What is Gigabit Internet?Gigabit Internet literally means that you are downloading 1,000,000,000 bits per second or 1,000 megabits per second. That’s 100 times faster than the average Internet speed in the United States. Gigabit Internet runs on a fiber-optic line, which is capable of much higher speeds than the traditional copper lines of most DSL and cable connections.
How fast is Gigabit Internet?Now that we know that gigabit speeds have superior technology and give you the fastest Internet connection, let’s take a look at its benefits. The chart below provides a comparison of different speeds and download times, via FastMetrics:
Benefits of Gigabit InternetWhat are some of the other benefits that this high-speed Internet will give you? Here are just a few from our Kinetic by Windstream team:
1. Increased reliabilityRemember those fiber-optic cables that Gig Internet uses to transmit data? They’re made of glass, compared with the copper that DSL and cable Internet use, and they transport data using light signals — instead of electrical currents. Copper wires can only withstand about 25 pounds of pressure without being damaged, while fiber-optic can sustain about four to eight times that (100-200 pounds).
2. Lower latencyLatency is the period of time between when you click something and when you actually see it. One of the best benefits of high-speed Internet is lower latency, or faster page-load times. DSL and cable Internet have response times of between 10 and 30 milliseconds, compared with fiber’s 5 to 20 milliseconds. Remember, too, that those numbers can fluctuate depending on certain variables, such as your equipment.
3. A new level of entertainmentAs you saw in the chart above, Gig Internet can easily get the entertainment you crave at your fingertips. For one, gigabit speeds allow for 4K streaming, which requires much more bandwidth (about five times as much) than a high-definition stream.
4. Room for everyone and everythingHow many people are you sharing your traditional broadband network with? And, how many times have you bumped heads over actually sharing that network? Yes, we’re talking about that sticky situation when all you want to do is stream your favorite show while cooking dinner with that voice assistant; the kids are doing homework, streaming music and have some rerun streaming in the background; and your spouse is browsing the web in preparation for tomorrow’s big day at work. Something’s got to give, right?
5. Matching upload speedsUpload speed is how quickly data travels from your device to a service. It doesn’t typically matter to most people, until some make or break moment when you realize how long it’s taking that you want better upload speeds.
So, when are those moments? If you do a lot of live streaming, video conferencing or online gaming — activities that both require your device to continuously send data to a server and to recipients’ devices — you’ll want good upload speeds. And all the other times? Large file transfers, along with cloud storage and backup solutions. If you work from home, too, you’ll find that you may be increasingly reliant on upload speeds, particularly for any communication and collaboration tools used to stay in touch with your business peers.