Cowork Considerations: The Importance of a Fast, Reliable Network

There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing whether to use a cowork facility, and which one to go with. Things like location and ease of transportation, cost to rent space, and amenities included will probably play into your decision—but most importantly, you’ll need a high-speed, reliable network that can keep up with your business needs.

Having access to an internet connection simply isn’t enough in today’s work world. According to WiredScore, over 90% of Toronto office workers struggle with connectivity issues, causing productivity to plummet. Toronto’s startup scene is thriving, with a 33% increase in the tech workforce between 2011 and 2016—meaning the importance of having a fast, reliable network is only going to grow.

Questions to Help You Evaluate a Cowork Office’s Network

Here are a few questions you can ask to determine whether a cowork facility’s technology will meet your business needs:

  • Is the network secure?
  • Will I be on a public network?
  • What are the network usage restrictions?
  • Does the facility have a dedicated IT person in case of any issues?
  • What is the guarantee for bandwidth?
  • Does the facility have carrier redundancy?

Make the Right Choice for Your Needs

Some people have more robust network needs than others, so it’s important to consider how you will be using the connection. For example, if you are a web developer, or use video conferencing frequently, you may require a faster internet connection. If you’re thinking about using a shared office space, ask the facility manager about their network speed, security, and any usage restrictions.

Cowork spaces are a great option for tech companies and startups—just make sure you do your research to ensure that the facility has the infrastructure necessary to help your business thrive.

alternawork is a dynamic cowork facility serving the thriving tech community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). To book a tour or discuss your office space needs, contact us today!

You might also like:

Richard Myers
Latest posts by Richard Myers (see all)