The importance of Internet Speed Tests

The importance of Internet Speed Tests

A broadband Internet connection is the amount of data that can be sent through a link used to access high-speed Internet. The more broadband that you have access to, the more information you as an end user can send or receive at any given time.

Broadband can be accessed through various types of connectivity including DSL, Fibre and Wireless technologies. High speed Internet connectivity over these technologies transmits data into ‘bits’ that travel from one point to another.

The faster the speed, the faster you are able to upload and/or download information. The speed of your broadband connection determines the quality of the video you may be watching or the audio that you are listening to.

Everyone has experienced frustration with slow and lagging Internet. This occurs when the connection is not able to handle the bandwidth demand of the accessed application.

When measuring your Internet connection quality there are different factors to consider. The bandwidth of your line refers to the capacity or size that the data is travelling along. Whereas speed refers to the rate at which the data is travelling at. You can see that the larger amount of bandwidth will permit more data to travel which also increases the rate of travel.

Upload and Download Speeds

There is no real difference between upload and download speeds other than the direction of their data transference. The faster your Internet connection speeds, the faster your downloading and uploading capabilities.

The ideal Internet connection is symmetrical where both your upload and download speeds are exactly – this is however not often the case. Download speeds are often much faster than upload speeds as users retrieve more data from the Internet than transmit to it.

Test you Internet Connection

If you want to conduct a speed test on your Internet connection there are numerous online sites that make this task simple.
Use one of the sites below to take a quick look at how your Internet speeds is actually doing
• speedtest.mybroadband.co.za
• www.speedtest.net
• www.testmy.net/country/za