Working or studying from home, shopping online or patiently queuing for festival tickets can be a right pain when you’re internet isn’t up to speed. Figuring out how to get the most out of your internet is now as much of a priority as checking you’ve got milk in the fridge. Let’s see what’s behind it all and, more importantly, how we can speed things up.
In 2019, according to consumer speed tests collected by price comparison site uSwitch, the UK average wifi speed was 54.2Mbps, with a fifth of homes still struggling with speeds of less than 10Mbps. When it comes to figuring out what speeds you need, we’ve got a couple of tips for you depending on your internet activities.
If you spend most of your time online streaming full HD content (TV shows on Netflix, films on Disney+, etc.), it is recommended that you need 5Mbps to do this successfully. Unless you’re planning on streaming to several devices at once, in which case you’re going to need something faster.
Moving up to 4K Ultra HD (approximately 4x the quality of full HD, usually premium content on Netflix, Apple TV, YouTube and gaming platforms) then a single stream will need 25Mbps, and for multiple devices streaming simultaneously, you need to seriously consider investing in download speeds of at least 200 Mbps, which should work for most households.
It is important to remember that the ‘maximum’ speed of your connection is not a guarantee. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) contract should let you know the maximum speed, and the prioritised speeds they’re offering you.
Let’s use our own contract as an example. At Ogi we offer three distinct packages to our home customers, Ogi 150, Ogi 300 and Ogi 900; each designed to suit the different needs of our customers. Looking at Ogi 300, this package is for slightly busier digital households with capacity for up to twenty devices and average download speeds of 300Mbps (150Mbps minimum download speed).
With speeds like this, you shouldn’t experience a problem with speeds with an Ogi full fibre package, but if you do there’s a lot you can do to sort stuff out: