Whenever I say that I would love to have Gigabit Internet, or at least 500 Mbit up- and downstream, people tend to ask me “What in the world would you do with such a high bandwidth?!” Let me play you the song of my people…

I have around 20 TB of data that I would like to back up from my local NAS. I would love to have an encrypted backup outside the house. And with The Cloud™ on everyone’s lips, it should be very easy to move your backup up there, right? Right?!

Well… not quite…

I have an upstream bandwidth of 20 Mbit, which is generally about 2 MB per second. This means that I can back up 120 MB per minute, 7200 MB per hour and a whopping 172800 MB – or around 172 GB – per day.

This means, even if I was to upload constantly without doing anything else – which is quite theoretical, as you always need some bandwidth when you use the Internet – it would take about 116,5 days of straight uploading. That number1 is fucking ridiculous.

This is why we need Gigabit Internet, upstream and downstream! Not only one direction!