Feb 16, 2022
Different internet providers sell different plans, each offering different download and upload speeds. You must choose a package that offers internet speeds that will support your online activities, but there's no point paying for superfast broadband if you don't need it and higher speeds won't enhance your online experience.
Here is everything you need to know about upload and download speeds:
Internet needs vary between businesses and the ideal speed will depend on your operations and activities. According to online company Business, the average business requires at least 25 Mbps of download speed and 3 Mbps of upload speed to conduct everyday tasks like emailing and exchanging files. However, large businesses with heavy internet requirements may require significantly faster internet speeds to run efficiently.
A good download speed is anything that is 25 Mbps. This is considered a good internet speed for most people, although some people will require more, and some can get away with less.
Your internet speed will affect how quickly you can do online activities like sending and receiving emails, downloading files, and accessing cloud-based software. A fast download and upload speed will allow you to complete these activities quickly and without delays or latency issues.
A "good" broadband speed for your business will depend on your business size and the nature of your operations. Most businesses choose fast fibre-optic broadband packages offering downloads speeds of around 35 Mbps or 60 Mbps.
You should take these factors into account when considering what internet speed your business needs:
Broadband speeds are measured in Mbps which stands for megabits per second. The higher the number of Mbps you have, the faster your internet should be.
Bandwidth is often confused with internet speed, but it is not the same thing. Bandwidth refers to the maximum amount of data that can be transmitted over an internet connection in a set amount of time. Whereas internet speed refers to the time that it will take for that information to be transferred.
You will need a high bandwidth if you have multiple devices connected to your internet connection at the same time, especially if those devices are downloading data or using streamlining services. A good bandwidth will enhance your online experience and help prevent common issues like buffering and latency.
Download speed is how fast your internet connection can retrieve data from the internet e.g., when you are downloading files or watching videos online. Whereas upload speed refers to the speed that you can upload data from your device to the internet e.g. when you post an image or video on social media.
Upload speeds of 10 Mbps or more are usually considered "good" for upload because they can easily handle the most common activities of the average user without any connectivity issues.
However, businesses and users who are uploading large amounts of data to the internet may require a higher broadband upload speed.
Most internet users spend more time downloading than uploading, so the download speed is often more important and needs to be higher.
According to tech magazine Lifewire, download speeds of 10 Mbps per person are for basic tasks like email and web browsing. However, many internet activities like streaming videos need 25 Mbps or higher for optimal performance.
Downloading speeds of 100Mbps will support Ultra HD streaming and online gaming for multiple users while 250Mbps will support multiple heavy internet users and ultrafast downloads.
Get in touch with Netomnia if you would like to discuss your business internet requirements. We will let you know what broadband plans are available in your local area and help you find the best internet connection for your business.