How much bandwidth do I need? [Infographic]
When it comes to managing your yacht communications and entertainment, it is crucial to ensure your satellite broadband network offers enough bandwidth to cover the needs of both guests and crew. In this day and age, people expect to get the same reliable connectivity at sea as they do on land. Failing to offer the appropriate bandwidth to meet remote communication needs can result in unhappy customers and dissatisfied employees. Put simply, your bandwidth plays an important role in the success of your business.
To determine how much bandwidth your yacht needs, there are a few factors to take into consideration: the number of onboard guests and crew members, the number of devices each person has and how many applications will be used through each device.
Research by NSSLGlobal and MegaYachtNews revealed that the majority (90 percent) of yacht crew members bring at least two digital devices onboard – though 16 percent bring as many as six! However, on average, a person will bring somewhere between two and three devices, each requiring a bandwidth of somewhere between 4 and 50 Mbps.
Recommended bandwidth by application
To break that down further, the amount of data you'll need depends on what the broadband service will be used for. For example, basic functions:
- Email (50 Kbps)
- Web browsing (336 Kbps)
- Uploading photos (1.5 Mbps)
For social media applications, such as Facebook, the recommended bandwidth is 264 Kbps. If you plan on allowing guests and crew to video stream, the amount of bandwidth you'll need depends heavily on the level of quality. Standard definition requires about 3 Mbps, high-definition approximately 5 Mbps and Ultra HD needs 25 Mbps.
When choosing a satellite broadband service provider, it is highly recommended you find one that offers flexible plans so you're able to change your bandwidth on an as-needed basis.