New lease of life for smaller users
SMALL to medium-sized companies using the Internet as a business tool should upgrade their connections as they grow. In the past, dial-up, use-as-you-need access was adequate for most smaller companies but a growth in online activity means they need to be connected all the time to stay competitive.
"Small to medium-sized organisations that are using the Internet as a business tool, and are connected via a modem, are not taking full advantage of the potential of the Internet," says Tony Walt, corporate sales consultant at Internet Solutions.
"In the South African business context, one of the most important strategic advantages is responsiveness.
"A cyber pecking order is emerging and companies with high-speed connections are taken more seriously than those without."
In many cases, a small business will start off with a dial-up modem connection. As their usage of the Internet increases, so the dial-up connection becomes inadequate and they begin to explore other options. One is the leased line - an open pipe to a service provider that gives around-the-clock connectivity.
The entry level leased line can cost as little as R1 500 a month.