People expect a minimum broadband speed and may request compensation if the speed is not met. Countries may do this in several ways; including creating a minimum service obligation for a certain speed, or creating a legal definition of what services may be sold as broadband.
United Kingdom: 10 Mbps download speeds are recommended by Ofcom. The UK government are in the process of creating a minimum service obligation.
United States: The US communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, have defined broadband as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.
Canada: The CTRC have ruled that broadband is minimum 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload.
Brazil: Internet service providers are mandated to provide 80% of the advertised download speed.
India: To be classified as broadband, connection speeds must be higher than 0.5 Mbps.
Policy can be influenced by telecoms organisations to reduce speed below public expectations.
Measuring connection speeds require a consistent methodology.
The baseline isn’t flexible enough to reflect changing expectations and capacity.
Upload speed: how fast data can be transferred from a consumer’s device to a server that runs a service.
Download speed: how fast data can be transferred from a server that runs a service to a consumer’s device.
Megabits per second: Abbreviated to Mbps, this is a measurement of data transfer speed, the amount of megabytes that can be transferred in a second.