Why is Upload Speed Important?

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When choosing an Internet package, many people focus on the download speed. Download speed is typically faster than upload speed because most of the activities we do online require downloads. However, you should take upload speed into consideration as well.  Upload speed is particularly important for businesses and gamers.  This blog will explore everything you need to know about upload speed and how it influences your Internet plan.  

What is Download Speed?

Download speed refers to the speed at which your computer/device receives data in the form of images, videos, text, files, and audio from a server.  It’s measured in Mbps (Megabits per second).  Activities like streaming music on Spotify or Apple Music, downloading files for work, or streaming videos on Crave or Netflix all require you to download data.  Download speed is typically faster than upload speed because most of what we do online consists of downloads.

What is Upload Speed?

Upload speed refers to how long it takes for data in all its forms to be transmitted from your computer/device to the Internet server. It is also measured in Mbps (Megabits per second).  Upload speed impacts your video calls since you are essentially uploading a live video.  The same is true for live streaming.  Here are some examples of online activities that require a minimal amount of upload capabilities and speed.  

There are activities that require more upload speed to accomplish.  Here are some examples and what the recommended upload speed is for each activity.

Making video calls over services like Skype or FaceTime. 

– Skype recommends 1.5 Mbps for HD video calling. Visit their website for more information.

Uploading or live streaming videos to YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. 

– YouTube recommends between 1.5 Mbps and 4 Mbps for live streaming. Visit this page for more information.

– Facebook Live recommends 4 Mbps. Visit this page for more information.

Home security camera footage. 

– Google Nest requires 0.8 Mbps to 4 Mbps for uploading video from your camera to the cloud. Visit their website for more information.

Live streaming games on services like Twitch or Facebook Gaming.

– Twitch recommends a minimum speed of 5 Mbps for 1080p streaming. Check out this page to learn more. 

If you are close to using full capacity of your connection, in either uploads or downloads, traffic will bottleneck. This can result in latency, which will impact your activities. A good rule of thumb is to plan to use 85% of your Internet connection’s advertised ability. 

Upload Traffic Increasing Due to the Pandemic

We all know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are all spending more time online.  Whether you are working from home or staying entertained by streaming TV or movies. All of these activities require Internet to work.

In particular, there has been a greater strain on telecommunications networks caused by increased upload traffic.  More people are working from home and uploading files, connecting to VPNs, video conferencing, or placing VoIP calls to stay connected with customers and colleagues.  Building the capacity for this has become top of mind for many ISPs, including Execulink Telecom.   

Upload Speed for Your Business

Choosing the right Internet speed is crucial for fostering employee engagement and productivity, downloading files quickly, and communicating with customers properly.  A deciding factor on what Internet plan you decide to go with is the number of employees you have. If you have two people uploading data, the upload speed is cut in half.  If you have 5 people uploading, then it will take even longer for each person’s upload to complete.  The same is true for downloading.  Larger businesses with more users will require faster speeds. 

At Execulink you can have a Shared Business Internet plan which is appropriate if your business requires a simple connection that is reliable, economical, and can keep your employees connected.  Businesses with this form of Internet share the infrastructure with other businesses nearby. Whereas, a Dedicated Business Internet connection provides your business with service that isn’t shared. 

Execulink offers Business Internet upload speeds from 1 Mbps to a synchronous 1 Gbps. We will work with you to determine which Internet type is best for your business and how we can accommodate your future needs.

Upload Speed for Gaming

In the online gaming community, there is contention about the optimum speeds needed to have a seamless experience while playing.  Compared to the regular Internet user, online gamers are constantly sending data to the server – through game actions or messages to other players during a multi-player game. 

A minimum of 1 Mbps upload speed is recommended for most casual online gaming sessions. The number of devices you have connected in your home will also impact your gaming experience.  You should consider plans that have a 5-10 Mbps upload speed to support your devices.  If you need to confirm your current speed, check out our speed test.

For professional gamers, upload speeds are a more pressing concern.  Streaming content on platforms like Twitch or Facebook Gaming require a faster upload speed than if you were just playing a standard online game.  To accumulate followers your stream must be high quality, consistent, and reliable. 

High-Speed Internet with Execulink Telecom

Whether you’re looking for higher speed options for work and gaming or basic packages for surfing the internet, we have the services you and your business deserve.

With 24/7 support and a wide range of Internet options to suit every lifestyle, we have the awesome services your home or business needs to stay connected to what matters the most! Call us at 1-866-706-1942 today, and visit our Internet or Business Internet page to find the Internet package you’ve been looking for!

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