Question about Metro Ethernet bandwidth

Posted on 2012-09-18
Last Modified: 2012-09-18
My company has 5Mbps Metro Ethernet over Copper service with our ISP. When I test my speed at, my downloads are typically between 25 - 40 mbps depending on the time of day. Does this mean that our ISP is not capping us, and therefore would not make any sense for us to upgrade, say, to 10Mbps because we wouldn't necessarily notice any difference?
Question by:anthonypg
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    From the way you describe it, the 25-40 is probably the burst rate.  What your ISP does is guarantee you 5 mbps but it is burstable up to say 50 or 100 mbps.  If you upgrade to 10 mbps, then it raises the guarantee to 10, but the burst will probably still be 25-40.

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    Makes sense, thank you.

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