One of the many things I love about small business owners is that they are always striving to do things as well as they possibly can. They listen to customers, work closely with vendors, and give employees the freedom to make a difference.

Business owners also are continually looking for ways to be more efficient. Time saved means more time to work on company health and growth. That’s why office buildings around the country are replacing old copper wiring and coaxial cables with wireless and wireline fiber optic networks that give them transmission speeds 100 times faster than current broadband connections.

Nearly any type of business could benefit from this super-quick Internet access and get a cut above their competition. Here’s a look at some of the ways:

Transfer information quickly

Do you need to download or upload large data and image files or quickly send information to employees in another location? Fiber can help with these tasks. It can also enable high-quality video conferences that can strengthen your customer, peer, and supplier relationships.

Fiber helps in-building wireless equipment like Wi-Fi hotspots run at higher speeds, which can mean faster uploading and downloading speeds on mobile devices.

Enhance customer service

If you need to dependably enable shoppers to buy through your website, or even look at your wares online, fiber may be able to make that experience better. Ordering through your site may be faster, and images may load more quickly. It’s also easier to send large documents to suppliers, prospects, or customers.

Stay in touch easily

The ability to review, watch, and track information is central to success. These tasks can be greatly enhanced if your load speeds are blazing fast. As your business grows, the immense capacity will be able to accommodate your needs, making for one less thing you have to worry about.

Changes around the country are being made rapidly, as illustrated in this infographic. For example, AT&T has already upgraded more than 5,000 multi-tenant office buildings, making it available to 170,000 businesses around the country. That number is expected to grow to 1 million by the end of 2015.

Is your office wired for speed? I’d love to hear how your business has changed for the better. If you haven’t upgraded yet, talk to your building manager now about getting fiber installed. Leave your comment below.

 

Alice Bredin is America’s foremost small business expert, with more than 15 years of experience in the small business market. She has provided highly practical, actionable advice to millions of business owners through her books, syndicated newspaper column, radio commentary, and small business forums.