Reasons why having a fast broadband connection is essential

Now, more than ever,  the internet has embedded itself into the lives of Singaporeans providing access to entertainment, the ability to work, and fast methods of communication. To make all these happen, the speed of your broadband connection is essential. 

But what kind of broadband connection is right for your needs? Let us help you find the right one.

All of these factors combined highlight the importance of a fast broadband connection so that your family can go about their daily lives without difficulty. But of course, your family’s needs can vary, depending on their ages, and what everyone in the household does online. This article will help you to better understand internet speeds , so you can choose the right broadband plan to suit your needs.

What is bandwidth?

Your bandwidth is the maximum amount of information that can be received in a given amount of time. This is measured in Mbps, or megabits per second. Mbps refers to the number of pieces of information (or bits) that your connection can receive in a second, in millions. 

Low Bandwidth (1Mbps to 10Mbps per device)

A bandwidth of 1-10Mbps is suitable for light internet activities that don’t require a lot of data, such as browsing websites, checking emails and social media. This bandwidth is also best suited to people who live alone.

Low bandwidth internet and WiFi is suitable for users who use the internet for simple work activities such as checking and sending emails. If there are a smaller number of internet-enabled devices in your house then this may be a cost-effective option for you. 

If you intend on using the internet for streaming music or films though (or if you have children that are likely to do so on their phones), you will be better off with a faster broadband package.

Medium bandwidth (10bps to 25Mbps per device)

If you use your home internet and WiFi for work and social purposes – such as for working from home, communicating with friends, and as part of a wireless home entertainment system – a medium bandwidth connection with speeds of between 10Mbps and 25Mbps is highly recommended. This bandwidth is best for an average family of three.

With this bandwidth, you and your family members will be able to simultaneously browse the internet, social media, check emails and stream videos without difficulty.

High bandwidth (25Mbps and above per device)

Do you and your family members watch a lot of TV online or play games heavily? Does your family often use multiple devices at the same time? If yes, then a high-bandwidth connection is recommended for you.  A high bandwidth connection is also recommended for larger families of four or more. These higher rates of data transfer are particularly suited for streaming films and television in 4K UHD and other high-quality formats, and for online gaming, massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) like Final Fantasy XIV, or real-time first-person shooters (Online FPS) such as the Call of Duty franchise.

High bandwidth will allow multiple users in the household to enjoy a seamless internet connection. If your connection bandwidth is too low, you are likely to experience frequent buffering, freezes and lags, potentially having a significant impact on your ability to enjoy these activities. It is always advisable that gamers connect their device directly to their router (e.g. with an LAN cable) for a stable internet connection, rather than relying on WiFi. It is also recommended that streaming entertainment systems be connected directly with a cable. 

Find the right home internet and WiFi connection for you

Once you’ve decided on the level of bandwidth that is suitable for your needs, visit ViewQwest’s website to discover a range of fast high bandwidth broadband packages. Take a look at ViewQwest’s 2Gbps (2billion bits per second) broadband plan for fast, reliable and secure broadband connectivity that will be suitable for all your online needs, including high bandwidth options.

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