200Mbps Download Speed How Fast Is 200Mbps What Can You Do With It

A download speed of 200Mbps allows you to stream ultra-HD video on 8 devices at the same time, or download a HD movie in 3 minutes.

If you’re using a broadband internet connection with download speeds of 200Mbps, you can comfortably stream ultra-HD quality video on up to 8 devices at the same time. Alternatively, you can download an entire music album in around 3 seconds or a HD-quality movie in about 3 minutes (increasing to 13 minutes if you’re downloading a movie in 4K ultra-HD quality).

Virgin Media’s M200 gives average download speeds of 213Mbps and is the most widely available broadband service in this speed range.

In this article, we’ll look at what you can do on a 200Mbps connection, including for online video, music, gaming, video calls and general web browsing. We’ll also look at download times on a 200Mbps connection and at how much you’ll typically need to pay for 200Mbps broadband at different ISPs.


How Fast Is 200Mbps?
A 200Mbps broadband connection is faster than the UK’s average home broadband service which has a download speed of 63Mbps.

With a download speed of 200Mbps, you can do almost anything you’d like to do at the same time on the internet, on multiple devices at the same time. For instance, you can watch online video on 8 devices at the same time in ultra-HD (4K) quality. This increases to 40 devices at the same time if you’re watching in full HD (1080p) quality.

With a 200Mbps connection, you can also download files fairly quickly. For instance, a music album will download in around 3 seconds and a HD-quality movie will download in about 3 minutes. Browsing the internet and receiving emails should be near-instantaneous on a 200Mbps connection.

Streaming & Other Activities
If you’re using a 200Mbps broadband connection, it will support almost anything you’d like to do online. This includes browsing the web, making video calls, listening to music and watching video online on multiple devices at the same time.

In the following table, we’ve listed a number of online activities and the minimum speed required for each one. We’ve also listed the number of devices you’d be able to use at the same time when accessing these services through a 200Mbps connection.

For instance, watching online video in ultra-HD (4K) quality would require a download speed of 25Mbps on each device. You can therefore watch on up to 8 devices at the same time if you have a 200Mbps connection.

ActivityRequired Download SpeedUsable on 200Mbps Connection?Web Browsing, Messaging & E-Mail:General web browsing0.1-1Mbps✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesSocial media, instant messaging & e-mail✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesVoice & Video Calling:Skype/WhatsApp phone call0.1Mbps✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesSkype/Zoom video call0.5-0.8Mbps✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesSkype/Zoom video call (HD)1.5-1.8Mbps✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesZoom group video call (HD)2.5-3Mbps✔ Yes, on 65 devicesStreaming Online Music & Radio:Listening to online radio0.2Mbps✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesStreaming music (Spotify, Apple Music, etc)0.4Mbps✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesStreaming Online Video:Watching YouTube videos (basic quality)0.5Mbps✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesWatching YouTube videos (720p HD quality)2.5Mbps✔ Yes, on 80 devicesWatching YouTube videos (1080p HD quality)4Mbps✔ Yes, on 50 devicesWatching iPlayer/Netflix (standard definition)1.5Mbps✔ Yes, on 100+ devicesWatching iPlayer/Netflix (high definition)5Mbps✔ Yes, on 40 devicesWatching iPlayer/Netflix (4K UHD)25Mbps✔ Yes, on 8 devicesOnline Gaming:Online Gaming (installed PC/console game)3Mbps✔ Yes, on 65 devicesCloud Gaming (Stadia/PS Now/Xbox Cloud)10Mbps✔ Yes, on 20 devicesCloud Gaming (4K Stadia)35Mbps✔ Yes, on 5 devicesFor some activities like general web browsing and online music, there’s no real limit to the number of devices you can use at the same time. In theory, things would still work on more than 100 devices at the same time when using a 200Mbps broadband connection. In reality, however, you might reach the limit of your home wi-fi network, which can start slowing down when you have lots of devices connected at the same time.

With a download speed of 200Mbps, you can download an entire music album in about 3 seconds. It will take 3 minutes to download a HD-quality film (1080p quality) and about 13 minutes to download an ultra-HD quality movie (4K quality).

The following table shows the expected download time for multiple different types of file on a 200Mbps connection:

3 minutes (HD quality)

13 minutes (Ultra HD quality)

Activity200Mbps Download TimeDownloading a music album:3 secondsDownloading a 2 hour movie:40 seconds (SD quality)Downloading a PC or console game:30 minutesDownloading a mobile application:1 secondDownloading a high-quality photo:Downloading a web page or email:Typical file sizes used for our calculations: 85MB for a music album, 1GB for a standard-definition movie, 4GB for a full-HD quality movie, 20GB for a 4K Ultra HD quality movie, 45GB for a PlayStation or Xbox console game, 30MB for an iPhone or Android mobile application and 2MB for a high-quality photograph.

If you’re calculating the download time for another file, it’s important to remember that 200Mbps stands for 200 Megabits per second (where 8 Megabits are equal to one MegaByte). For this reason, if you’re downloading a 200MB (200 MegaByte) file, it will take you 8 seconds to do this and not one second.

Home Network Considerations
If your broadband connection has a 200Mbps download speed, this refers to the speed at your router or hub. This may be different from the actual speed on your individual devices.

If you’re connecting to the internet over wi-fi, the download speed on individual devices may be slower than 200Mbps. This is often due to poor wi-fi or congestion from other networks. This will stop you from getting the full potential of your broadband service. For instance, you might experience buffering when watching videos online due to poor wi-fi, even if your broadband connection is able to support it.

Where possible, you should use a wired Ethernet connection to get the fastest available speeds. If you’re not able to do this, look at ways to improve the wi-fi signal in your home. Getting a wi-fi repeater or a mesh wi-fi system such as BT Whole Home Wi-Fi or Google Wi-Fi can be a highly effective way of improving speeds on your home wi-fi network.

How Much Does 200Mbps Broadband Cost?
In the UK, it’s currently possible to get 200Mbps broadband with prices starting from £17/month. However, not all of the services are likely to be available at your address, so you’ll need to check the availability of different services at your address.

Virgin Media’s M200 gives average download speeds of 213Mbps and is the most widely available broadband service in this speed range.

The following table shows 200Mbps broadband plans:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly PriceM200 Fibre Broadband Only

213Mbps download18 month contract£0£28/monthFull Fibre Mbps download18 month contract£0£35.99/month Pro Ultrafast Mbps download24 month contract£0£43/monthOther Download Speeds
The cost and availability of different home broadband services depends on the download speed you’re able to get.

The following table shows how much you’d need to pay for a broadband service with different download speeds. It also shows the percentage availability amongst UK households:

Download SpeedMonthly PriceAvailability10MbpsFrom £17.99/month98% of UK households36MbpsFrom £17.99/month95% of UK households50MbpsFrom £20.00/month95% of UK households67MbpsFrom £20.00/month95% of UK households100MbpsFrom £24.00/month60% of UK households150MbpsFrom £25.00/month60% of UK households200MbpsFrom £28.00/month60% of UK households300MbpsFrom £32.00/month60% of UK households500MbpsFrom £30.00/month50% of UK households900MbpsFrom £35.00/month20% of UK householdsIf you’re unable to get a 200Mbps connection where you live, there are lots of alternative providers offering average download speeds of 63-67Mbps. This is slower than a 200Mbps connection, but prices start from just £20/month and about 95% of UK homes are able to get this service:

with £50 reward card

with £50 bill credit

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with £100 reward card

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly PriceSuper Fibre

63Mbps download12 month contract£5£20/monthFibre Mbps download18 month contract£0£23.50/monthSuperfast Fibre Plus

63Mbps download18 month contract£0£23.99/monthUnlimited Fibre Extra

66Mbps download18 month contract£0£24.99/monthSuperfast 2

67Mbps download24 month contract£0£25/monthUnlimited Fibre Plus + Line Rental Only

63Mbps download18 month contract£0£26/monthSuperfast Fibre Broadband Plus

63Mbps download12 month contract£0£27.95/monthFibre Extra

66Mbps download12 month contract£0£28/monthEE Fibre Plus

67Mbps download24 month contract£0£28.50/month67Mb Simple Broadband

67Mbps download12 month contract£0£29.99/monthFibre 2

67Mbps download24 month contract£0£31.99/monthMore Information
For more information, see our in-depth guides on download speed and upload speed. You can also read our other home broadband guides, including our review of all the major UK broadband internet providers.