Speed Needs

What can I do with megabit speeds?

Megabit speeds are the standard measurement for broadband connections. Here’s how you can stream, game and work from home with certain speed ranges:


Typically you can stream in standard definition with speeds up to 3 Mbps. To stream in 4K or Ultra HD, you’ll need speeds up to 25 Mbps. Streaming services will offer speed recommendations to enjoy the platform in the highest quality. Here are the minimum speeds you need to stream uninterrupted using some of today’s most popular streaming services:


  • 3 Mbps to stream in standard definition
  • 5 Mbps to stream in high definition
  • 25 Mbps to stream in HDR or 4K


  • 3 Mbps to view on-demand titles
  • 8 Mbps to view live TV


  • 2.5 Mbps to 7.5 Mbps to stream in HD via mobile device
  • 12 Mbps to stream via web browser at home

YouTube TV

  • 3 Mbps to stream in standard definition
  • 7 Mbps to stream on one device in HD
  • 13 Mbps to stream in HD on multiple devices


Speed recommendations for gaming will vary by the types of games you typically enjoy, but you’ll at least need a minimum of 4 – 8 Mbps in a single user household. A great gaming experience is often dependent on the quality of your internet connection and data transfer rate, so experienced gamers will often go for the fastest speeds they can afford and a connection type with historically low latency.

See more details on minimum speed recommendations by gaming type and how you can maximize your gaming experience.


Working from home

The right internet speeds are paramount to a successful work from home setup, especially during COVID-19’s social distancing restraints. The speeds you require will depend on the type of work you do, but if you plan on video conferencing, checking emails or transferring large files, there are some minimum speed requirements to ensure you can successfully make your home office work for you:

  • 2 Mbps to host a single, dual or triple screen Zoom call
  • 3 – 4 Mbps to email and utilize basic computer programs like Microsoft Word
  • 10 Mbps to host a group Skype video call
  • 40+ Mbps to transfer large files

What can I do with Gigabit internet speeds?

Gigabit internet speeds are often considered the gold standard for internet users, as they can support an unlimited number of devices and users.