With speeds up to 300 times faster than traditional internet, fiber makes it easy to do business online. But before you sign up for just any fiber internet service, there’s something you need to know.
Some internet providers offering fiber only live up to half of their promise. They’ll give you enough speed to meet the threshold on downloads, and then hope you won’t ask about upload speeds. The technical term for this lopsided connection is asymmetrical internet. But upload speeds are just as important. When they roughly even out, we call it symmetrical internet.
Take a look at how they work and why it is important for businesses to have a symmetrical internet connection.
Your download speed dictates how quickly your computer, tablet or mobile device receives data over the internet through your router. This is important for virtually all online activities, such as receiving large emails, downloading apps and programs, files, pictures, and videos. It also plays a role in live videoconferencing. It goes without saying that the higher your download speed, the faster this data should reach your fingertips.
Upload speed is the exact opposite of download speed. This is the amount of time it takes to send data from your computer or device to another device. For example, when you upload data like large files, images and videos to a cloud service, your upload speed determines how quickly they transfer. A strong upload speed is also crucial to videoconferencing and uploading files without screen lag. Two-way communications rely on symmetrical speeds to keep you in real time.
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