Benefits of Higher Bandwidth
A service plan with higher bandwidth will cost you more. But there are many benefits.
Shorter Download Time
Having a higher bandwidth means you will be able to achieve a higher data transfer rate which in turn leads to shorter download times. This is especially significant when downloading large files. Here's a look at how long it takes to download the 383 MB Maple Story game client.
Smoother Experience with Multiple Concurrent Online Applications
Many users don't just run a single online application at a time. A user could be checking his e-mail, surfing a website, downloading a music file, watching a clip from You Tube and playing an online game at the same time. To be able to support and have a smooth experience of multiple concurrent sessions requires a plan with higher bandwidth.
Supporting Multiple Users and Online Sessions Concurrently
With broadband routers being commonplace and affordable, a household can easily set up a LAN at home to share the broadband line among multiple PCs. Mum could be watching a You Tube clip, Dad downloading a large Power Point file from the office, Daughter conducting a video chat with her friends and Son is playing an online game with his guild. But having multiple concurrent users, each of whom could be running multiple online sessions can really tax your bandwidth. In this example, the family is probably sucking up about 1.3 Mbps of bandwidth. Having a higher bandwidth plan could really help right about now.
Be Prepared for New Bandwidth-Intensive Applications
Every video stream has a certain bit rate that gives an indication of how much bandwidth you need to be able to watch the video smoothly. To be able to stream video directly from a website to your PC requires a sufficiently high-bandwidth service. A lot of emerging video applications will demand for higher bandwidth.
If Mum is watching a high definition IPTV show (8 Mbps), Dad is conducting a three-party video conference call (8 Mbps), Son is playing a multi-party online game (6 Mbps) and Daughter is viewing a high quality live video stream from a video sharing website (2 Mbps), that requires a total bandwidth of 24 Mbps, which only higher-end broadband services by can support.