How streaming Wimbledon can impact your business broadband connection

Nomis Connections looks at the effect that streaming Wimbledon, and other sporting events, has on your business broadband connection.

The summer of sport has arrived in the UK once again. Throughout this time, people across the UK will watch Wimbledon, and other sporting events, by streaming matches over the internet – using services like the BBC’s iPlayer.

Events such as Wimbledon take place during the working week, as well as weekends. This means staff may be inclined to stream matches from the office. In some circumstances, this has the potential to slow other business-critical services, because of increased demand on your bandwidth.

Allowing staff to stream matches also risk going over their monthly download limit. Thankfully, Nomis Connections can help you minimise any potential disruption, alongside the risk of exceeding your download cap.

Streaming is a bandwidth-heavy service by nature, and having multiple streams at once can multiply the effect it has on your connection. Multiple streams can impact on business-critical processes, slowing data transfer between your office and cloud services (hosted servers and CRM systems, for example).

Holding up such services is likely to frustrate your staff, and reduce their productivity as task completion times increase.

Streaming is likely to have a greater effect on lower bandwidth broadband connections, but we do advise you to consider your situation, and internal policy, individually. If your broadband handles your calls through a VoIP system, as well as your data, and have a business-grade router, you can often use Quality of Service (QoS).

QoS can be activated by your router manager, and will prioritise voice traffic on your broadband connection. This ensures no call quality is lost due to other network activity.

If you’re looking at what you can do internally to minimise the risk of disruption, we suggest reviewing your web streaming policies during Wimbledon and similar events. If you’re confident that your broadband has sufficient bandwidth for business-critical services not to be affected, and accept that you may exceed your monthly usage, then there is little reason to act. However, Nomis broadband customers can be alerted when their usage reaches 60%, so you’re aware of the situation.

Should you decide to act to minimise the risk of slowing your processes and exceeding your cap, we suggest that you advise staff to not stream directly from their PCs and set up a stream in a communal area. This allows your staff can enjoy the summer of sport without impacting on business services.

If you do allow streaming, ensure that your staff stop the stream when not in use. Streams left running can use your monthly usage limits unnecessarily.

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