australia can be a challenging task. So if there is no one in-house to project manage the Internet installation, consider outsourcing to a savvy IT team like Stanfield IT.
Consider this checklist when choosing your Internet plan and provider:
Which Internet providers service your area?
Telstra, Optus, AAPT, and TPG are now the top-tier service providers in Australia, with a suite of solutions for big businesses. Your office location is likely to be serviced by most – if not all – of these, but it is still a good idea to check.
Have you considered third party providers?
Don’t want to deal directly with your Internet service provider? You don’t have to! Companies like Woffle will work with them on your behalf, saving you time and getting you back online faster when things go wrong.
What speed do you need?
If you have a few office staff and low demand, an ADSL connection may suffice. But if you have a bigger team and heavy demands on online tools, look at a business grade Internet solution like SHDSL. It has a guaranteed speed starting at 2Mbits per second up to about 20Mbits both ways or symmetrical. Fiber can deliver speeds starting at 1Mbits going up to hundreds of Mbits per second or even speeds as high as 1Gbit and beyond.
How will you connect?
Do you need to connect with another office or site to access services and servers? If so, what are the requirements for that dedicated connection or VPN?
Are you dependent on your Internet connection?
Is your Internet connection essential to your business? Then you may need a redundant link aggregated or as a fail over, to give you greater bandwidth when you need it and maintain the connection if it goes down. What device do you need to manage this?
Have you considered fiber Internet?
In some areas of Australia, fiber Internet is very affordable – especially if a service provider already has a fiber connection in your building. That speed does come at a cost – tens of thousands of dollars for installation; and if it’s not already installed in the street the bill can run into the hundreds of thousands!
Can you access the National Broadband Network (NBN)?
The NBN has been very slow to roll out and still isn’t available in many areas; but it’s worth checking if your new office can connect as it promises a superior service.
Do you have an Internet connection deadline?
It can take weeks to install an Internet connection. Often the service provider will estimate 20 business days, but it sometimes takes longer if lines or availability in your local exchange is lacking. Add a buffer so your new office is connected from day one.
How will your office phones connect?
Will your telephone system work over the Internet using VoIP, or will each handset have a dedicated line or Internet connection?
What device will manage your Internet connection?
You’ll need a router and or a unified threat management device to protect your users and services.
Should you move your servers?
Before moving into your new office, it can be wise to move your servers to a data centre, to take the pressure off when you move.
Who will manage your Internet service setup?
Do you have someone in-house to setup and connect the Internet to the internal network, or will you outsource the project?
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when setting up your new corporate office.
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