Why Switch to Cloud Storage?

Over the years, mainstream bulky physical data storage methods have quickly been outranked by innovative cloud storage.

Cloud storage has grown increasingly popular as more and more businesses are switching from local data storage to this new method due to its multiple advantages and low maintenance requirements. 

The technicalities and risks of hardware data saving are behind us as cloud storage takes centre stage. It can also run on satellite internet, making it accessible anywhere you are. 

Advantages of Cloud Storage

1 Low Cost

Cloud storage is a perfect alternative for businesses needing to backup large amounts of data and cut cost at the same time. Providers can offer you packages at a low cost per gigabyte.

However, the cost reducing effect of cloud storage does not stop there. Due to its online system, businesses can lower their expenses in terms of purchasing hard disks, enclosures, hardware warranties, and staff to install and manage data centres. A business would no longer need these things while using the cloud. 

2 Low Maintenance

Cloud storage is also a low maintenance option for those who have more important business matters to handle. There is no more a need for manual updates, troubleshoots and maintenance, as with cloud storage, your provider updates and maintains your server, its data and application software at optimal condition at all times. 

This low maintenance option is also ideal for small and large businesses as it renders their need to invest in large data centres to store their information almost obsolete and at a fraction of the cost.

3 Low Chances of Data Loss

Data stored on a hard disk or hardware is vulnerable to a consequent amount of external threats, such as theft, physical damage, natural elements, wear and tear, as well as, potential viruses. They are, thus, unreliable devices for data storage due to their short lifespan.

However, methods of data collection such as the cloud are increasingly safe and reliable against threats of data loss. The internet-accessed storage uses a replica method to ensure all your backups are protected and can be accessed at all times.

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4 Accessibility

Due to its online presence, cloud storage can be accessed from anywhere. All you need is a proper internet connection and you are good to go. With the right identifications and credentials, your internet-based storage can be accessed at any time from any device. 

Beyond your personal use, this also means that other essential staff members to your business can access the information remotely, thus moving towards a more efficient workflow. This is a time saving tool allowing you to work and access your data at any time, wherever you are. 

5 Ransomware Protection

Ransomware refers to malware which threatens to publish or block indefinitely access to a person’s data unless a ransom is paid. Although a noticeable decline has been observed in recent years, this type of malware remains a considerable threat for businesses using local storage. 

Hackers infect your devices with spam email containing viruses or by exploiting holes in the security of your device.

On the other hand, though cloud storage is not entirely immune to such threats, the methods of protection and strategies for the recovery of data are much more feasible than for the traditional hard disks.

Versioning is one of the easiest and most commonly used methods of recovering data in cases of ransomware.

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Satellite Internet: A Perfect Option to Run your Cloud

Satellite Internet is an ideal form of connectivity to access cloud storage especially for those in rural and hard-to-reach areas where the installation of other forms of broadband can be time-consuming and extremely costly. 

Furthermore, satellite internet offers reliable, high-speed access and only takes a couple of hours to install. All these factors make satellite internet a great option for the safe and efficient running of your cloud storage. 

This type of connection is significantly less subject to network outages compared to other forms of broadband, thus ensuring timely back-ups of data and easy access at any time of the day. 

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IS SATELLITE INTERNET THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU?

Not sure this is the best option for you? For more information, contact our expert team will gladly assist you and answer any queries you might have about satellite internet and cloud storage options. At Blink, we are here to help you find the best solutions for your business.

What Internet Package Works Best For You?

Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Tanzania normally offer their services based on one of 2 criteria; usage amount or bandwidth. There are also some that 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 usage crosses over a certain amount, the service is stopped. For instance, the Bonus package has a 50 GB limit, once that’s crossed, service will stop and you’ll be required to pay to increase the limit and keep your connection active. 

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 needs. 

STARTER PACKAGE

This works best for residential homes and small businesses that have no greater than 5 employees. This package has a usage limit of 50 GB and bandwidth of up to 2 Mbps. At this speed, you can do normal browsing, cloud backups and upload large files without issue. This package can also work for online gaming and video conferencing under certain circumstances. 

BASIC PACKAGE

Small businesses and residential homes with 5 people or more can take advantage of this package. The usage limit is 100 GB and the internet speed is up to 2 Mbps. As long as the internet isn’t being used for data heavy tasks, then this package should be fine. With this speed, you can do basic web browsing and email. You might struggle with large downloads and video streaming. 

PREFERED PACKAGE 

The package has a limit of 150 GB and bandwidth of up to 3 Mbps. With this you can do the usual day to day activities such as browsing the web, viewing emails and do more heavy duty tasks such as video streaming at standard definition as well as online gaming and video conferencing. The higher usage limit of the package gives more wiggle room as well.

PREMIUM PACKAGE 

The premium package offers a 250 GB usage limit and internet speeds of up to 4 Mbps. This package might not be suitable for concurrent heavy internet users. With that said, it could still work for your home/business. The internet speeds in this package gives you the ability to do online gaming, downloading large files, stream High Definition (HD) videos at720p alongside the usual like browsing the web and viewing emails.

PLUS PACKAGE

We might be biased but 300 GB is a bit too much for residential users. This package is more inclined towards small to medium sized businesses. It also offers internet speeds of up to 5 Mbps. The usage limits allows for data heavy tasks and with internet speeds offered you can stream HD video, video conferencing among many other things. 

PRO PACKAGE 

The second highest package we offer, you’ll get 400 GB and bandwidth of up to 10 Mbps. Quite fast if we do say so ourselves. This package is built with businesses in mind. You can do high quality video conferencing, share large files within a network and more. 

UNLIMITED PACKAGE

The unlimited package is the highest package we offer. It gives you the freedom for your business to meet its online goals and needs. This package is built for large corporations whose needs might not exactly fit in our other packages. You get unlimited speed and usage limit.

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. 

How to Keep Your Business Safe Online

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.

How 5G Will Change The Way We Use The Internet.

Before delving into 5G, there is a need to understand the technology that is soon to takeover the world and possibly improve high speed internet in rural areas and urban areas.

The term 5G stands for “fifth generation” cellular technology. Generations are used to describe the minimum speed, connectivity and reliability of each network. The higher the generation, the faster the connection. 1G allowed us to make calls, 2G brought text messaging, 3G introduced broadband and internet connection.

The recent 4G/LTE made an advancement from 3G and made internet connectivity a lot faster. It made it possible to provide high speed internet in rural areas. 5G is the set of standards adopted as the next step from 4G LTE connections. We expect 5G to be rolled out in 2020 and revolutionize the way devices connect to the internet and to each other.

From a peak speed perspective, that is when the connection has no interference and performs at its optimum, 5G is about 20 times faster than 4GLTE. 5G connections will have speeds of up to 20 gbps while 4G LTE provides speeds of about 1 gbps a second.

Apart from speed, 5G has low latency-rate which refers to the amount of delay between sending and receiving information. The current 4G has about 100-200 milliseconds of latency while 5G is expected to get the latency rates down to 1 millisecond, that’s almost a real-time interaction.

How will 5G change our lives?

With high-speed and low latency rates, this is how 5G will change the way we use the internet.

Entertainment

Gaming and streaming will never be the same as 5G will bring real-time feedback, and lag-free experience. Videos will stream seamlessly and movie downloads will be 20 times faster. Social media browsing, gaming, and music streaming will be instant.

With 5G, users will not necessarily have to download programs and apps, since 5G will allow usage of web apps , saving storage space on your devices. Usage of web-based apps will become smooth and instant and data can be easily saved on cloud-based services, requiring little storage on your device.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality require fast and reliable connections to handle the processing of massive amounts of data for a safe and immersive experience. 5G will drastically improve AR and VR experiences with its reliable and lag-free experience.

Healthcare 

In situations where time and distance would normally hinder healthcare practices, 5G will break the time and distance barriers. Imagine, surgery performed by robot surgeons controlled by a surgeon across the world who couldn’t travel in time for life-saving surgery.

On the other hand, the healthcare industry holds massive amounts of data from detailed patient records to research and images. 5G’s low latency will enable huge amounts of data to be transmitted instantly and without affecting speed.

Wearable health monitoring devices will send real-time patient health data to doctors. Your heart rate, blood sugar etc will be monitored and your doctor or family member will be alerted in case your vitals change to unsafe levels and need immediate attention. 5G offers the possibility that one day we might be able to save time and money with remote medical examinations.

Transportation

5G brings the dream  of self-driving cars closer to fruition and wide scale adaption. With a real-time connection, cars can communicate with each other. The result is that cars are able to self-drive without the risk of accidents as they will be able to tell in real-time where other cars are and read road information such as traffic lights, road sensors; literally, read data from anything that has a connection.

Not only are we going to be able to move faster, but driving will also be safer. Opportunities lie in other modes of transportation such as remotely controlled cargo ships, delivery trucks, trains, and airplanes. It may still be a long way for commercial air travel, but the possibilities are there.

Business and Financial Services 

We saw a rise in online shopping with the rise of 4G/LTE. 5G will enhance the online shopping experience with faster transactions, automated delivery systems and faster online payment methods. With lag-free VR dressing rooms, you could virtually try an outfit at the comfort of your home.

Bank queues will become a thing of the past with 5G. Banking transactions from back-end operations to customer engagement will be accelerated. Users can make banking transactions remotely and instantly on their devices.

Manufacturing

5G will bring a revolution in how factories operate. With robots and machines performing tasks effectively and wirelessly controlled over 5g, smart factories will eventually become a reality. 5G will create flexibility and efficiency in manufacturing industries with improved safety and lower maintenance costs.Factories can make use of sensors for real-time monitoring and data collection for faster and automated manufacturing systems.

They could also use AR to support training, construction, maintenance and more. While drones are already being used now, 5G will amplify their effectiveness in various applications, whether in distributing pesticides over fields of crops or dropping humanity supplies over disaster-struck areas.

Agriculture 

Agricultural processes such as water management, livestock safety and crop monitoring are already making use of internet technology to increase profitability, efficiency, and safety. With the right sensors, crops can be watered when needed, and animals will be fed on time as you receive real-time updates on your device.

The current technologies are not enough to provide the speeds and data handling capabilities that are required for smart farming. 5G will open doors by bringing high speed internet in rural areas. It’s expected to increased adoption of connected devices to provide real-time data for farmers to monitor, track and automate their agricultural systems.

Energy and utilities

5G will unleash smart solutions in production, distribution and usage of energy and utilities. Energy and other utility lines will be connected and hence simplify their management in order to reduce waste. Real-time monitoring of utility plants and assets will support the lowering of energy and utility costs through early detection of risks.

Overall, the possibilities are endless with 5G. Once in use, users can discover more ways to take advantage of 5G connections. For developers, 5G is an avenue to create programs and apps beyond our imaginations. As usual, the fastest internet company in Tanzania, is always ready to serve you and your business in this ever changing world.

How To Speed up Your Broadband Connection For Fast Internet Connection

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing a slow broadband connection on your device. Some of the reason may be problems in your wireless router, your device (laptop, computer, smartphone etc) or there may be interference or congestions on your wireless frequency.

However, before jumping to conclusions, it is important to check what kind of an internet plan you are subscribed to. Most internet service providers (ISPs) have different packages in terms of speed and bandwidth size. If you are subscribed to a slower package and you are already utilizing the best available speed for your package, no amount of troubleshooting will provide you with fast internet.

First Things First; Run a Speed Test

Before trying any troubleshooting, run a speed test. If the speed from the test matches the plan you are subscribed to, then you have no problem with your connection. It simply means you are subscribed to a slow plan and your only solution is to upgrade to a faster broadband plan.

If your speed test provides lower results than the plan you are subscribed to, then try one or more of the fixes to speed up your broadband connection.

Tips to Speed Up Your Connection For Faster Internet

1. Check your wireless router

The reason as to why you don’t have fast internet could be with your wireless router. If the problem is minor, a reboot of your router should do. Simply restart your router. If that doesn’t help, it might be time to get a router using newer models of wireless operating standards. Luck for you, we provide you with a router during installation

2. Find a better spot for your router’s signal

A weak wireless signal could be the cause of a slow broadband connection. Weak signals appear when your router is placed far from the device that you wish to use the internet from or if there are obstructing objects between your router and your device. Concrete, metal and water objects do not transmit signals very well.

As an internet company that wants a fast internet connection for all its clients, we always advise on where to place the routers for the best internet speed. This helps avoid this very problem.

The solution here is to ensure that there are no barriers between your router and device. It also helps to keep your router higher up as compared to keeping it underneath items like tables or beds as they also block wireless signals.

Reposition your router for a stronger signal. Move closer to the router or secure a signal booster to get a wider range from your router.

3. Check for programs or plugins that may be crowding your connection

If your hardware is fine and you have a strong signal, the problem could be that your machine has a lot of internet-intensive programs running.

Check for torrent downloads, file syncing programs like google drive and Dropbox or if your computer is downloading automatic updates. Pause or quit these programs when you need a faster connection, allow them to run when you are not working on your computer or overnight.

Additionally, check which programs are set up to automatically run at startup and stop them from automatically running when you start your machine.

To find out which programs are running, open Task-Manager on a Windows computer (ALT+CTRL+DEL) or Activity monitor in Mac computers (Open spotlight and type in Activity Monitor). What you are looking for is the Network section to see which apps are consuming data on your network.

4. Check your computer

Using an old computer can be the cause of slow internet experience. Old computers with old built-in wireless adapters will not be able to fully utilize the latest wireless standards that your wireless router is built with. Other factors like your device’s processing power also have an impact on your computer’s ability to utilize the available speed capacity.

Consider getting a new computer or upgrade the existing network card and processor. Alternatively, you can purchase a USB wireless adapter that can tap into the newer wireless standards.

5. Keep your router away from sources of interference

Other devices in your place such as wireless speakers, microwave ovens or other wireless networks may be competing for the same airwaves hence causing interference or congestion. Having other electronic devices too close to the router can also lead to the same problem.

Keep your router far from devices that may interfere with it. If possible, turn off the possible culprits. In other cases, you may have to change the wireless channel on your router to one that is less susceptible to interference.

6. Secure your wireless connection

Using a wireless connection without encryption allows other people within range to use your internet connection. Apart from using a portion of your connection speed, this also puts you at risk for being implicated in illegal activities (if that’s what they are doing) as well as vulnerability to virus and malware attacks.

Make sure your connection is encrypted. Recommended types of wireless encryption currently are WPA2-PSK (AES) or WPA-PSK (TKIP). These are recommended over the old WEP encryption method which is slower and vulnerable to hacking.

7. Use a wired connection

Consider using a wired ethernet connection if your device is close enough to your broadband socket or close to the router. If the lag in your connection was caused by interference, congestion or signal blocks on your wireless connections, connecting directly with an ethernet cord will speed up your browsing experience.

8. Update your web browser

Old versions of browsers process data less efficiently. This can affect both upload and download speeds, websites loading or video streams. While on the subject of browsers, your browser’s caches and cookies could be the reason for slow page loading and loading errors. Clear browser cache as it might help speed up your broadband connection.

9. Get an antivirus

Spending time online makes you vulnerable to malware, spyware and other sorts of viruses. These viruses embed themselves in your system and use your bandwidth to send and receive data. They also use a good chunk of your processing power hence slowing down your computer as a whole.

Invest in an antivirus software to get rid of virus infections and safeguard your computer from further attacks. You can start with free antivirus and observe if that solves your problem before investing in a more sophisticated, paid antivirus.

10. Use an adblocker

Those ads that suddenly pop up when you are browsing are frustrating, to say the least. They will also slow down your browsing experience since they use bandwidth to fetch data from multiple servers. Unless you really need to see ads, we recommend blocking ads for faster browsing. There are a number of free and paid adblockers that you can choose from.

11. Change your DNS server

Domain Name Servers help convert the text you input in your web bar into IP numbers. In simple words, computers understand IP numbers better than plain words, unlike us humans.
Your internet service provider uses a dedicated DNS server which can at times be slow, resulting in slow internet speeds. You can change your computer’s DNS setting and use a different DNS server than the one provided by your ISP. There are various free and open DNS servers that you can use.

Before you change the DNS server address, note down your ISP’s DNS server number in case you change your mind later and want to go back to your ISP’s DNS server.

If you have upgraded your internet package to a faster speed or have followed all these steps to no success, it may be time to try a faster internet service provider.

Broadband Guide | All you need to know about broadband.

This guide provides you with in-depth and up-to-date information about broadband and how to identify the best packages and deals as well as the best internet provider in Tanzania.

Today, it’s possible to connect and use the internet in many different ways. There are two key services that can provide you with internet access. These services are a slow dial-up service or a fast broadband connection. Many internet providers in Tanzania today offer broadband connections to both homes and offices. When compared with dial-up service, a broadband connection is faster and has several packages which can meet your needs.

What Kind of User are you?

Before switching to a new Internet provider in Tanzania, you need to specify what kind of internet user you are. Do you make use of low, medium, or High Internet? This should be taken into consideration if you are installing the broadband Internet for a household or Office.

Light users: Are you the kind of user who uses the internet for checking emails, shopping and paying bills? You should consider using the most economical broadband package which will probably be suitable for your basic needs.

Medium Users: Internet users that frequently watch TV, download loads of music or files but are moderate in their use fall in this category. For instance, corporate offices of up to 5-10 users with web surfing, and working on emails on daily basis. You should consider switching to a high internet package if you exceed your limit consistently.

Heavy Users: People that fall in this category are those who love using the internet to watch TV or stream movies, download extensive files. Corporate offices of up to 10-20 users with web surfing, and working on emails on daily basis are also included here. Users in this category spend a good deal of time on the internet and need fast and unlimited broadband.

Types of Broadband Internet

Microwave

Microwave (radio) Broadband is mostly suitable for internet users who do not want to pay more for basic internet usage. To connect to the internet the user requires a router. Specifically, a router which connects to the internet via the microwave radio which receives signals from the main tower. You can buy the router from your service provider and pay monthly or pay as you go.

Satellite

With satellite broadband, you get connected to the internet via the use of a satellite. The cost of connection is quite high with this type of broadband.

With that said, it is an effective means of connection for individuals who live in remote areas. The signal is received using a satellite dish instead of cables. Over the years, It’s speed and network stability have improved.

How Much Data do you need?

Calculating the amount of data you need can be a strenuous task and may not be effective if you are a high internet user. If you have got multiple devices and multiple users, your data usage pattern changes from month to month. We simply estimated some rough figures as a guide.

General browsing and email: 10 GB per month with speeds of 2Mbps
Browsing and TV streaming: 30 -80 GB per month with speeds of 3M
General browsing, TV streaming, movies and huge file downloads: 80 – 180 GB per month with speeds of 6Mbps
Gaming and high-end Internet usage: 10 GB to unlimited.

Is Speed Important when selecting an internet provider in Tanzania?

Internet speed greater than 2 Mbps (which many of the best internet providers in Tanzania can offer) is sufficient for basic and simple online activities. You don’t need a super-fast connection for checking emails, browsing the web, uploading photos to Facebook and even streaming from Netflix or BBC iPlayer. If you stream live videos on multiple devices or play games online, then you’re going to need a  high-speed connection of 8Mbps.

Your Guide to Choosing the Best Internet Service Provider

The internet today is a must have for many people. You need it at work, at home, and everywhere else in between. It’s important to choose the best internet service provider. Your happiness as an internet user rests on that very choice.

There are a couple of things you need to know that will give you insight into the type of ISP you should subscribe to. Choosing an ISP is not an easy decision. Especially if you have many options at your disposal.

This guide is going to make that decision easier for you. Let’s start with the basics of it all.

What is an ISP?

An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a company that provides you with access to the internet. It creates a gateway through which you can access the Internet and everything online.

An ISP can be a commercial, privately-owned, community-owned or non-profit organization. Most internet access providers are phone companies, government-owned entities, and cable companies.

What does an ISP do?

There are some terminologies that you might come across when selecting an ISP. You need to understand them as they can help you when deciding on the internet provider to use.

Some Basic Terms You Need to Know

Data Caps

Also known as a bandwidth cap or band cap. It is an artificial restriction that is set on the amount of data a subscribed user can transfer over a network.

The internet service provider is the one that imposes these limitations. Once the user exceeds the limitation, the Internet provider throttles the internet speed.

Data caps vary from one ISP to another and the implementation is also different. For instance, some might restrict the amount of data you can use per month. Others restrict the types of activities you can do such as downloading or running a file or web server.

Latency

Latency, also referred to as delay, is the number of milliseconds (ms.) it takes for data to be transmitted from one location to another over a network. It is also called ping rate during speed tests.

Latency has a cause and effect relationship with bandwidth. Together these two measures determine the speed of your internet. A low latency means faster Internet. For example, any latency below 100ms is reasonable.

An internet service provider that serves internet with low latency is good. You can expect faster internet speeds.

Bandwidth

This is the amount of data that can be transferred from one point to another over a network in a given period of time. It is also referred to as throughput.

Latency and bandwidth are closely related and influence internet speed. The latency determines how fast your data moves while bandwidth determines how much of it can move over a period of time.

A good ISP can provide fast internet by combining super low latency with very high bandwidth.

Dedicated Vs Shared Bandwidth

With all that said, as a consumer, you’ll have two options for bandwidth, Dedicated and Shared. Many companies in Tanzania advertise Shared Internet. In this option, the internet users in the area share the amount of data transfer i.e. Bandwidth.

For instance, you’ll notice the phrase “get up to 10Mbps per second”. The words “up to” imply that the amount advertised is the most that you’ll get.

Once you start using the internet, the speeds received might be even lower. Especially if there are many heavy internet users in the area online at the same time.

Many internet companies prefer shared bandwidth as it lowers the costs for them. Support is not prioritized for any single person in this option. Also, the consumers share the cost of the internet backbone that the ISP purchases.

Dedicated Bandwidth is different. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. With this option, you get the entire bandwidth all to yourself. The connection will always run at the advertised speed. If its 10Mbps, you’ll get 10Mbps.

Most of the time ISPs tend to sell dedicated bandwidth as part of a business service. This is because it tends to be more expensive than the shared bandwidth.

As a business, you should always look for the best internet solutions provider. They are the ones that offer dedicated bandwidth that ensures faster connections and higher priority support.

Uptime

Uptime is the availability or responsiveness of a web hosting service. This is a critical focal point for an internet service provider. It is the amount of time that a network connection is available, functional, and usable.

Most ISPs offer their users a guaranteed uptime of 99.5%, which is quite good. When looking for the best internet provider in Tanzania, check their internet uptime. It should be close to 100% in your local area.

Besides, you’re looking for the best, aren’t you? Achieving a high level of reliance by a hosting company requires dedication. In order to provide the fastest internet solutions in Tanzania, the company would need to go the extra mile. Heavy investment in technology, expertise, and good infrastructure are a must.

IP address

This is a unique numerical label assigned to each computer connected to a network. The Internet service provider assigns the IP address to all its subscribed users.

An IP address serves two purposes: location addressing and network interface identification. Your IP address lets you communicate with other devices over a network. It is characterized by a string of numbers separated by full stops.

Devices that share a specific local network also share a common IP address. You also need to know that there are two types of IP addresses; A static IP address and a dynamic IP address.

Static Vs Dynamic IP Address

A static IP address is an address that is permanently assigned to your device by your ISP. It doesn’t change even after rebooting your device. Most ISPs provide these addresses by request. In fact, you need to pay an additional fee to have a static IP.

A static IP address is best suited for businesses or companies offering dedicated services such as mail, FTP and web servers.

With that said, residential users could also get one, but it can be expensive. On top of that, you need to have some technical knowledge to set it up.

On the other hand, we have Dynamic IP addresses. These types of IP addresses change from time to time. Devices will not have the same IP all the time when connecting to a network. Many ISP companies use this as it’s more cost-effective.

A Dynamic IP address is also better for home users. No setup is required and no extra fee is charged to access the IP address.

Broadband

This is an “umbrella” or “catch-all” term for a fast Internet connection. It refers to any internet connection that is faster than dial-up. Satellite, DSL, fiber optic service (FiOS), and cable fall in this category.

Microwave Technology is commonly used in broadband. It’s a line of sight wireless communication technology.

It provides fast speed wireless connection by utilizing high-frequency radio waves beams. These beams transfer data and other information such as voice and video to users.

Most broadband connections offered by ISPs to home users have an upload speed much slower than the download speed. Business-level broadband connections usually have a higher upload speed than home connections.

The Internet Options Available to You in Tanzania

The internet connection types offered by ISPs in Tanzania vary in their speed (Mbps) and cost. They are:

DSL

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) operates over the traditional telephone lines. DSL delivers internet download speeds over 25 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads.

It is generally the cheapest type of broadband internet for your home.

DSL has two types, Asymmetric DSL (ADSL) and Symmetric DSL (SDSL). ADSL offers faster download speeds than upload speeds and is cheaper. SDLS which provides equally balanced upload and download speeds.

DSL is based on distance. Your internet strength increases as you get closer to the service provider. It also decreases when you’re further away. Aside from this drawback, it’s a recommended choice for home internet users.

Broadband

Broadband, as mentioned earlier, is an all-inclusive term for all fast internet connections. Most broadband connections offered by ISPs to home users are asymmetric. They have an upload speed much slower than the download speed.

Satellite

Subscribers get access to satellite internet using a satellite service. The internet feed is beamed to users’ installed satellite dishes. Satellite internet is generally slower than DSL and fiber optic internet.

Its speed lies below 20 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads. Satellite internet has the widest availability compared to other internet options. It is available regardless of where you are.

It’s for this reason that it’s more common in rural areas where DSL and fiber optic internet are yet to reach. Satellite broadband is expensive compared to DSL and fiber optic internet. More so when considering its speed levels.

Fiber Optic

Fiber optic internet service is one of the most recent and enhanced connection types. The internet operates over an optic network using light. Fiber optic lines are made of pure glass that is thin as a strand of hair.

The technology used in fiber optic lines allows it to provide the fastest internet in Tanzania. The download speeds reach over 500 Mbps in some places and over 35 Mbps in uploads.

The internet speeds are still improving rapidly. This super-fast internet option may be unavailable to some people in remote areas. This is because it requires the user to be in an area that has fiber optic cables installed.

What you should do before selecting an ISP

Your needs as an internet user are unique to you. The ability to provide these standards varies from one ISP to the other.

Before you choose an Internet Service Provider, you need to make sure that it meets most of your needs. It’s not easy selecting an ISP, but you can use these factors to choose the best internet service provider in Tanzania.

What broadband is available in my area?

You need to be sure that the broadband you want is available in your home area.

If you are from a busy city or town, you will most likely have access to all the available internet forms. Even so, internet options like fiber optics may still be limited to certain areas.

This is because many ISPs are yet to roll it out away from the city center and its environs. To be sure of the internet forms at your disposal, you can contact and enquire from different ISPs.

What kind of user am I?

Are you looking for internet services for business or residential internet services? ISPs have distinguished packages for business users and residential users.

As a business, you’re going to need an internet option that offers high upload and download speeds. Fiber optic or broadband can meet these criteria.

Cheaper internet packages are best for home use (as long as there are no heavy users). They work great as they offer reasonable download speeds and good uptime.

How many people will be using my connection?

Your connection will get slower if it has a low bandwidth and many people connect to it. You should consider the number of people in your household using the internet.

For a household with one user, a monthly unlimited internet package should suffice. As long as there are no heavy users.

On the other hand, a larger household would enjoy a fiber optic internet package. A broadband with up to 17 Mbps may also be able to cater for a huge household. If it’s only you, a low-cost broadband package would cover your internet needs.

What speeds do I need?

When choosing an ISP, find out whether their fast internet speed applies to downloading or uploading. Keep in mind that the different providers have different rates.

Feedback from different users can help determine the best internet service provider in Tanzania. Different users can help you know the reliability, speed as well as the quality of the network. You need to know that the advertised speeds that ISPs put up might not be exactly what you get.

You need to read the fine print. For instance, if an ISP adds “up to” before the speed, there is a meaning to it. The meaning is you might get internet speeds that fast, but it’ll most likely be lower than indicated. Always ask whether the internet you receive is a dedicated or shared option. A shared internet package will most likely not provide you with fast internet speeds.

What does the package cost?

You’re going to have to part with your money if you want fast internet. It’s hard to find cheap internet options that offer fast speeds and reliable uptime.

You also need to note that some “unlimited packages” are not actually unlimited. Many ISPs tend to place data caps on the packages. This means that you get fast internet until the cap is exceeded, after which the speed is throttled.

Check the fine print at all times as this is where the details on data caps are normally placed.

Offers, add-ons, and special features

ISPs throw in some enticing deals and special features that will catch your attention. These add-ons generally make the purchase worthwhile. The extras offered could be free installation or a free internet security software. Before jumping in, find out whether the free offer is, in fact, beneficial to you.

Customer Support

As a business, you need to consider the customer support offered by the ISP. You don’t want any downtime especially if crucial processes rely on the internet. Time down becomes money lost!

The best ISP will have 24/7 support backed up by 1 on 1 assistance if ever the need arises. They should also have on-site technicians available/on standby. The availability of phone or live assistance is also a plus.

The process of finding the best internet service provider in Tanzania may seem tedious, but it’s worth the time and energy. Remember, you can always seek the help of an expert, even the ISP itself, to help you make the most out of this search.

Once you find the ideal ISP, you can enjoy all that comes with an affordable, super-fast internet connection. quick downloads, steady streaming, and smooth video calls!

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