Download speeds of 10Mbps are available on Vodafone Basics & Unlimited mobile plans as well as ADSL home broadband connections.
In the UK, 10Mbps is the average speed of a standard home broadband connection (one that’s based on ADSL technology rather than fibre). It’s also the maximum download speed available when using a Vodafone Basics or Vodafone Unlimited price plan in your mobile phone.
In this article, we’ll look at what you’re able to do with a download speed of 10Mbps. We’ll start by looking at 10Mbps price plans, both for your mobile phone and for your home broadband connection. We’ll then look at individual services like video calling, streaming and online gaming, asking what you’ll be able to do on a 10Mbps plan.
10Mbps Download Speed Plans
Vodafone Mobile Plans
If you’re choosing a Vodafone Basics or Vodafone Unlimited price plan in the UK, it will have a maximum download speed of 10Mbps. According to Vodafone, this is approximately equivalent in speed to a basic 4G connection.
You can get a Vodafone SIM card with download speeds of up to 10Mbps, starting from £6/month:
On Vodafone Basics, your price plan can only be used inside the UK. Some lesser-used features are not available including international calls, premium-rate calls and MMS picture messages. On Vodafone Unlimited, these restrictions don’t apply. You can use your mobile phone abroad at no extra charge in 51 destinations and 5G coverage is also available for increased network capacity and lower amounts of latency.
For more information, see our full guide to Vodafone’s price plans in the UK.
ADSL Home Broadband
If you’re signing up for standard home broadband in the UK, the chances are it’ll have an average download speed of 10Mbps or 11Mbps. This is true for all ADSL-based broadband services that are delivered through a phone line.
You can currently get a home broadband connection with an average download speed of 10-11Mbps from ISPs like BT, EE, NOW, Plusnet, Sky and TalkTalk. Prices currently start from £18/month:
|Service||Average Speed||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|11Mbps download||12 month contract||£5||£18/month|
|11Mbps download||1 month contract||£65||£18/month|
|10Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£19/month|
|11Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£21.99/month|
|11Mbps download||18 month contract||£19.95||£22/month|
|11Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£22.95/month|
|10Mbps download||24 month contract||£19.99||£24.99/month|
No Contract Broadband
|11Mbps download||1 month contract||£34.90||£27.95/month|
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When you order your home broadband connection, you’ll normally be given a personalised estimate of the download speeds that might be available through your phone line. This might be different to the 10-11Mbps figure which is the national average before taking phone line specific factors are taken into account. On ADSL broadband, the average upload speed is normally around 1Mbps.
What Does 10Mbps Allow You To Do?
In general, a 10Mbps download speed should allow you to do almost everything you’d like to do with your mobile phone or broadband connection. This includes browsing the web, using social media and messaging applications, video calling, listening to music online and watching video or television in HD quality. The main thing you won’t be able to do is to stream online video in ultra-HD (4K) quality.
The following table shows the minimum recommended download speed for a number of activities:
|Activity||Required Download Speed||Usable on 10Mbps connection?|
|General web browsing||0.1-1Mbps||✔|
|Social media, instant messaging & e-mail||<0.1Mbps||✔|
|Skype/WhatsApp phone call||0.1Mbps||✔|
|Skype/Zoom video call||0.5-0.8Mbps||✔|
|Skype/Zoom video call (HD)||1.5-1.8Mbps||✔|
|Zoom group video call (HD)||2.5-3Mbps||✔|
|Listening to online radio||0.2Mbps||✔|
|Streaming music (Spotify, Apple Music, etc)||0.4Mbps||✔|
|Watching YouTube videos (basic quality)||0.5Mbps||✔|
|Watching YouTube videos (720p HD quality)||2.5Mbps||✔|
|Watching YouTube videos (1080p HD quality)||4Mbps||✔|
|Watching iPlayer/Netflix (standard definition)||1.5Mbps||✔|
|Watching iPlayer/Netflix (high definition)||5Mbps||✔|
|Watching iPlayer/Netflix (4K UHD)||25Mbps||✘|
|Online Gaming (Xbox One/PS4)||3Mbps||✔|
Sharing Your Connection
One thing to bear in mind is the possibility that your 10Mbps connection will be shared amongst multiple people. For instance, you might tether or use personal hotspot to share your smartphone’s connection with another device. Alternatively, for home broadband, there might be multiple people or devices sharing the same 10Mbps connection.
For instance, if you were streaming HD-quality video on 2 devices at the same time, this would use a total of 10Mbps (that’s 2 devices x 5Mbps for each device). For this reason, it wouldn’t be possible to stream HD-quality video on more than 2 devices at the same time if you have a 10Mbps connection.
On a 10Mbps connection, it should take around 2 seconds to load a web page or to download a high-quality photo. Downloading a typical MP3 file will take about 4 seconds whereas a typical mobile application will take 24 seconds to download.
|Activity||10Mbps Download Time|
|Accessing typical web page||2 seconds|
|Sending an e-mail without attachments||<0.1 seconds|
|Downloading high-quality photograph||2 seconds|
|Downloading an music track (MP3)||4 seconds|
|Downloading an application||24 seconds|
When calculating the expected download time for a file, it’s important to remember that 10Mbps stands for 10 Megabits per second (where 8 Megabits are equal to 1 Megabyte). For this reason, it will take around 8 seconds to download a 10MB (10 Megabyte) file on a 10Mbps connection.