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To understand internet speed you need to consider bandwidth as well as speed.

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    bandwidth – the size of the ‘pipe’ delivering the data

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    speed – how fast the data is travelling

If a lot of data is sent at the same time, it may exceed the available bandwidth.

This will slow down the speed, no matter how quickly the data is travelling when it’s sent.

Providers don’t know how much bandwidth will be filled at a particular time, meaning that they estimate speeds within predicted ranges.

Those speeds are typically measured in megabits per second (Mb/s).

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