How does bandwidth work ?

What is bandwidth and how does it work? This is a popular question, as well as a common misunderstanding. Many experts have explained how it works to us over years (your cousin’s friend, your neighbor’s gamer kid, someone’s uncle who has been on the internet since 300 baud modems were utilized.) We’ve been monitoring end-user traffic for almost 15 years and have an excellent grasp of how the internet and, more specifically, how bandwidth works.

When it comes to the internet, there are two ideas that people seem to conflate: bandwidth and data usage (consumption). Bandwidth is a speed measurement, similar to how an automobile works, and when you buy a bandwidth package, you’re buying a speed (bandwidth). I’ll show you how bandwidth is consumed while streaming Netflix using a 50 Mbps download package.

Below is a graphic illustration of a 50 Mbps bandwidth download package being used to stream Netflix.

  • One 5 Mbps HD strean from Netflix will consume approximately 10% or 5 Mbps of a 50 Mbps download package.     
  • One 25 Mbps 4k stream from Netflix will consumes approximately 50% or 25 Mbps of a 50 Mbps download package.
Bandwidth 50 Mbps
50 Mbps
1- Netflix HD Stream 5 Mbps
5 Mbps
1 - Netflix 4K Stream 25 Mbps
25 Mbps
25 Mbps
1st Month Total

Just always remember that bandwidth is speed, or the rate at which your internet connection moves data.

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