What is a good upload speed?

Internet speed is usually defined as how fast your connection sends and receives data. Internet speeds are of two types, download and upload speed. Download speed is the rate at which you download data. Similarly, Upload speed is the rate at which you upload data. As per the industry standards, good upload speed is defined as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Generally, a connection around these speeds should satisfy the requirements of the customers provided there are no interruptions in between.

However, there is no unique answer to this question as it largely depends on user requirement. Speed depends on the following factors such as (1) the speed provided in your area and the cost (2) Number of users and devices connected to the Internet and (3) the nature of usage, e.g. browsing requires minimum speed but live HD streaming and download will require more speed. In this scenario, it has to be pointed out that in some areas faster broadband speeds are not available. If you live in one such area, then it is wise to go for the fastest plan that fits into your monthly budget. Cable and optical fibre networks provide the fastest speeds and offer largest monthly data limits for a lower cost.

While all ISPs claim that they provide good internet speed but you need to test the upload speed, download speed, packet loss, ping, latency issues etc to identify the exact speed of the internet. While these factors determine the speed of your internet, it is always wise to choose your ISP and internet package depending on your internet usage requirements.

The bandwidth of your internet connection is mainly impacted by your network demand and infrastructure quality of your service provider. Majority of the people think that only download speed is important but not upload speed which is not true. Upload impacts everything you do on the internet like saving a file in Google drive, sending an email, messaging or calling someone etc. There are few handy tips to increase your upload speed such as try using a wired connection, clear your cache, remove unwanted devices from your network, remove malware, change your DNS settings, update drivers etc. If you still experience network issues, then it is better to escalate the matter with your service provider sooner than later.