What is symmetrical internet and how does it work


What is symmetrical internet and how does it work?

 In this fast-paced world, you should strive to be efficient and quick. Which is why speed is everything. Fibre optic internet is the best choice for all businesses. It’s efficient, affordable, and simple to use. Because fibre optic internet is so fast, it’s often described as symmetrical – meaning the download speeds are just as fast as uploads. So, if your download speed is 100 Mbps, then the upload speed of your connection will also be 100 Mbps.

If a plan is labeled as 75/75, 150/150, 300/300, 500/500 or something similar, you will get the same download and upload speeds. Cable internet services typically offer asymmetrical speeds – your download speed may be faster than your upload speed.


How symmetrical internet can benefit you? 

 Many businesses can stay afloat with internet connection speeds of less than 50 Mbps. If you can recall in the 80s or 90s just how excruciatingly slow dial-up internet was. So, you may wonder why you need symmetrical internet if 50 Mbps is enough to survive on? Would it even matter to have an equally fast upload speed?

If you mainly use the internet to surf the web, check your email, and check your family or friend’s Facebook photos, then you probably don’t need symmetrical internet. But if you are a student, working from home or a business owner, or a content creator who works most of the time via the internet (and doesn’t like stuttering or spinning wheels), symmetrical internet is for you.

These people mentioned often work with uploading PDF files, large format graphic files and videos to the internet is often used by those working with sharing these types of documents among clients, coworkers or teachers.

The chart below shows the estimated time it takes to upload different files at various speeds.





10 Mbps

1 GB

15 minutes

100 Mbps

1 GB

1 minute 30 seconds

300 Mbps

1 GB

30 seconds


If you are a content creator such as a vlogger, do you need symmetric internet?

A symmetrical internet connection would help speed up your process. Just imagine when you are live streaming, if you have a low-quality connection, your viewers will be frustrated and may leave. You may also find it frustrating to upload a large video file.


What upload speed should you need?

 Of course, a higher upload speed would help make your request faster – you may wonder how much of an increase in upload speed is necessary? Most people avoid buying the fastest upload rate available because it would cost too much and result in overpayment every month. Many people are satisfied with broadband speeds under 25 Mbps.

Let us put in another way: At least 1.3 Mbps upload speed is needed to ensure a clear, well-defined image of your face. How about streaming on Twitch in high definition? You will need a surprisingly low connection speed of 3.6 Mbps to that comfortably.

The following are some recommended average internet rates for different rates for different types of users:

  • It takes 5-10 Mbps to support the average web surfer.
  • Gamers and video creators require consistent connection without lag time or slowdowns. 10 Mbps to make games feel responsive.
  • Minimum internet speed required for video conferencing: 10 Mbps.


How much download speed is enough?

Businesses require internet speeds ranging from 100 to over 1000 Mbps. They need to send and receive data as quickly, efficiently, and accurately as possible in order to fulfill their goals. Employees may need to share files, create content and publish it on social media sites or large format websites.

It is clear that one person does not require both fast upload and download speed. It is not necessary to have a high rate or symmetrical internet connection here. We are talking about large businesses that may have as many as 100 or more employees working in a single building and relying on the internet to continue doing their jobs.

Businesses need the fastest upload speeds, so all their employees can have access to necessary resources on a daily basis.


What are the benefits of symmetrical internet?

One of the biggest benefits to a symmetrical connection is that it would allow users to download large files while uploading, so they wouldn’t have to worry about losing bandwidth.

For businesses with VoIP technology, symmetrical internet connections are the best options since VoIP works best with a connection that sends and receives data at the same speed. When you have consistent upload and download speeds, it prevents latency and provides excellent audio quality.

A symmetrical connection provides you with a fast and consistent data stream without interruption.



  • Send and receive large amounts of data at high speeds
  • Collaborate online without delays
  • Reliability, dependability and dedication


AEBC’s FibreMax offers symmetrical home internet connection – 75/75, 300/300, and 1000/1000.

  • For more information about AEBC FibreMax Symmetrical Home Internet Plans, click here.
  • For more information about AEBC’s Fibre to the business, click here.