Car Speed vs. Broadband Speed

Posted on 08 June 2013 by Tony Santos

How-to-Increase-Internet-SpeedCars have been one of the icons of the industrial revolution. Since the creation of the first-ever modern automobile by Karl Benz in 1886, cars have come a long way. From being simply a means of traveling from point A to point B, cars nowadays serve as part of our day-to-day lifestyle. We have become increasingly dependent on these machineries and they have evolved to include a number of amenities, luxuries and other additional functionality. More importantly, for car enthusiasts out there, cars today have become faster than ever before. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the world’s fastest car, has a top speed of 267mph (429kph) and can sprint from 0-60mph in 2.4seconds.

Overall, the same could be said about internet broadband connectivity. Albeit a lot younger technology compared to cars, the internet started off in the 50s and 60s as simply a means of transferring or sharing information from point A to point B. However today, similar to cars, internet connectivity has been integral to the lifestyle of almost everybody. Our dependence on the technology also further increased, with people relying on the internet for research, socialization, communication and entertainment. Alongside these developments, internet speeds further improved, and today countries such as the UK enjoy an average speed of 18.1Mbps. Actually, telco giant Virgin Media, one of UK’s top internet service providers, offers an average speed of 36.39Mbps, 50% faster than the national average.

With all these parallelism, it is quite interesting to see how cars and broadband internet compare in terms of pure speed. With the two technologies leveraging different and seemingly incomparable units of measure, we would have to be quite creative to gauge how they stack up against each other.

Say for example, we compare the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport vs. Virgin Media’s broadband internet. With both considered the best in their respective fields, let us study how fast they could “transport” their average daily payloads.

First up is the Super Sport. Assuming that the average person drives 50miles a day, and assuming that the car travels a straight line and running at its top speed, the Bugatti will take just 11minutes to reach its destination. That’s crazy fast.

Considering virgin broadband uk internet, on the other hand, assuming an average data download of 1GB per day, and assuming an average download speed of 36.39Mbps, Virgin Media’s internet connection will require only 3.75minutes to download a person’s average daily usage. Now, that is just mind-blowing.

Based from our simple analogy and computation, we could deduce a number of things. For one, indeed, the internet and the entire computer industry have come a long way since its inception less than a century ago. Truly, the progress and innovation the said industry has been dealing with is unprecedented and unheard of. Early Industrial Age industries such as the automotive industry are no match with the breakneck pace of the computer industry and the internet as a whole. Hence comes our conclusion: instead of investing in a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, one with a price tag of £1,600,000, I’d rather subscribe to Virgin Media’s broadband internet, one which I could get for less than £20 a month.

Source: Virgin Media

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