Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth

Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth states that a user’s connection speed grows by 50% per year. The interesting law was presented by Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group. The law was presented in 1998 and was updated in 2008 and 2019, based on his own connection speed’s growth. In 1998, Nielsen observed that his connection speed grew by 53% and by 49% in 2008 and 2019. He then rounded off the number to 50%. The law apparently holds true for high-end users. 

The law is quite similar to the popular Moore’s law, which states that computers double their capabilities in every 18 months. Comparing the two laws however, points out that the growth of bandwidth is slower compared to that of computer power. There are many reasons behind this, mainly infrastructure reasons. The bandwidth growth is correlated with an increased infrastructural and economical risk for the telecom companies. Hence telecom companies are very careful about it. Another reason is spending more money for increased bandwidth is what people generally are reluctant about. The ever increasing user base also poses a major challenge regarding it.

The law though provides an insight to how our internet consumption has grown over the years and how it will continue to do so. The possibilities my friend, are endless!


  1. Larry Colt Avatar

    This can have a significant impact on virtual reality (VR) and gaming, as faster connection speeds can enable the delivery of more immersive and interactive VR experiences. This can be beneficial for multiplayer games, which require fast and stable connections for a seamless and responsive experience. The increasing bandwidth can also enable the development of cloud gaming, which allows players to access and play games on demand without the need to download and install them on their devices. This can make the process of playing games more convenient and accessible for users.

  2. David Blake Avatar
    David Blake

    Network bandwidth is a measure of the data transfer rate or capacity of a given network. It’s a crucial network measurement for understanding the speed and quality of a network. Network bandwidth is commonly measured in bits per second (bps).
    There are different types of bandwidth that support faster or slower data transfer rates in both directions. The two main types of bandwidth are symmetric and asymmetric.

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