What is a Fast Internet Speed? Print

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By most definitions, anything above 100 Mbps is considered “fast.” Once you start getting close to 1000 Mbps, the internet plan is called a “gigabit” service.

If you’re wondering why anyone would ever need a 1000+ Mbps download or upload speed, the answer is pretty simple: most of us don’t (though that may change in the future). That said, these sorts of speeds may be worth it for techies, streamers, and large households.

What Is the Difference Between Upload and Download Speed?

If you don’t know the difference between upload and download speeds, here is a simple breakdown:

  • Download speed: how quickly your Internet connection can retrieve data from the Internet (web pages, video, cat photos, etc.)
  • Upload speed: how quickly your Internet connection can send data from your devices up to the Internet (uploading video to YouTube, sending documents via email, etc.)

When you see the advertised speed of an internet plan, what you usually see is the download speed. Frequently, the upload speed isn’t visible at first, or it appears in a much smaller size at the bottom.

Download speed is much more important for the average user, since you only notice upload speed when trying to share large files. It is normal for your upload speed to be around one tenth your download speed.

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