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Fiber optics has revolutionized our communications and ReadiTech Fiber makes it easy to keep you connected to the fastest internet speeds available on our 100% fiber network.  However, there are many factors affecting broadband speeds at work and home for both upload and download speeds. Does equal upload and download speeds matter? Is it really that important?

Upload & Download Definitions

Uploading is sending data from your device or computer, such as emailing, posting on social media, or sharing your video on a Zoom call. Downloading is receiving data over the Internet watching a YouTube video or Netflix show, scrolling through reels on Instagram or opening your Thursday evening class assignment online.

Upload and download speeds are measured by the megabits of data your connection can transfer across the internet per second. Many activities we do online use both upload and download capabilities. Online gaming and home surveillance for example, require both fast upload and download speeds as you see what’s happening in real time.

What is Asymmetrical Internet?

Asymmetrical or as it is sometimes called asynchronous internet simply means upload and download speeds are NOT the same. Other internet providers may offer asynchronous service with its faster download speeds and lower upload speeds giving users more downstream bandwidth.

Asynchronous upload speeds are slower than download speeds and aren’t guaranteed. Because the connection is over a shared network, your upload speeds will be affected by other users on the network. Essentially, you’re competing for the same small amount of upload bandwidth slowing down your connection and causing a less reliable and slower internet experience.

What is Symmetrical Internet?

Symmetrical internet like ReadiTech Fiber’s service offers upload and download speeds that are the same. With symmetrical broadband, if your download speed is up to 1 Gig, your upload speed will also be up to 1 Gig. Symmetrical service gives internet users equal download and upload bandwidth.

Is Symmetrical Broadband Better?

Symmetrical speed internet provides the most reliable and robust internet connectivity without latency and delays. As we rely more and more on our internet connections for success at home and work, symmetrical fiber internet supports maximum connectivity with a dedicated connection. ReadiTech Fiber’s fiber-optic cable carries massive amounts of data quickly with no shared connections.

Symmetrical Broadband at Home

In recent years, many consumers have adopted the use of a video doorbell to keep an eye on home deliveries while they’re away or use their smart speaker to play their favorite songs, these items also known as internet of things (IoT) is projected to increase as the technology becomes mainstream. Even refrigerators, toasters and bathroom facilities can access the home network. Add in the shift to more people working from home and exponential growth of video streaming for entertainment and access to equally fast upload and download speeds is crucial.

With the lines blurring between work and home, internet with equal upload and download speeds allows users to send and transfer large amounts of data without interrupting their other online activities like streaming, gaming, downloading files or video conferencing. 

According to DRN ReadiTech General Manager/CEO Kent Schimke, “ReadiTech Fiber’s connection is a perfect fit for families with several devices streaming and a parent working from home with our unlimited data and upload and download speeds up to 1 Gig. Our equal upload and download speeds offer the best experience for everyone in the home.”

Symmetrical Broadband at Work

Business continues transitioning to digital data with an increased need for faster upload speeds. Businesses are sending, uploading, and transferring larger and larger amounts of information. A symmetrical internet connection provides the bandwidth needed to operate a business successfully while minimizing downtime.

Whether you’re planning to add employees, devices, equipment or a new location, synchronous broadband helps businesses with increased reliability, reduced outages and no shared connection.

Symmetrical Broadband is the Fastest Most Reliable Connection

As our broadband infrastructure needs increase at both home and work, the team at ReadiTech Fiber is committed to meeting the needs of our members now and in the future. Our 100% fiber network provides broadband reliability for today and adaptability to grow in the future.

For more information about ReadiTech Fiber’s symmetrical internet service, contact a customer care specialist at 347-2020 or visit: readitech.com/contact

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