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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What Fibre Internet Speed I Need?

What fibre internet speed do you really need? Internet speed for online browsing, streaming and gaming vary based on your uses and needs. You might understand your current uses but what if you’re upgrading or using a new service?

What fibre speed do I need for Netflix?

Here’s the quick answers:

  • If you have a standard definition 480p R99 package on Netflix, you need a 3Mbps broadband connection as per Netflix. You get a single screen and the same content to view as the other packages.  
  • If you have a family, opting for a standard HD 108p, 2 screen package or premium UHD 2160p or 4 screen package we recommend 10Mbps to 25Mbps on an uncapped package.  
  • The trick here, is to opt for an uncapped fibre package to ensure you have enough data to watch all the content you want! If you’re a single user, we’d opt for a 10Mbps uncapped package if you plan on streaming content off other platforms too.

What speed do I need for gaming?

If you’re a gamer, ideally you should opt for an uncapped, unshaped and unthrottled package with at least 50Mbps download fibre speed. Depending on the games you play, usage can go up to 1GB an hour or more. But games like Fortnite use around 45MB or 100MB per hour. Things can get complicated if you live in a household with more than 2 people. You would require additional line speed in this instance; roughly 5-10Mbps per person.  If you opt for a capped deal, consider your gaming updates on your console and game updates weekly.

If you plan on getting into the world of esports and streaming, then you should consider a 50Mbps download speed and anything above 20Mbps upload line for your needs specifically.

What speed do I need for browsing?

If you’re a basic user that does not share your internet connection with a family, use basic features like social media browsing, email and watching standard definition video on YouTube then you can settle for a smaller 20-50GB capped package with a 5-10Mbps download and 2Mbps upload speed. A family with multiple users should consider a capped package around 100GB with at least 25Mbps fibre line speed. Families should ideally consider an uncapped package if they foresee their internet usage change over time.

What speed do I need for working from home?

Depending on the kind of work you do, these factors range from 10Mbps to 50Mbps with VoIP and video calls. Downloading large files in quick spans of times if necessary, require good connection and a solid cap. If you’re looking at getting into freelance for most industries, you ought to review your download/update needs on various programs you work on and how much of internet time you use. 20-50Mbps fibre speed with uncapped data generally works in most instances, but if your time is limited, you can get away with a 10-20Mbps speed, 50GB-100GB capped package.

Digital Storyteller
Aspen Henriksen
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