What can you do with gig speed?

by | Nov 7, 2022

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Are you ready to join the future of internet? In limited availability locations, speed plans of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), 3 Gbps, and 8 Gbps are now available with Quantum Fiber. Upload and download speeds up to 8 gigabits per second are available to select residents and small businesses with limited availability in cities near Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Seattle, WA; Phoenix, AZ; Puyallup, WA; Arvada, CO; Golden, CO; and Portland, OR; with more cities to come. But there are a few things you should know about your gig speed and devices to get the most out of your plan.

What is gig speed?

You might have heard the term “gig speed” and purchased a plan because you know it’s the fastest speed available. But what exactly is gig speed? Gig speed is broadband service with up to gigabit-per-second download speeds. In other words, gig speed is the future of internet.

Speed vs. bandwidth? What’s the difference?

You may hear the terms “speed” and “bandwidth” used interchangeably, but they actually refer to different concepts.

  • Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can be transmitted over an internet connection, measured in gigabits per second (Gbps), or megabits per second (Mbps) for lower bandwidth.
  • Speed to the device is the rate at which content reaches any one device (tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc.) from the internet at any one time. This is also measured in Gbps or Mbps.

Multi-Gig plans give you incredible speeds on all your devices. But the true beauty is the total bandwidth, which allows you to connect as many devices as you want at the same time, with plenty of bandwidth to spare. Keep reading to learn how you can maximize your Multi-Gig speed plan.

Now that you have gig speed, what can you do with it?

Woman loving her gig speed for gaming

Quantum Fiber is built for the home that’s always online and small businesses, with a focus on high-speed fiber connectivity and a fully enabled digital customer experience offering:

  • Gigabit and multi-gigabit broadband speeds.
  • 99.9%* reliability based on network uptime or availability.
  • Symmetrical upload and download speeds.
  • No annual contract, no bundling required, unlimited data.
  • 100% digital ordering and subscription-based billing.

With gig speed, you’ll have access to massive bandwidth, ultra-fast speeds, and low latency. You can connect an unlimited number of bandwidth-hungry devices and run everything at once without slowing down. As you add more smart devices and use more bandwidth in the future, your internet connection won’t suffer.

Your hardware matters. If you have the appropriate hardware, you should see the plan speed with no need to upgrade your devices. Plans with up to 3 Gbps are fifteen times faster than the average U.S. download speed, with up to 8 Gig speeds at 40 times faster than the average U.S. download speed.^ So you can download and upload large files in seconds or minutes.

^Based on the weighted average advertised U.S. data connection download speed of participating Internet Service Providers of 193.9 Mbps. FCC Measuring Fixed Broadband Eleventh Report, December 2021.

Why do your devices matter?

Woman using gig speed to stream on phone

With speeds this fast, any old device won’t cut it. Your older devices simply won’t be able to keep up with the extremely fast speeds. In order to get the most out of your gig speed, your devices should have the latest software and hardware upgrades.

Gamers, bloggers, and influencers need ultra-fast gig speed

Gamers, bloggers, and influencers alike need ultra-fast internet to stay connected. Gaming can be a great stress-reliever after a long day and a fun way to spend time with friends. But a lagging console or slow connection can bring your multiplayer gaming session to a halt. No need to stress—gig speed is here to improve your gaming experience and make sure that nothing puts a damper on your free time.

With gig speed, every video you stream, every multi-player game you play, and every video conference you host (even several at once) can be used at the same time.

Multi-family homes will never have to fight for bandwidth

When you’re dealing with Multi-Gig speeds, fighting over bandwidth doesn’t exist. You’ll be able to use many devices at once. Laptops, tablets, phones, and smart home devices will work together seamlessly without any competition—all at lightning speed.

If your roommate is taking online classes, you’ll be able to grow your small business online at the same time. And if your family is working or learning from home, gig speed can help get you through an important meeting with your team while your kids Zoom with classmates and teachers.

Gig speed for small businesses keeps your business competitive

People using gig speed for their small business

Quantum Fiber delivers a fast and reliable internet solution to help keep you and your business at the top of your game. Embracing the digital ecosystem and using technology is one of the keys to staying at the forefront of your industry in the small business space. As you add more employees and digital activities, you need more bandwidth.

Future-proof your internet by choosing gig speed for small business, which has built-in bandwidth, speed, and reliability. Learn about the future of internet speed for small business, to stay competitive in the years to come.

How can you check your gig speed?

For the most accurate speed test results, we recommend using the Quantum Fiber app. Speed tests run in other tools can be misleading, since they have different testing standards or test from locations that may not always provide accurate results.

Not already a Quantum Fiber customer? Check to see if fiber internet is available at your address.

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