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When the Lights Go Out: Cellular Internet Backup

By now, you should know that your files and your PC should be backed up so that you don’t lose or get locked out of any mission-critical data. Now it’s time to consider backing up your internet connection.

Some organizations with high internet usage choose to have more than one hardlined internet connection. That way, if one goes out, they’re not completely incapacitated. But for some businesses, it just wouldn’t make fiscal sense to have a secondary internet connection.  Not when there is another cost-effective and effective-effective way to keep your business running smoothly.

If and when your hardlined internet connection fails or power goes out, you can utilize your organization’s cellular carrier as a wireless backup. If you’ve ever used your phone as a hotspot, this type of wireless backup functions very similarly, but with more power. The service provider can install a cellular wireless router with a SIM card so you can pull WIFI from it. If a storm knocks out your power, you won’t lose an entire afternoon getting back up and running.

There will be some upfront fees, such as the LTE compatible router or professional installation, but cellular internet backup can cost less than half of what you’d pay for a second dedicated internet hardline. You can look at this type of backup internet as insurance. You hope you don’t have to use it, but if the need arises, you’re going to be glad you’ve got it. 

If one or more of your essential business elements requires an uninterrupted internet connection, you should consider cellular backup. For example, if your organization utilizes any sort of e-commerce, then a lack of internet could be devastating, leaving orders to pile up. Even if all you’re using it for is to check and respond to emails, not having access is enough to cause problems.

This kind of backup is especially important for any company that uses VoIP for their phone systems. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) offers plenty of benefits in terms of functionality and interface, but if you have no internet, you have no phone system. Whether you’re using VoIP internally or as a direct line to your clients, you don’t want to lose access to your method of communication. 

When the Internet Goes Out” sounds like a bad horror movie of the future, but the real terror could be your organization’s lost revenue due to an outage. Downtime can have a hefty effect on your budget and negative consequences for your business. Any time that your business isn’t functioning as intended is a lost opportunity for your bottom line. 

If you want to make sure you won’t lose your internet connection when you need it most, contact us to see how we can help.

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