We're moving our business in just over a month and I'm slowly reading through every UFB Business plans. But plan info can only tell you so much and sometimes I just have to ask fellow geeks here to see what they recommend or both.
We're currently on a Vibe based connection which runs via ethernet to a server room they have in the building (they used to based here). It's been super reliable with 1ms Ping and 93 down/94 up on our 100/100 connection. We do unfortunately have to pay for data overage which can be costly sometimes (we do video production). Theres only 5 of us on staff (I'm boss and IT Dept) so we're not a massive organisation and really only need reliable, fast internet (HA!) and 1 or 2 phone lines.
I've had a look at MyRepublic and they offer a couple of good services both 200/200 but one being 3x(ish) the price but is Bitstream 3 over Bitstream 2. I'd hate to loose the internet for any length of time and higher priority fixes is good and also I believe you actually get the speed you pay for. Is this actually the case? Vibe said UFB isn't exactly saturated so Bitstream 2A, which they offer, will be almost the same.
This brings me to VOIP. MyRepublics Voice offerings are basic - basically they'll supply 1 or 2 lines to the building and you have to supply the PABX/VOIP server/phones. I see there a providers who will supply a cloud based VOIP system that looks to offer some nice features at a relatively low monthly price. The main thing is the ability to transfer calls from one phone to the next and ideally not crappy handsets (currently we use atcom phones and they SUCK).
I'd hate to get lazy/overwhelmed and just do a whole bundle with Spark or similar. In a dream world I'd just get a bigpipe connection as I do at home - cheap and good.
Anyway appreciate any feedback or thoughts on this.
- Is BitStream3 worth the extra expense?
- Recommended ISP that offer Bitstream3? Price/Upload speed/Data Cap is important.
- Recommended VOIP provider. A friend is using 2talk and their cloud PABX which seems nice. Thoughts?