why does upload speed matter?

25th July 2022

You might have noticed when running an internet speed test, that your download and upload numbers are different, with download speed typically much higher than upload. Whilst most ISPs only advertise their download speeds, at toob we do both! Why? Because we believe that the key to stress-free browsing is built on a solid foundation of both high download and upload speed.

understanding upload

A 2022 study showing aggregated speed test results saw that on average, both download and upload speeds have increased overall in the UK compared to last year. The average upload speed in the UK is now around 15.49 Mbps (compared to toob’s symmetrical speeds of 900 Mbps).

Everyone uses the internet differently, to some it’s a faithful study companion, a work tool, or even a gateway to exciting new worlds through films, TV shows and video games! With that said, upload speed is important for everyone, but especially important if you work at home or game online.


Low upload speeds and a high ping rate can be a killer for competitive and casual gamers alike. Whilst download speed helps by getting your game ready, as soon as your boots hit the virtual ground, your upload speed does all the heavy lifting. Seeing someone run into a wall? It’s likely than their bandwidth can’t handle the load, typically coming hand in hand with bad latency (ping).

Generally, an upload speed of 15 Mbps+ is advised for competitive gaming.

Wanting to improve your upload speed for cheap? Consider hardwiring your console to your router using an ethernet cable. Similarly, replacing your router with a newer one can also help. Newer routers typically can enable something called Dynamic QoS which is especially helpful if your internet connection has a download speed of less than 250 Mbps.

The other option is to upgrade your broadband! With toob’s full-fibre you can unlock a whole new potential with upload speed of 900 Mbps to claim victory once and for all.

home workers

Lumbar support chair? Check. Ergonomic keyboard. Check. Reliable broadband connection…

When working from home the last thing that you want to do is make a bad impression during that vital video-meeting! Upload speed is crucial to the home worker, from editing online documents to connecting to your remote desktop. You are constantly sending data to others.

It’s recommended that home workers have a minimum of at least 5 Mbps upload for basic tasks.

With many home offices setting up in spare bedrooms, lofts or even gardens, ‘dead zones’ can often appear, causing trouble and interrupting your wi-fi. Like gaming, using an ethernet cable can combat poor connection (however, this does become tricky if you work far from your router).

Alternatively, you can use a ‘mesh network’ to carry your connection further by eliminating these areas and receiving better coverage! We’ll cover this in more detail in a separate blog so keep your eyes peeled…

Got you thinking about upload? It’s a good idea to test yours and make sure that its adequate for what you need it for. If you’re unhappy with your upload speed, there are a few tricks that you can try to help boost the numbers. Ultimately though, upgrading your broadband to a symmetrical speeds service is the best way to eliminate the lag and banish your buffer face once and for all!

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