When choosing your broadband package it's important to think about what speed is best for you. Your total broadband speed will be shared amongst all your connected devices. If you’ve got lots of devices doing different things online, all at the same time, you’ll need speeds that can keep up.
To help you, this guide explains the speeds you need for common online activities. We've also summarised the speeds you can expect from our packages, along with how long it would take to download your favourite music, movies, games and TV shows.
Broadband speed is digitally measured using Megabits or Megabits per second (Mbps). The more Megabits your broadband can transfer per second, the faster your connection is and the more you can do online.
Here are the throughput speeds you need for common online activities, as recommended by Ofcom.
|Activity||Throughput speed required|
|Web browsing & Email||1Mbps|
|Video streaming (SD)||3Mbps|
|Video streaming (HD)||5Mbps|
|Video streaming (Ultra HD)||30Mbps|
|Online phone service (e.g. WhatsApp)*||0.256Mbps|
|Video calling (e.g. FaceTime)*||1Mbps|
*These services are more likely to be affected by broadband latency.
You can use the figures above to estimate how much speed you'll need on your home connection. For example, if you wanted to stream HD video on 2 devices and browse the web on a third device, your broadband speed needs to be at least 11Mbps. If you've often got multiple devices connected at the same time, you'll likely get the best experience with Fibre broadband.
Here are the average speeds and download times you can expect on our packages.
|Average Download times|
|TalkTalk Product||Average Throughput Speed (Mbps)||0.1GB File e.g. Photo Album download||0.5GB File e.g. Music Album download||1GB File e.g. Movie (SD) download||10GB File e.g. Movie (HD) download||100GB File e.g. Game or Movie (UHD) download|
|Fast BB||11||1 min 20 secs||6.5 mins||13 mins||2 hrs 10 mins||21hrs 40 mins|
|Fibre 35||38||25 secs||2 mins||4 mins||35 mins||6 hrs|
|Fibre 65||77||12 secs||1 min||2 mins||21 mins||3.5 hrs|
|Fibre 150||152||5 secs||29 secs||59 secs||10 mins||1hs 39 mins|
|Fibre 250||290||2 secs||14 secs||29 secs||5 mins||49 mins|
|Fibre 500||525||2 secs||10 secs||20 secs||4 mins||34 mins|
|Fibre 900||944||1 sec||5 secs||11 secs||2 mins||19 mins|
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