The Real Difference between Upload and Download Speeds

AKA, The Low Down

There really isn’t a difference.

Quite simply, your broadband download speed will determine how quickly you are able to receive information from the internet. Similarly, or identically apart from direction, your upload speed is ascertained by the rate that downloaded data is transferred from your computer to the internet.

However, companies tend to set the default setting to make downloading faster than uploading. This is due to demand. Generally speaking, there are more people wanting to download information than upload. Most people watch movies, play games, download songs etc.

Will it Benefit my Business to have a Faster Download and Upload Speed? Of course it will. But, the extremity of the importance for this will depend on how your business functions from day to day.

If you are a small business you will not need to have an extremely fast, expensive package, one that say a large online company might find essential. Just make sure to provide your business with the portion of internet fuel it needs and no more. If you are feeding it with too much from your overheads, your efforts to get a great broadband deal would only suffice to be counterproductive.

Megabits V Megabytes

It’s easy

Broadband transfer speeds are measured in megabits- and 8 megabits make up one megabyte. It is the measure of data we use to determine the file sizes on our computer.

This is a useful little nugget of information to have in your consumer arsenal, because if you are in the dark where this distinction is concerned, you could be easily misled:

Broadband speeds are measured in megabits. So, if a broadband package boasts a speed of 8MB, it means that you can download from the internet at a rate of 8 megabits, and only one puny little megabyte.

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