Explained: What are upload and download speeds; and why you should opt for asymmetric internet plan

Regardless of the internet plan you buy, you should be aware that there are two internet speeds involved: upload and download. Historically, it is the download speed that has always been advertised and requested by many users. But with the rapid change in the way we use the internet, you need to be mindful of download and upload speeds.
Internet speed is measured in megabits per second or Mbps. And generally, with all broadband internet connections, you will get fast download speeds. But when it comes to uploading a story to Instagram or posting a video to YouTube, most users find that the speeds are not up to scratch. This is where upload speeds matter. With fiber internet connectivity, things have improved tremendously, all thanks to ISPs boasting asymmetric internet speeds.
What is the difference between upload and download speed?
Download speed simply means the rate of data transfer from a service provider’s servers to your device, be it a computer or a mobile device. On the other hand, upload speed means the speed at which data is transferred from your device to the service provider’s servers. For example, when you watch a video on YouTube, you are basically downloading it. But when you’re trying to post your own video to your YouTube channel, it’s the upload speed that matters. Usually you will get much faster download speeds compared to upload speeds.
For the record, according to the latest Ookla Global Speedtest Index, the average download speed available on 4G mobile internet data is 17.77 Mbps, while the upload speed is 5.09 Mbps. On the other hand, broadband speeds in India they are much better. Average download speed for fixed broadband service is 60.06 Mbps and average upload speed is 56.47 Mbps. Now look at the huge gap in mobile internet data download and upload speeds, this is why why videos and other content take time to load in India when using mobile data. That said, things are much faster for broadband users, as average download and upload speeds are similar.
What is asymmetric internet connection?
When buying a new fiber plan, always ask if the connection is asymmetric or not. This simply means that you will get the same download and upload speeds. Therefore, uploading videos will be as fast as downloading them. This is essential for gamers and content creators. Most fiber plans in India offer asymmetric speeds and you should always check with your service provider.
Another thing to ask your ISP is about average speed. Most Internet Service Providers will only advertise and have maximum speeds or the highest possible speed for the plan. The reality is that you won’t always get top speeds. So, ask about the average speed of the connection.


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