At Wicked Bandwidth, we do a lot of talking about “symmetrical” bandwidth, and we brag about the power of delivering the same upload/download speeds to our business customers. However, as a small or mid-sized business busy with day-to-day operations, you may never have stopped to think about what “symmetrical” means. How does it relate to your telecom service, and why does it make a difference?
Let’s start with some definitions. Asymmetrical bandwidth is a connection that has different upload and download speeds. For example, you’ll see a “business-class” Internet product offering of “100/10” which means 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) down and 10 Mbps up. In the case of asymmetrical bandwidth, uploading affects downloading and vice versa. If someone in the office is downloading a huge file, this process could use all the available bandwidth. As a result, you could notice extremely slow service in your online activities or cloud services. A cable modem is an example of an asymmetrical solution.
Symmetrical bandwidth, on the other hand, has the same upload and download speed and is much more aligned to business usage. For example, in a symmetrical bandwidth product you could choose a guaranteed 100 Mbps speed in both directions. With symmetrical service, you can be downloading and uploading simultaneously without experiencing slow service. Fiber-based Internet (such as the service that Wicked Bandwidth offers) is a symmetrical solution.
Asymmetrical networks can be useful when much more data needs to be downloaded and minimal requests are sent up, as you might see with typical residential Internet browsing. Today, more and more companies require higher speeds in both directions, and symmetrical networks are beneficial to prevent inefficiencies in your network. If your business is running any real-time applications like Microsoft Office365, VPN, VoIP, video conferencing, web conferencing, and/or you have a need for large file transfers, you will benefit from high speeds in both directions and should consider symmetrical bandwidth.
Find out if Wicked Bandwidth’s symmetrical fiber-based Internet service is available in your building.