Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Tanzania normally offer their services based on one of 2 criteria; usage amount or bandwidth. Some might split their internet services for Residential vs Commercial users. 

It’s easy for people to understand when the internet packages are split based on usage. Once your data package is finished, the service continues at a lower guaranteed speed with reference to the package you have subscribed to. Additionally, we provide an options of topping up your data package at a rate of 2,000 Tzs per GB (Exclusive of Taxes).

What confuses many is understanding bandwidth. Is 1Mbps good enough for your home/office or do you need 10 Mbps? What’s the difference between the two? Which one works best with your internet habits? 

We aim to explain bandwidth, what it means and what speed works best for what scenario. 

What is Bandwidth? 

Bandwidth is a technical way of referring to internet speed. It represents the amount of  data that can be uploaded and downloaded in a second. 

The general metric used to measure internet speed by most ISPs is Mbps. The higher the Mbps number, the faster your internet is going to be.

Of course, there are other factors that will affect how fast your internet is going to be such as the number of users, the tasks being performed over the internet (streaming or video conferencing will consume more data than viewing emails and websites), and more.  

WHAT INTERNET PACKAGE WILL WORK FOR YOU?

Now that you understand what bandwidth is and how it works, let’s have a look at what internet package works best for you. To make it easier for you, we’re going to use our own internet packages as examples. 

We believe this will make your purchase decision easier. The last thing you want is to get an internet package that doesn’t meet your online requirements. 

BONUS PACKAGE

This works best for one to three-person households. This package has a 25 GB usage limit and a bandwidth of up to 10 Mbps. This package is suitable for very basic tasks such as email reading and browsing.

STARTER PACKAGE

This is best suited for residential homes and small businesses with no more than 5 users. This package has a 50 GB usage limit and a bandwidth of up to 10 Mbps. Basic browsing, social media browsing, and standard-quality streaming (480p).

BASIC PACKAGE

This package may not be appropiate for concurrently heavy internet users, Having said that, it might still work for your home/business. This package is available to small businesses and residential homes with 5 or more occupants.

The usage limit is 100 GB, with a maximum internet speed of 10 Mbps. As long as the internet isn't used for data-intensive tasks, this package should be sufficient. With this speed, you can do basic web browsing, high-definition (720p) streaming, and email. It can also support your online gaming and video conferencing needs.

PREFERED PACKAGE 

The package has a limit of 150 GB and bandwidth of up to 20 Mbps. With this, you can do normal day-to-day tasks like browsing the web and viewing emails, as well as more intensive tasks like video streaming in Full High Definition (1080p), online gaming, and video conferencing. The package's higher usage limit provides more wiggle room as well.

PREMIUM PACKAGE 

The premium package includes a usage limit of 250 GB and internet speed of up to 20 Mbps. This package is more inclined from small towards medium-sized businesses. The internet speed in this package allow you to run multiple online gaming streams, download large files, and stream in Ulta High Definition (4K) in addition to the usual web browsing, multiple simultaneous video conference calls, and email viewing.

PLUS PACKAGE

We may be biased, but 300 GB is a little excessive for residential users. This package may be suitable for more than 10-15 multiple concurrent high-volume internet users. It can also provide internet speeds of up to 20 Mbps. The usage limits allow for data-intensive tasks, and with the internet speed available, you can stream in Ultra High Definition (4K), use multiple video conferencing lines, perform cloud backups, and upload large files without issue, among other things.

GET IN TOUCH FOR FAST INTERNET SPEEDS !

Our expert team is always open for a consultation to help you get a package that meets your residential/business needs. Feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll answer any questions that you might have. 

The internet has brought with it plenty of benefits, but there are disadvantages involved as well. One of the benefits is the ease of sharing data through the internet. As more businesses rely on the internet in their daily operations, there is a higher need for data security. 

Business data is crucial as well as sensitive. As a business owner, you should take necessary steps to ensure that your data is safe. It does not matter whether you are a Small to Medium Enterprise or an established business, proactive steps need to be taken to keep your data safe.

Here are some measures you can take to keep your data safe online. 

1. Strong passwords are vital

It is important to ensure that everyone in your organization uses a secure password when accessing sites with company data, whether it’s accessing email accounts or shared cloud storage.

A password acts as a door that protects your crucial information online, so you need to make sure that this door is properly secured. 

It’s recommended to use a lengthy password that combines lower and uppercase letters as well as numbers and symbols. You get extra security if a different password is used to access different accounts and services associated with the company.

You can also utilize password managers like ‘Lastpass’ to help you generate and remember difficult passwords. 

2. Consider using two-step verification 

You should use two-factor authentication whenever possible. It provides an extra layer of security as it requires an extra step before logging into your account.

This extra step can be in the form of a verification code that is sent to your smartphone or a PIN sent to another device associated with the account that you are trying to access. 

Not all online services offer this extra layer of security, but if you ever find one that does, take advantage of it. 

illustration of how a vpn service works

3. Browse anonymously with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) 

A VPN is not a service that is commonly offered by many Internet Service Providers in Tanzania, but it is an important one when trying to keep your data safe online.

In theory, a VPN works by ensuring that your online data and communications are encrypted. This helps to protect your data from malicious activities such as data spying and taking data hostage. 

As an ISP in Tanzania, Blink offers a VPN service among many other provisions. Our VPN builds an encoded tunnel between your device and our servers, thereby encrypting and protecting your data from unwanted users.  

4. Make sure all devices in your office are encrypted

You can take an additional step towards data security by ensuring that all devices in your office, from mobile phones to laptops, are encrypted and secured with strong passwords. You also need to make sure that unauthorized visitors are prohibited in your office space.

Have measures in place for employees that are no longer with the company to revoke their access to shared cloud storage files and passwords. Make sure that access to company data is restricted as soon as an employee’s time with the company is up.

5. Educate your Employees

Implementing the above steps is well and good, but it will not add any value if your employees are not educated on possible threats that can come as a result of using the internet.

While they may have general knowledge about internet security, new techniques for data attacks are constantly invented. For instance, there has recently been an uptick in phishing attacks.

It is important that training is provided to your employees by the  appropriate IT manager or a cybersecurity expert to keep them informed of recent threats to online security and how to remain safe online. 

Training can include how to detect signs of security breaches such as phishing emails, what to do or not to do when they detect a possible threat and reporting suspicious emails to the appropriate departments to name a few.   

Conclusion

Implementing the steps above are going to go a long way in making your business data safe online. Our VPN service is top-notch and will ensure your data and communications are safe. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how a VPN can be utilized in your specific business settings.