Most internet service providers have packages with asymmetrical speeds. This means that your upload speed limit is lower than your download speed limit.
While most of your day to day activity may revolve around your download speeds. If you’ve ever watched in growing frustration as it takes forever to upload a document, image, or video to social media or a cloud storage service you’ll have felt the pinch of your upload limits.
If you’ve ever had unexplained slowdowns with a streaming service, you might have been experiencing this issue as well as there is a constant stream of information going out to that service which the downstream function relies on in order to work correctly.
We searched for the listed upload speeds on the residential packages of three of the major carriers in the UK. We’ve included links to the pages where they list their own speeds because you really shouldn’t trust what you read on the internet. Below are the results as of 19/11/2018.
Virgin Media came in last place of the three with their best upload speed being 6% of their Vivid 50 download speeds and getting worse as you upgrade. To be fair, the upload speeds only get worse by around half a percentage point on the higher packages but when the bar is already so low…
Sky comes in at a close second with upload speeds consistently averaging right about 25% of their download speeds. They get a Dishonourable Mention award in the allowance category for making you upgrade (read: pay more) to get unlimited usage if you go with their lowest package.
BT’s upload speeds vary by the widest margin with a maximum upload percentage of 26% on their top speed package and just 10% on their lowest. However, they do win the Best Hidden award for having the hardest to find information on their upload speeds. Notably we could not find this information on the page where you can actually buy their product.
Our speed plans are AT LEAST 50% of our download speeds and that’s on our lowest package. You can find out more here: https://blissinternet.co.uk/plans
We don’t blame the other carriers. Generally, the upload speeds they can provide are limited by the archaic technology they use to get their service to your door. Our service uses newer technology which allows us full control over how our capacity is split between download and upload. Higher upload speeds are quite common among Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISP’s) so even if you’re not in our service area, check if you have a WISP near you and leave low upload speeds in the past where they belong.