New research shows networks improving in reliability

New research shows networks improving in reliability

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New research has shown that small businesses can expect more reliability from their networks, but a number of issues persist.

The data, from Computing, has shown that networks are much more reliable than in recent years, but further improvements are required to minimise problems in the future.

According to the technology website, pressures from real-time applications and cloud mean small companies can't be complacent when it comes to their networks.

The study, which focused on smaller companies with between 30 and 500 employees, looked at the problems and successes they have had with networks. It found that more than a quarter (26 per cent) had never experienced a drop in service from their provider, while nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) said such events were limited to once or twice a year.

Historically, wireless networks have been hampered by a number of problems, from bottlenecks of speed to complete drops in service. However, the research from Computing suggests that these issues are becoming increasingly rarer for small businesses, allowing them to be more productive and further encourage growth.

Now providers are much better placed to keep up with demand from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), thanks to improvements in design, resilience and wireless connectivity standards. This has all led to an improvement in speed, reliability and range for companies of this size.

The study found that more than a third (35 per cent) of small businesses included in the research have switched to the high-throughput 802.11ac wireless protocol to further improve their network.

However, there are still problems that continue to exist for companies of this size when it comes to their networks. In its survey, Computing found that performance and security were the main issues, while availability was also cited as a significant problem.

Recent research from YouGov found that more than half (65 per cent) of small companies are being held back by technology problems, suggesting that having a reliable network could have a considerable impact on the wider business world.

It found that many small companies wanted to grow, two-thirds (63 per cent) of respondents said they would like to improve their company's productivity, but only around a third had a relevant plan in place.

Of 1,000 small businesses, nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) were found not to be making the most of technology. Although many had the aim of furthering growth, a number lacked the knowledge to realise their potential, highlighting the importance of consulting professionals and specialists.

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