The tool was created to help consumers in Ireland get a better understanding of the true speeds that they are currently getting from their internet service providers.
While a lot of ISP’s in Ireland claim to offer speeds of anything from 24Mbps all the way up to 150Mbps, the reality for users is often far slower.
This can be due to a number of reasons including factors such as, the distance from the exchange, network congestion, traffic management, time of day and certain household appliances which may affect the quality of a broadband signal.
The uSwitch.ie Broadband Speed Test is free and easy to use. Using the tool to check broadband speeds, can be a good starting point when it comes to the process of comparing other broadband providers and packages.
Consumers can quickly check upload and download speeds within the space of a few seconds and then see what other broadband providers and deals are available in their area which could potentially offer a faster more reliable service.
For many, receiving a fast, consistent and reliable broadband connection, alongside the price of the service, is up there among the most important factors when it comes to assessing their broadband needs.
Most providers advertise and promote their speeds as a major selling point for their various broadband packages, with “up to” a common phrase used by ISP’s to highlight the maximum broadband speeds available. But in reality most customers will not be able to reach these sort of speed levels.
Accurate download and upload speed results
The uSwitch Broadband Speed Test measures both downstream and upstream speed performance giving consumers a much clearer picture in terms of their overall speeds.
Both download and upload speeds are measured in megabytes per second (Mbps). The higher the download speed the more quickly consumers can browse the internet and download data heavy content such as music, videos, games and other large files.
Upload speeds will indicate how quickly a users broadband service is able to upload content onto the internet, e.g. email attachments, pictures / videos via social media or cloud based applications. Typically with most broadband connections, download speeds will be much higher than upload speeds.
The uSwitch Broadband Speed Test works with all types of broadband connections including:
- ADSL broadband
- Fibre-optic broadband
- Wireless broadband
- Satellite broadband
- Mobile broadband
By using the uSwitch Broadband Speed Test tool, consumers can see for themselves, the exact broadband speeds they are getting and use this information to make a more informed decision as to whether they need to consider switching their broadband service or not.