Why does internet speed matter?

Speed = Bits per second (bps).

Digital signals are made up of discrete positive and negative changes that can be represented by 1’s and 0’s called bits. This is how computers work – interpreting sequences of bits and translating them into something meaningful like a picture or this blog.

When one is watching a video through an internet connection, a stream of bits are sent to the watchers device (laptop, tablet, TV) and an application on the device translates the stream into what you see on the screen.

The amount of “bits” that a device can receive and interpret in one second determines viewing experience – this is the speed or bps.

Typically a video (Netflix) requires 2-4 Mbps – Mbps is 1 million bits per second. A 4K Netflix signal to your big screen TV is 15-18 Mbps. True 4K TV (live sports) is around 35Mbps and the future 8K TV is 75Mbps.

If you have 3 big screen TVs on at the same time and also tablets or laptops, the required internet speed to your house quickly accumulates into the hundreds of Mbps.

If at the same time there is gaming, uploading and downloading, video calls and in the future VR, then homes will need speeds in the multiple Gbps (1000 Mbps) range.

TelMAX fibre deployment directly to the home provides the speed requirements for today and into the future to ensure all activities in the house are enjoyable and reliable when running at the same time. Also the TelMAX unlimited internet will allow all of these activities without “overage fees”. Speed matters. Fibre to your home matters.

In the next blog I will talk about “latency” or “lag”.

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