Upload and Download

What Is the Difference Between Upload and Download Speed?

To put it simply:

  • Download speed: how quickly your Internet connection can retrieve data from the Internet (web pages, video, cat photos, etc.)
  • Upload speed: how quickly your Internet connection can send data from your devices up to the Internet (uploading video to YouTube, sending documents via email, etc.)

You may notice that many companies only advertise the download speed of their plans. This is because upload speeds tend to be slower on residential Internet plans, and marketing people don’t want to put smaller numbers on an advertisement.  It is normal for your upload speed to be around one tenth your download speed!

HCS is one of the only internet service provides who provides symmetrical internet speeds: