Whether at home or in the office, most Americans have experienced the frustration that can come with a slow internet connection during a video call. Frozen video feeds, heavily distorted words (and even impossible-to-understand conversations), active participants simply dropping off the call; these are just a few of the problems that can plague a Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or Webex call when internet speeds are slow. And such issues can be especially worrisome in the office, where clear conversations are critical to team productivity and (maybe even more importantly) to consumer impressions of the business.
For businesses considering making an upgrade to the quality of their videoconferencing with a faster internet connection, here are six significant improvements to keep in mind:
- Added Clarity: Of course, with faster internet speeds and more bandwidth, the lags, slowdowns and shutdowns that are all too frequently encountered when making video calls with an insufficient internet connection become things of the past. Videoconference communications become clearer, call participants’ levels of understanding rise and frustration levels drop.
- Increased Productivity: With faster internet speeds, less time is spent asking “What’s that?” and “Could you say that one more time, please?” on video calls. And this, combined with an elevated understanding of what is being said on the calls, helps teams of workers boost their productivity levels. This is both a result of having more time on their hands to devote to their actual work and of getting their work done right the first time because they could better understand any directions given during the videoconference.
- Reduced Costs: The initial investment for faster internet speeds plus the upgraded equipment such as higher-end routers needed to support them can be moderately expensive for a business. But especially as time passes and more work gets done because of the increased internet speeds, having an upgraded internet connection can actually lead to substantial savings for the business down the road.
- Better Collaboration: Faster internet speeds make it easier to send and download files or to share them via the cloud. And because of all of this, the quality of remote collaboration among a business’s employees rises when the internet speeds do.
- Better Customer and Colleague Impressions: When a business’s videoconferences suffer from lags, slowdowns, and shutdowns, it doesn’t project an especially professional image. But when workers can smoothly meet with customers, remote colleagues and other professional associates via a videoconference that is using high-speed internet, the impression of the business that is conveyed is a much better one.
- HD Support: When video calls are conducted using slower internet speeds, the videoconferencing platform must reduce participants’ video-feed resolutions in order to avoid slowdowns and keep the meeting on track. But with high-speed internet, high-definition videoconferencing becomes a much more feasible possibility. And when a videoconference is conducted in HD, it provides sharper, clearer video feeds, supporting an enhanced meeting experience for all involved.
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