I am living alone in a flat in Hackney. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and various other reasons, I have been in and out of work so I receive Universal Credit. I often browse the internet using my laptop and phone. Sometimes, on the weekends or in the evening, I like to play games on my PlayStation or stream movies and shows on my laptop and phone.
What internet speed do I need? In this case, an internet speed of 36 Mbit/s would be ideal. Because this person is using demanding applications, such as video gaming, they need a fast connection so they can play without latency.
I live with my family in Willesden. I am a single parent of twin sons in primary school and have to manage childcare and work. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, my children’s schoolwork is being set more and more online and, in order to accommodate for this, the school has provided my sons with two laptops to complete work on. My ISP charges me a lot monthly and internet speeds are often not enough for all the family to be online simultaneously with a good connection.
What internet speed do I need? In this case, an internet speed of 36 Mbit/s would make the most sense. This would enable the boys to access the online learning they need whilst also allowing their parent to access internet services with a good connection.
I am a young adult living in a houseshare with four of my friends. Two of them work from home and are always taking video calls or using the internet in order to complete their work – so they are constantly using bandwidth. One of my friends also streams and plays video games on Twitch as a side hobby. On our current shared broadband contract, I often find that shows I want to watch take a long time to load and, recently, when I’ve been doing job interviews online, the connection is poor so it is hard for me to find work.
What internet speed do I need? In this case, a connection speed of 150 Mbit/s would be necessary in order to provide fast internet to everyone living in the house. Because there are two people using the internet all day and another who streams and plays video games regularly, the current bandwidth is insufficient to provide a consistently good connection for everyone.