Just recently we shared our excitement about the improved upload speed that we offer. We achieved that through a network of collocated proxy servers and an entirely new data transfer protocol – we call it PUDP – which we developed in-house.

But we’ve also tweaked the speed, at which you can download files from pCloud – our Free plan users can download files with up to 40 megabytes per second, while Premium, Premium Plus and pCloud Business plans subscribers can take advantage of a download speed of up to 80 MB/s (of course, this depends on the speed of your internet connection).

The best way to illustrate this is perhaps with a video streaming example. We checked the requirements of Netflix, one of the world’s most popular movie and TV series streaming provider. Here are the internet connection speeds that Netflix recommends for its services:

3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality

Let’s put things into perspective: you need a speed of 25 megabits per second to have a seamless Ultra HD quality and receive a crystal crisp image. 25 megabits per second equal 3.125 megabytes per second. This means that if you upload a file to pCloud, then decided to stream it in HD quality, you’ll be able to do so approximately 12 times faster than the recommended industry average, i.e. incredibly fast.

And this is high-quality video streaming we’re talking about, the internet’s crankiest, most demanding child. Imagine downloading a document, a design project or a large blueprint – it will only take a fraction of a second to save it on your local device.

Downloading your vacation photos (all 600 of them)? Done in a snap.

Want to download your music to enjoy it during a long flight? All done before you could even pack your toothbrush.

You’ll probably agree that this speed is pretty amazing but let’s see how it compares.We don’t want to toot our own horn, but this is really impressive – especially if you work with large files you need to download from your cloud account.

Dropbox, for example, offers a speed 3 times lower than ours, and we carried out a download speed to back this statement up, and we captured the test on video. Here it is.

Disclaimer: The speed test in the video above has been conducted with a 500 mbit/s fiiber optic internet connection. The results may vary based on internet connection speed.

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