Gigabit Internet has gone from next generation to now. It used to be available in only the largest metropolitan cities, but thanks to new fiber networks, now it can be found all over America, even in rural areas.
Gigabit is a big deal – and not just because it’s 100 times faster than the broadband speeds it’s replacing. Are you ready to upgrade to a new TV with a 4K screen? You need connectivity at Gigabit speeds if you want to take advantage of what that TV really has to offer. Here’s what else you need to know about Gigabit Internet.
Gigabit vs Gigabyte – What’s the Difference?
If you want to see your favorite nerdy friend get tongue-tied, ask them to explain the difference between a Gigabit and Gigabyte. They’ll start with bits and bytes, but then it starts to get strange because there’s a different number of bits in a Gigabyte than there is a Gigabit.
They’ll figure out how to get it to make sense someday, but you won’t have to wait. What you need to know is super-simple. No matter how much data – or bits – are involved, “Gigabit” refers to the speed those bits are moving. “Gigabyte” refers to the storage capacity of data on your smartphone or computer’s hard drive.
The Need for Speed
If you don’t yet have Gigabit Internet for your home or office, it ‘s likely that you at least have a broadband connection which offers you speeds of up to 10 Megabits per second. That data transfer speed allows websites to load almost instantly on your computer or mobile device or listen to high-quality music stream over your smart speaker.
It’s also what allows you to watch the high definition versions of Youtube videos on your computer, as well as to use video services like Netflix or Apple TV. High definition used to be 720 pixels per square inch on a screen. Then it jumped to 1080 pixels. Here’s where Gigabit Internet will be a game-changer.
Today’s 4K screens have a resolution of 2160 pixels per square inch. Internet connectivity with a capacity of just 10 Megabits per second may not be able to consistently deliver the amount of data – all those bits – to generate the crystal-clear video on your screen (not to mention the rich audio you hear). The video will freeze or pause while the data catches up.
Realistically, your 4K television needs data speeds of 25 Megabits or more all to itself. So consider what else might be going on your house that also needs data. Less than 25 Mbps just won’t cut it. When you keep in mind that 1 Gigabit is the same as 1000 Megabits, you see why Gigabit Internet really is a big deal.
Gigabit for the Office
Studies show that up to 80 percent of all businesses will be using cloud-based communications services or software by the end of this decade. The amount of data – and the speed at which it’s delivered – make Gigabit Internet the answer for any size business, as well as the average homeowner who wants to do weekend Netflix binge without waiting 10 minutes for the program to start streaming.
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