One of the most noticeable difference between the new UniFi 30 Mbps and the original UniFi VIP packages is that the new packages doesn’t have equal download and upload speed. Specifically, the new package has asymmetrical speed with 5 Mbps for 30 Mbps package and 10 Mbps for 50 Mbps package.
A number of users have actually criticized this move and were questioning TM‘s rationale behind the decision. During a media briefing today regarding the “all new” UniFi (more on that later), the company has finally decided to explain the actual reason.
As it turns out, most of UniFi customers apparently didn’t fully utilize the upload speed that are available at their disposal. According to the company’s internal analysis, 90% of users were actually using less than 5 Mbps which is the base upload speed that UniFi is offering at the moment.
In order to provide balance between performance and demand, the company believes that going asymmetrical is the best way to go at the moment as this move also enables TM to deliver faster download speed. That being said though, TM pointed out that it monitors user’s usage trend all the time and has the capability to adapt its network to the said trend shall the need arises in the near future.
As for customers that actually wanted higher upload speed, TM does have something in the pipeline as part of their “all new” UniFi offerings although no exact details were revealed at today’s briefing. We still have more to talk regarding this in our subsequent post, so stay tuned.