What is considered fast internet?

High-speed internet is essential. But how many Mbps do you really need? What's considered high-speed internet?

Parece que casi todos los comerciales de hoy en día prometen la mayor velocidad de Internet. But what exactly is "fast" and how many mbps is it? With a head-spinning number of options to choose from, it can be overwhelming deciding what internet speed you really need, especially if you're unfamiliar with the lingo. Check out the FAQ below for some helpful tips on finding the fastest internet speed and how many mbps your household needs, plus the differences between fiber internet, DSL, satellite and 5G.

What is Mbps and what does it stand for? 

Internet speed is often defined in Mbps, which stands for megabits per second. Knowing your mbps, your file upload and download speeds, can help you determine whether your home internet is fast enough to do everyday things like stream movies or download large files. 

How many Mbps do I need?

Mbps represents the amount of traffic your internet can handle. While Netflix will say that you only need 5 mbps to stream a high-definition video, you’ll need more if you plan to do anything else at the same time (like check your email on your phone). You’d be surprised how many devices are quietly using your Internet bandwidth in the background. Smart home devices like Google Home or Amazon Echo, laptops and PCs in sleep mode, your security system, and even your sprinkler system can all be using your internet, which will affect your internet speed unless you have enough Mbps.

Consider this: In the last few years Americans have more than doubled the number of smartphones, tablets and gaming devices connected to our Wi-Fi networks. In fact, according to a Deloitte survey, the average household has 25 connected devices. Each of those devices uses some of your internet bandwidth. So while 5 Mbps may be enough to stream a movie by itself, if you have more than 5 devices connected to your internet, a download speed of 150 or higher works better. If your household has more than one person, or you’re streaming 4K video, gaming, video conference calling or using smart home devices, you’ll want an internet speed of 200 or higher according to Tom’s Guide. Make sure you take into consideration your future needs as well. 

Things change rapidly in the communications field. Verizon, for example, is rolling out 5G around the country. (5G Ultra Wideband currently is available in 1,700+ cities. See if 5G or high-speed fiber-optic internet is available in your area now.) The internet service that worked for you last year might not be the best fit for you now. If you have a choice of internet providers, it’s smart to keep an eye on what technologies they’re offering — and to understand how those new technologies redefine what is considered slow internet vs high speed internet. .

¿Qué es exactamente la Internet de banda ancha?

The FCC currently defines broadband internet as any high-speed internet access with a minimum of 25 Mbps download speed/3 Mbps upload speed. However the weighted average of available speeds in the FCC’s 2021 “Measuring Fixed Broadband” report was 146.1 Mbps.

What is a “slow” internet speed?

Se podría pensar que el "dial-up" desapareció con los teléfonos de los autos y los beepers después de la década del 90. But dial-up is still a form of internet for some rural homes and businesses, even with its limitations. Con velocidades de aproximadamente 56 kilobits por segundo (Kbps), bajar archivos puede tomar horas y es demasiado lento para calificar como banda ancha.

How fast is satellite broadband internet?

La tecnología satelital es una opción para el acceso a Internet de banda ancha que se usa a menudo en zonas remotas. Aunque tradicionalmente es lenta, en los últimos años las velocidades han mejorado debido a los avances tecnológicos. Algunos servicios satelitales están disponibles incluso ahora a velocidades de banda ancha. Sin embargo, cuando hay problemas de lag y latencia, las actividades en tiempo real, como los juegos online, pueden ser más complicadas.

What does DSL stand for and is it fast?

Two other services that offer fast internet speeds are DSL and cable. DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Lines and uses twisted copper technology and a modem to provide a broadband connection. Sin embargo, las velocidades varían mucho según el proveedor de servicios de Internet, el equipo usado y la calidad de las líneas telefónicas implementadas en tu casa o negocio.

Las conexiones por cable también ofrecen servicios de Internet de alta velocidad con velocidades de descarga rápidas, pero no siempre alcanzan las velocidades de carga de las conexiones de fibra óptica. Eso puede significar más tiempo de lag durante los juegos online y cargas más lentas de fotos y videos.

So how many Mbps is fast internet, and what is considered good?

Entre DSL, cable y fibra, las velocidades de Internet de fibra óptica son las más rápidas disponibles hoy en día, según un artículo de junio de 2020 de Broadband Now, un sitio web independiente que ayuda a los consumidores a encontrar y comparar servicios de Internet. Services like Fios 2 Gigabit Connection deliver blazing-fast, ultra-reliable internet speeds averaging between 1.5 Gbps and 2.3 Gbps for both upload and download. Unlike other providers who may offer gig plans using partial fiber or copper/fiber hybrid networks, Verizon Fios is powered by a 100% fiber-optic network.

No caben dudas, sin embargo, que la noticia más impactante en el mundo de la Internet de alta velocidad en estos días está relacionada con la introducción de las redes 5G. Up to 10x faster than today's 4G networks,* Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network is expected to revolutionize the way people connect at home and on the go with ultra-high speeds and bandwidth. In fact, services such as Verizon 5G Home Internet, which is powered by 5G Ultra Wideband, already deliver wireless internet that provides ultra-fast speeds of 300 Mbps and, depending on location, max speeds of up to 1 Gbps. And new cities are coming online all the time. Mantente al tanto mientras el mundo descubre todo el potencial de 5G.

¿Cuál sería una buena velocidad de Internet para mí?

First, check your current internet speed. To help you decide the “best” speed is for your household, consider how many people and devices will be using the connection at once and how it will be used. Una regla general aceptada es que cualquier velocidad que supere los 100 Mbps se considera Internet "rápida" porque puede conectar varios dispositivos a la vez.

On the other hand,  if several people in your house will be using a lot of bandwidth for activities like streaming movies,sending large files for work or gaming, you’ll probably want an internet speed plan with 200 Mbps or more. 

How many devices can 25 Mbps support?

This depends on what you're using the devices for, but generally speaking 25 Mbps supports up to 5 devices. If you're a single-person household who only needs to browse the web and check email, you might be satisfied with 25 Mbps. When factoring your needs, remember to include any IOT devices like sprinkler or security systems, smart appliances, medical and fitness devices.

What’s your current net speed? 

¿Este artículo sobre Internet rápida y limitada te ha hecho sentir curiosidad sobre tu actual velocidad de Internet? Why not check it now using our speed test page? Si ya no tienes una velocidad suficientemente rápida como para admitir todo tu uso y dispositivos conectados, puedes actualizar a un nuevo plan. Sin importar la opción que elijas, tómate el tiempo de hacer los deberes ahora para sacar el máximo provecho de tu conexión a Internet.

*En comparación con las velocidades promedio de Verizon 4G LTE.

Reviewed by the Verizon Networking Team 2022.