A business ISP provides access to the web through various media. Internet access may be provided through wireless connections, copper wiring, or fibre optic media. Reliability and speed are important so company websites and email isn't hindered. A business ISP must deliver reliable high speed internet access to perform smoothly during periods of high web traffic. Security measures that are updated frequently to prevent hackers and viruses from wreaking havoc are other important services offered by a Tier one or other upper level internet service provider.
A business ISP should offer many different options and services to meet your business needs including colocation. Most major business ISP support VoIP, wireless and server redundancy, disaster recovery, and cloud computing services. Many internet service providers lease lines from Tier 1 ISPs upstream that are linked to a massive network of other Tier 1 service providers. The upstream ISP can also be a customer of multiple internet service providers.
Colocation is a fairly new service which offers off site data storage which can house company servers in a professional data centre, which can protect you from costly data loss that can result from a lack of climate control, sudden power disruption or a unforeseen hacker's malicious attack. A top level business ISP can be expected to provide this as well as many other essential e-commerce services.
When you deal with a top level internet service provider that has multiple PoP's, which is short for "Points of Presence" they may contain separate and distinct connections that link them with the upstream Tier 1 ISP's. If a business ISP is a client of multiple upper level internet service providers they may have multiple connections to each provider at one or more Points of Presence. A redundancy of services will provide greater stability for ecommerce requirements.
Fibre optic technologies answer the demand that will be place on a business ISP in the future. Fibre optics are expected to be able to meet the demand of a business ISP for many years so the network will be extensive. Speed and reliable performance makes fiber optic technologies the preferred internet access media of today and is what the networks of the future are being designed around. Fibre optic networks help an internet service provider provide reliability and high speed required for the present and into the future. Digital transmissions can travel the network for long distances distortion free without weakening significantly.