When it comes to mobile internet download speeds, terms like 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G are often used. Referring to four different generations of mobile technology, each of them gives a very different download speed.
Older 2G connections give a download speed of around 0.1Mbit/s, with this rising to around 8Mbit/s on the most advanced 3G networks. Speeds of around 60Mbit/s are available on 4G mobile networks in the UK (but this can be substantially higher in other countries like the US). Next-generation 5G mobile networks are targeting a download speed of over 1,000Mbit/s (1Gbit/s).
Applications that make use of streaming include voice over IP (e.g. calling via Skype or WhatsApp), online video apps (e.g. Netflix and YouTube) and online radio. The following table shows minimum download speeds you would require for this content to play smoothly without buffering:
Many people argue that the benefits of 5G are more from having reduced latency and increased capacity rather than having faster download speeds. This is because the download speeds available on 4G are already fast enough for most uses (e.g. 5Mbit/s is already more than enough for high-definition video). However, despite faster download speeds not making a huge difference here, the reduction in latency from 5G technology will help overall response time.
In everyday life, it is most useful to talk about download speeds in megabits per second (Mbit/s). 2G connections are sometimes specified in kbit/s (e.g. the maximum download speed for GPRS is 80kbit/s). Similarly, 5G connections are sometimes specified in Gbit/s (e.g. the target download speed for 5G technology is 1-10Gbit/s). For ease of comparison, we have converted these measurements to be in the common unit of Mbit/s.
With 5G, movie downloads will decrease from 7 minutes to just 6 seconds. You'll save 2 minutes and 20 seconds a day waiting for social media content to load, 7 minutes when you're downloading an HD movie, nearly 7 hours on large game downloads, and 3 hours when downloading a Spotify library with 10,000 songs.
Amazon Prime Video: Prime Video recommends a minimum download speed of 1 Mbps for SD content and 5 Mbps for HD content. Prime Video says it will serve the highest quality streaming experience possible based on the bandwidth speed available.
Streaming a movie in Full HD requires about the same amount of bandwidth as downloading a movie in Full HD. However, downloading a movie stores a file on your device, so you can watch the file multiple times. If you stream the same movie twice, you will have to use twice as much data.
That said, most streaming services feature settings that automatically adjust your stream quality (and the amount you download) depending on your bandwidth. Streaming a movie in 4K may use less data than downloading it because the platform adjusts the download at various times over the course of the stream.
Imagine you just signed up for Netflix to catch the latest blockbuster movies and series. You can't wait to watch the latest releases ranging from Bird Box to Apostle and Triple Frontier. You start streaming the Vietnam War drama Full Metal Jacket while your sister in the other room is streaming a romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love on her iPhone. Suddenly you receive a notification that you are running out of data.
The question that follows is 'how much data does Netflix use?' The answer is simple 'it depends.' It depends on two principle things namely the length of the film you are watching and the resolution you are using. Watching a show that takes 30 minutes does not use the same amount of data as watching a 2 hours long movie. The longer the film, the more data you use. The resolution you use also affects the amount of data you use. According to Netflix, you use about 1GB of data per hour for streaming a TV show or movie in standard definition and up to 3GB of data per hour when streaming HD video.
One cool thing about Netflix is that you don't have to always stream your movies and shows. You can download content and view it later when offline. This saves you a huge chunk of data. The download option and view later is available on both Android and iOS Netflix apps. However, this feature is not without a catch. You can only download specific content including but not limited to Orange is the New Black, To Kill a Mocking Bird and Stranger Things. The good thing is that downloadable content is a mix of contemporary and classic films in different genres. If you can't get enough of the series Scandal or Jane the virgin, just download it and you can re-watch it ten times.
With Netflix's download option, you can never get bored. Your phone becomes a portable TV and you can watch films on your long car ride, boring flights, or just spend the whole night on the sofa. How do you download a movie on Netflix? It's simple; use your Netflix app that is available for Android and iOS. You can also use the Netflix app for Windows 10 on your laptop. Open the Netflix app, choose the download quality and choose the download option (where available). Lastly, enjoy your offline viewing.
In the current digital age, prolific media streaming is the order of the day. Netflix is leading the pack by offering numerous movies and series that you can stream and download. Unfortunately, the current age also comes with capped data packages for home internet users. This makes it necessary to know how much data Netflix uses when streaming movies and TV shows.
5G is the fastest mobile network technology available and at the time of writing real-world download speeds are averaging around 130-250Mbps, but networks claim peak speeds of 1Gbps or more are already possible, and in future 5G could become far faster still, once the infrastructure and technologies improve.
Opensignal meanwhile in data from September 2022 points to Three having by far the highest average 5G download speed at 228.4Mbps, followed by EE at 130.5Mbps, then Vodafone at 105.2Mbps, and finally O2 at 92.3Mbps. For average upload speed, EE tops the chart at 15.9Mbps, followed closely by Three at 15.1Mbps, then Vodafone at 14Mbps and O2 at 10Mbps.
EE is still clearly the fastest 4G network, with average speeds up to twice as fast as the other 3 networks according to tests. Vodafone and Three are now on a pretty level footing across the UK in terms of average 4G upload and download speeds, but O2 is notably slightly behind in tests.
Typical Internet speedsConnection typeDownload speedOLD Modem28,8 kbit/sDSL Modem56,6 kbit/sADSL512 kbit/sADSL1 Mbit/sADSL8 Mbit/sADSL24 Mbit/sLAN10 Mbit/s3G7.2 Mbit/s4G80 Mbit/sLAN100 Mbit/sFiber obtic1000 Mbit/sTypical download sizesConnection typeDownload speedText email30 kBA webpage600 kBPhoto1 MBMp3 song5 MB5 min Youtube 360p video40 MBA SD movie750 MBA HD Movie4 GB Difference between MBps and Mbps All internet service provider use the term Mbps to mention their speed, while most applications show MBps/KBps to indicate the download speed. People often get confused in between MB(Mega BYTE) and Mb(Mega bit) and ISPs take advantage of this fact by mentioning all the speeds in Mbps. 1MBps = 8Mbps 1MB = 8Mb 1KB = 8Kb
This download time calculator will help you determine the time it will take to download a file at a given internet bandwidth. An internet bandwidth provides information about a network's upload and download speed, and the faster the internet download speed is, the faster we obtain the file or the data we need. Keep on reading to learn how long to download, let's say, your favorite video clip.
Nowadays, we can also transfer data wirelessly through radio frequencies like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. We can now also upload or transfer data to the internet so that other people can access it. The internet is a series of computer networks running all across the world. With the internet, we can now easily send any file to our loved ones, even if they are a thousand miles away from us, as long as they also have access to the internet. All we need to do is upload our file to the internet. Then, to access our file, people have to download it to their devices.
Uploading and downloading data can take a while, depending on the file's size and transfer rate. Think of it like pouring water into a beaker. Pouring water from one beaker to another will only take a little amount of time. However, if we place a funnel on one beaker, the amount of water flow will decrease due to the narrow part of the funnel.
To better understand this, let us consider an example. Let's say that your friend wants to send you his new 400 MB (megabytes) video creation over his 10 Mbps (megabits per second) internet connection. On the other hand, you will be receiving the video file over your 5 Mbps home internet connection. For this example, let us assume that the upload and download speeds for both connections can use their entire bandwidths. Since the file will also be coming through the much lower 5 Mbps connection, this will be the maximum transfer speed that we can get for this data transfer. But, to determine the upload and download speeds of your connection, you can use any third-party speed test applications that can be accessed online through your browser.
Now that we know how to determine the transfer speed for our uploads and downloads, we can now calculate a file's download time or duration. Calculating download time is as simple as dividing the size of the file you wish to transfer by the transfer speed of the network that the transfer will go through. However, we have to be careful with the units we use, since this could be quite confusing.
As shown above, the 400 MB video file will finish downloading in less than 11 minutes over a stable 5 Mbps connection. However, if somebody else in the house uses the internet while you're downloading this video file, it could take much longer to complete the download because of congestion in the data transfer. You may check the amount of data required with our video file size calculator. 2b1af7f3a8