How to Check Broadband Speed

November 14, 2015

How to Check Broadband Speed

It goes without saying that organisations now need extremely fast broadband speeds. As a quick reminder, this will not only enable large files to be transferred in a short amount of time, but it also helps to streamline important communications such as VoIP services and conference calls.

Unfortunately not all providers are able to offer superior levels of speed and as a result, some organisations may experience less-than-optimal service. It is therefore important that you check your organisation’s broadband speed from time to time.

Let us take a closer look at how you can do this.

Coming on Leaps and Bounds

Firstly, it’s important to note that overall broadband speeds have massively increased during the last few years. For example, the average business in 2012 would have been supplied with a maximum of approximately 4 megabytes per second. This has now jumped to 25 megabytes per second in many cases. In terms of smartphone use, speeds of 14.7 megabytes per second are now considered to be standard (which is interestingly, down from 15.1Mbps in 2014). Those in rural areas also have reason to feel positive, with the government’s new stance on rural broadband. David Cameron recently said that everyone across the country ‘should be given a legal right to request a 10Mbps broadband connection by May 2020’.

Checking Your Broadband Speed

The process of checking broadband itself is fairly straightforward. You will receive a few bits of information (known as a ping). Your server will then transmit this information back to the source that it was sent from (the broadband speed checker). The time of this entire round trip is measured in milliseconds and is normally referred to as “latency”. This is repeated several times; the lowest latency providing an accurate representation of your broadband speed. In addition, the time that it takes your server to transfer files (both downloads and uploads) is likewise calculated. Up to four different “threads” of information may be sent to obtain an accurate speed analysis.

Of course, much of this occurs “behind the scenes” and the test will normally take only a handful of seconds. Velocities are displayed graphically in numerous ways (such as with a bar chart or a typical speedometer). You will then be able to determine if your provider is supplying your business with the most efficient services.

Top Sites

There are a few different sites that are able to provide a quick and clear analysis of your speed. Some examples here include (but are certainly not limited to):

There is no doubt that organisations need to be supplied with the highest velocities possible. Knowing how to check your business broadband speed is critical to determine if your money is being spent efficiently. When we consider that more data than ever before is being sent and received on a daily basis, the importance of broadband speed becomes obvious. Broadband speed tests are quick, efficient and absolutely free methods that can give you an objective review of your current performance, so what are you waiting for?

Written by abica

Abica is a Glasgow based business telecoms and IT provider. Together with our IT Division, pcr, we provide businesses with a full range of high quality telecoms and IT products and services tailored to fit around your business.

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