what does 900 Mbps mean? download & upload speeds explained!

2nd February 2024

At toob full-fibre broadband, we know how confusing it can be when you’re faced with complicated industry jargon, particularly when trying to source a new internet provider. There are many aspects that might influence your decision to switch, from affordability to how reliable the service is. 

One element that can lead to confusion, however, is the promise of high broadband speeds (with many full-fibre providers offering bandwidths up to 900 Mbps). While it sounds great to be able to access the highest speeds, many are often left asking themselves… why would I need to? In this blog, we’ll answer this question and more by breaking down the benefits of 900 Mbps download and upload speeds, so you don’t have to.

what does Mbps mean? 

Mbps, or megabits per second, is the measurement used to show just how fast your internet connection really is. Each megabit per second equates to transferring 1 million bits each second, which is around the size of one small photo file. 

With this logic in mind, when using a high speed full-fibre broadband service that offers 900 Mbps, you can transfer the equivalent of 900 small photo files in a single second. Day-to-day, your downloads will complete more quickly, webpages will load faster, and streaming music, videos or games will be a smoother process with less likelihood of buffering or issues while playing. 

what is full-fibre broadband? 

Full-fibre broadband delivers the fastest speeds directly into your home. These higher speeds can be achieved when your device is plugged directly into an Ethernet cable. 

Traditionally, broadband services stop their fibre at the green box on (or near) your street – this is known as fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC). This fibre journey is finished off by travelling into your home via slower, less reliable copper cable. With full-fibre broadband, your connection goes the whole distance, removing slower copper from the equation and, by default, providing faster internet access. This is known as fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP). 

is full-fibre broadband reliable? 

Full-fibre broadband not only offers the highest speeds, but also reliability to its users. FTTC connections are vulnerable to adverse weather and temperature fluctuations. It is also not capable of carrying information quickly or in large quantities.  

In our ever-increasingly digital world, we need technology that can keep up with demand – and full-fibre broadband is the answer! With full-fibre, you evade the issues that plague traditional copper connections.

Put simply, why would you settle for below-average broadband when you can have the best? 

what are the UK’s average download & upload speeds?

In the UK, the average download speed is 69.4 Mbps whilst the average upload speed is just 18.4  Mbps*. However, there are a few issues when you consider these speeds.  

Low download speeds will cause a lag when downloading ‘heavy’ content (for example a movie, a PDF, or a high-resolution image). In terms of a low upload speed, you will face a delay when sharing content, information or files online. In addition, if you share a household with other highly active internet users, a poor connection can also cause significant delays in the way you access the files and information that you need.   

With toob’s full-fibre broadband, we offer 900 Mbps download and upload speeds as standard. Not only does this promise to give you a better internet experience, it’s also substantially higher than the UK average.  

letting the numbers do the talking…

According to the USwitch broadband download time calculator, to download a HD movie (equal to 4 GB) with toob’s 900 Mbps speed, it will take just 35 seconds until it’s ready to watch. If you were to download the same movie with the UK’s average internet speed, it would take 7 minutes and 41 seconds until it’s available. 

In terms of upload speeds, you can upload around 100 photos (equal to 1 GB) in just 8 seconds with a 900 Mbps connection, according to Omni Calculator. To upload the same images with the UK’s average internet speed, it would take substantially longer, at 7 minutes and 14 seconds. Yes, you could wait the extra time to download and upload content using your average broadband speeds – but why should you have to?  

With toob, you get 12x faster download and 48x faster upload speeds than the UK average*. It’s a no-brainer! 

toob’s 900 Mbps package explained 

At toob, while we pride ourselves on offering 900 Mbps symmetrical download and upload speeds, that’s not all you’ll benefit from. The service also ensures no slowdown at peak times, meaning you won’t face irritating lag or buffering whilst gaming with friends or watching TV. 

And as part of our #toobpromise, we offer unlimited usage, so you don’t need to battle with your family or housemates over who’s hogging the internet. We also offer free installation, no in-contract price rises and no line rental charges as well as a knowledgeable customer service team based in the UK. 

To top it off, you can get all of this for just £25 on an 18 month contract. What more could you want? 

To find out if you can benefit from our 900 Mbps broadband service, use our postcode checker or give our team a call on 023 9300 9300 

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* source: Ofcom home broadband report 2023