How to choose the right internet plan for faster download?

Choose your Internet Plan wisely

Today’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) offers a variety of broadband plans to cater to the varied requirements of Internet users. The offer is dependent on speed and price goes up with the increase in speed.

To choose the right Internet plan you need to understand what broadband speed is and how it affects your usage.

What is Broadband Speed?

With terms such as MB/s, MB, Mbps and Mb, you may get confused and it could become difficult to understand what you need. You measure broadband speed in megabytes per second or Mbps. A single binary digit of data is a bit, and therefore there are one million bits in a megabit. Thus, 8 Mbps broadband speed is providing for 8 million bits of binary digits.

However, when you download something, you are downloading not in Mbps but in MB/second.
Do you know the difference?
We measure file size in bytes and a byte is equivalent to 8 bits. Therefore Mb (with the small ‘b’ stands for bits) and MB (capital ‘B’ stands for bytes).Unfortunately for math-averse people, a kilobyte is 1024 bytes and a megabyte is 1024 kilobytes thus accounting for 1,048,576 bytes or 8,388,608 bits in a megabyte (MB). What this does is like somewhat similar to measuring distance travelled between 2 places connected by a highway either in miles or in hours if there is a designated speed limit.

Thus, when your broadband speed is 8 Mbps, then you can download 1 MB per second. Now that you have understood hopefully a little bit about the ‘bit’ and how it can ‘byte’ you, you can estimate the amount of downloads you may want to do.

At 8 Mbps broadband connection, you can download an average music album in 5 seconds. If you increase the broadband speed to 38 Mbps, you can do the same in 1 second, and at this speed you can download a non-HD movie in about 3 ½ minutes and an HD film in about 15 minutes.

Assess your Home Broadband Requirement

Based on the amount and type of use and the number of people using the home broadband services including Wi-Fi at home services, you can determine the right Internet plan for you. It goes without saying, that if you are a movie buff wanting to watch movies regularly, you need a high speed broadband connection. Again, if you have many people using broadband services including Wi-Fi at home services, you will need a high speed home broadband connection. For the purpose of regular browsing and emailing, you will find that your requirement is fulfilled by a 2 Mbps broadband connection too.

Once you understand your requirement, evaluate your broadband service providers’ ability to deliver and compare on prices. Companies like Tikona Broadband provide the lowest rate per GB in India today and their wireless technology ensures that, for you as their customer, their connectivity is seamless and uninterrupted.

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