If you’ve experienced your connection lagging over an important video call or playing an online game, or even streaming something on your TV,  then you know your broadband speed could be a problem. In today’s increasingly virtual world, everyone needs a high-speed internet connection. However, simply signing up for any Internet plan won’t suffice. It’s essential for you to understand how download and upload speeds will impact your overall experience.

When running an internet speed test, you will notice that your download and upload numbers are different, with download speeds typically much higher than upload. You might think your upload speed is less important than your download speed, but it’s equally important. Let’s find out why!

What is your upload speed?

Put simply, your upload speed measures the speed that the data can travel from your device (laptop, smartphone, PC, tablet etc.) to the internet and it is notated by the number of kilobits (Kbps), megabits (Mbps), or gigabits (Gbps) that can be transmitted in one second. For example, your upload speed impacts how long it takes to upload a video on social media.

Do you need a good upload speed?

It depends on how you spend your time online. Attaching files to emails, uploading large files to cloud storage, live-streaming, posting photos and videos on social media, etc – these activities primarily use the upload bandwidth.

If you are working from home, video conferencing and making VoIP calls, slow upload speed can negatively impact your productivity. Moreover, the online activities of other members of your family who may be streaming their favourite TV show, gaming, uploading videos on Youtube, or sharing photos online to places like Instagram or Google Photos at the same time can negatively impact your online experience.

Got you thinking about upload speed?

It’s a good idea to run a speed test and make sure that it’s suitable for what you need it for. The upload speed is usually set by your ISP and if you’re unhappy you may want to consider getting Fibre Broadband. Everyday Communications provides stress-free residential and home broadband across the UK — including rural areas. Our Fibre products (Everyday Fibre / Everyday Fibre for business) are being delivered using Sogea, which is the next generation of FTTC so everyone can Facetime their friends, upload videos to YouTube or even host that important video meeting when working from home!

If you have any questions or would like some more information about our services, get in touch with our team!