Tenants and employees increasingly demanding faster internet

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018

The list of applications for which internet is necessary grows longer every day. Of course there’s e-mail and VoIP calling but nowadays you’ll have your employees working in the cloud, videoconferencing on Skype, your guests need Wifi or they’re watching IPTV. On top of it all you see the newest trend coming along: the Internet of Things, every device will be connected to the internet. Needless to say this increases the need for a strong bandwidth and associated network.

Unfortunately, the Netherlands isn’t the best pupil in the European class as research by Censuswide in 2017 shows. On the contrary: Dutch employers do not provide their employees with internet speeds high enough and workplaces not modern enough, the researchers state. The whole of Europe considered, the Dutch are the most satisfied with the internet connection at home, but are not at all satisfied with the internet connection in the workplace. Not only employees are worried, it turns out. In 2013, MKB Servicedesk established that 61% of Dutch entrepreneurs fear that the current internet connection in the office wouldn’t be future-proof. Which is not surprising, as 70% of entrepreneurs at that time still used an ADSL connection. In order to be future-proof, an organization is always better off with a business cable or business fiber connection.

In the business internet market, the number of business fiber connections is steadily growing while the number of business copper connections is shrinking. The total number of connections is decreasing, which is not at all surprising. The reason for this evolution is that several businesses can use one business fiber connection together, whereas these businesses used to have their very own individual copper line. This is shown by data from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets in 2016.

And how can the internet connection become a revenue stream?

When providing a better and faster internet connection is expected from the facility management, the question is how this can be best organized and what the cost will be. There are many ways to collect a consistent revenue stream from the internet connection in your building. Internet is a service everyone needs and finds important. Not only the long-term renters but also external parties will make use of it. For the renters, the managed internet service can be added to the service costs and a paid WiFi can be offered in the meeting rooms. External parties will need internet too, for example: the cameras installed by the security company, the smart central heating boiler with a remote service contract, the catering company which needs to connect the electronic payment devices and the smart fridges. The possibilities are numerous and thanks to the internet of things, the list of possibilities will keep growing.

Want to know more about how you can benefit from optimal connectivity in your building? Tycho Burgerhoff from Comsave will do a presentation Wednesday at 13h in room 1: "IoT: How do you turn the internet connection into a revenue model"; You can also visit Comsave during the Facility & Building Management trade fair at stand H71 in Hall 2 to learn more.

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