5 Things Gamers Should Consider Before Choosing an ISP

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 · 3 mins


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The gaming industry is growing at an exponential rate, and a lot is going on in the world of online gaming, from PCs to next-gen consoles and even smartphones. There are gaming leagues on an international level with attractive prize money. All this buzz is leading gamers to pursue gaming as a career option, either by playing in leagues; streaming on YouTube and Twitch; or both. However, the number of professional gamers is less, and a large chunk is still in the casual gaming scenario.  Internet serves as a backbone for online gaming and gamers must make an informed decision before choosing an ISP.

Imagine you’re live streaming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Everything is going great, and people are watching your gameplay, and suddenly this happens:

The spinning wheel of death. By the time your connection restores, you have lost the final round, and the game is ruined. To avoid being a casualty of lag or poor internet connection, make sure to consider the following things before choosing an ISP.

Latency and Ping

Latency is the time it takes for data packets to reach your device from a game server. Ping, on the other hand, is the time it takes (measured in milliseconds) for a data packet to leave your device, reach the game server and return to the device.  Both Latency and Ping are a measure of ‘lag’ in a game. The biggest enemy in online gaming is not your competitor, but lag. No matter the situation, lag spikes are the worst nightmare for any gamer.

Latency and Ping are significant for gamers. The faster these two are, the better you will be in-sync with real-time communication. Most gamers will know how even a half-second lag can completely change the game.

Wired vs Wireless and Technology

When getting an internet connection for gaming and streaming purposes, wired is the only way to go. The wireless connection will always jitter and lack consistency while adding more time to your ping and latency. After choosing a wired connection that comes directly to your home, you need to consider the medium of transmission. Fiber is the future and the only way to go when considering an internet connection. It is a fast, precise and no-nonsense option for gamers. ACT Fibernet provides FTTH (Fiber-to-the-home) internet connection which is the best technology available in the country today.

Symmetrical Speeds

Another aspect to focus on is symmetrical speeds. Considering an internet connection that provides equal upload and download speeds will be helpful in innumerable cases. For gamers who live stream their gameplay on YouTube or Twitch cannot accomplish it with poor upload speeds. We at ACT Fibernet, provide equal download and upload speeds across all our plans. You only get committed speeds, and there is no ‘up to’ clause. For instance, if you were looking for best broadband plans in Hyderabad, you can choose ACT Fibernet plans ranging from 15 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Irrespective of the plan, the upload and download speeds remain the same.

Contention Ratio

Contention ratio is critical for everyone, be it a heavy or a light internet user. It is one of the most overlooked metric and most people are not even aware of it. Contention ratio (also known as oversubscription ratio) is nothing but the number of users sharing the same bandwidth. To put it simply, it calculates the maximum number of users sharing a fixed bandwidth on one line simultaneously. If the contention ratio is high, i.e. more users are sharing a fixed bandwidth, the internet connection will slow down, and lag is likely to occur. We at ACT Fibernet understand the needs of our users and follow a strict 1:1 contention ratio. Your line is personal and dedicated to only you.


Typically, data refers to the amount of data you get from your internet service provider. As a rule of thumb, 100 GB per month is enough for gaming needs. However, if you’re a power user who streams regularly, then consider upping your data plan. Another critical thing to consider is to not fall for the unlimited data gimmick, as such plans always have a catch – such as poor asymmetrical speeds.

So, why wait to win, get symmetrical speeds & a dedicated bandwidth with optic fiber technology. Connect to the Incredible internet services by ACT Fibernet now and be the game yourself.

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