Exactly What IS High Speed Internet?

The term “high speed Internet” is really not all that definitive. It’s a phrase that has entered the popular lexicon as a means of identifying Internet service that is “always on,” as opposed to dial-up service. Dial-up required a user to connect for each session, and could be interrupted by phone calls coming in over the same line.

Internet speed is measured in Mbps (megabits per second) or Kbps (kilobits per second). This essentially tells you how fast your Internet service allows you to download data. Download speeds are higher than upstream rates, simply because consumers download more often than they upload. When you send an email, post to Facebook, or access a web site, you’re uploading. For businesses that rely on file sharing, video conferencing, etc., low upstream rates can present problems. Ideally, your upstream rate should be as good as your download speed.

When broadband connections became available, dial-up peaked at about 56kbps. DSL was considerably faster, at about 1544Kbps (1.544Mbps). This was considered to be “high speed.” Today, the average connection speed is 6.6Mbps – five times as fast as early “high speed.” What we identified as high speed Internet back in the 1990s wouldn’t be considered even adequate by today’s standards.

Almost any Internet connection, other than dial-up, is adequate for the home user’s needs. 6.6Mbps is more than enough for the average consumer. Businesses, however, need considerably more. For instance, if you have multiple users in your office who are working simultaneously uploading data, even 10Mbps will be slow.

CommStream offers true high speed Internet – up to 100Mbps. We serve all of Manitoba, including rural areas with high upload and download speeds, plus video conferencing capability. If you’re operating a business in rural Manitoba, we’re committed to giving you the same high speed service as your urban counterparts. Contact us today, and we’ll work with you to devise an Internet solution that’s perfect for your business.

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