In this world of information on a global scale and frantic paces, bandwidth should be a major concern to any business with presence in the World Wide Web.
The web traffic is increasing and content is evolving, getting more and more sophisticated. Large files, high-resolution images and videos, the constant access to web applications. Everyone is connected nowadays, through their private and professional devices and networks. Content is consumed in seconds, as people’s attention is requested in several places at the same time.
Bandwidth determines how fast a website or web application loads on a browser and may test its visitors patience if it takes more than 15 seconds – the average time a person spends on a website according to Tony Haile, CEO of Chartbeat. People do not want to suffer while waiting for a video to load or an email to reach their inbox. Besides, technology is raising the bar and making consumers increasingly demanding. They know what they want – and they want quality. A low bandwidth will limit and affect the quality of the content seen by the eyes of the user.
For the best video conferencing experience, bandwidth has its (very important) role as well. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred in a second and is measured in bits per second. It may determine the connection speed and ultimately interfere with the image and audio quality of your video meeting. A high bandwidth has the potential to make users happier, as their video meeting experience improves.
A slow internet connection impacts download and upload speeds. Due to our behaviour as Internet users, connections are normally set up to allow faster download speed than upload speed – that is how we can stream a video or load a website in seconds. Home networks commonly follow this tendency, but corporate networks can have similar download and upload speeds, which is fitting for video conferencing. What happens during a video call is that you send your video feed (upload) to the other connected video points, which they receive and stream (download) and send back their video feed, etc.
The ideal is to have a stable Internet connection with equal download and upload speeds for your video meetings. VEEDEEO requires a minimum bandwidth of 512 kb/s both download and upload for a HD image resolution of 720p, but we recommend a bandwidth of 1024 kb/s both download and upload for a great video experience. The higher the bandwidth, the better the quality of the image, especially if your hosting HQ video meetings with a resolution of 1080p, which require bandwidths above 4 Mbp/s upload and download speed. You can test your connection speed and predict the quality of your video meeting.
To avoid any surprises during the meeting, get informed about the bandwidth you have available so you know the limits of the download of internet videos or the upload of large files. Or, better, close all Internet-spender apps or websites you won’t need during the meeting. Then, test the connectivity before the meeting to make sure the image is as steady as possible. Bear in mind sometimes a low bandwidth is acceptable if the participants in your meeting are seated and won’t make movements and gestures that may result in motion lags or jerky movements.
But bandwidth is not the only thing to be taken into account. Connections may be affected by latency, a delay, lower or higher and measured in milliseconds, depending on several factors, such as the location of the remote servers or the network hardware. Satellite Internet connections, for instance, tend to have higher latency. If you host or join your video meetings from your desktop, bear in mind your PC should have a good processing capacity, with a good processor with a minimum speed of 1.7 Ghz and 2 cores.
Bottom line, consider investing in a good bandwidth service and technology will never let you down.
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