Throughout and bandwidth are two related terms that are frequently used in similar contexts – so it can get a bit confusing. But they are actually very different, and it’s good to know which one you’re talking about!
So what is the difference exactly?
Let’s put it simply: Think of bandwidth like a drinking straw. It might be a big thick one or a thin, twisty one. Throughput is not the straw but the liquid you drink through it. So, bandwidth does affect throughput, but they’re not the same thing.
The importance of throughput and bandwidth
Throughout is how much data can be sent from the source to the destination in a given amount of time. Bandwidth, on the other hand, refers to the total transfer capacity of a network.
Keep in mind that bandwidth is about capacity, not speed. It also doesn't necessarily correlate with quality! Even a high bandwidth network can have poor performance.
Bandwidth definitely has an impact on performance, because the bigger the drinking straw is, the more liquid can be transported through it, right? That's the same way that bandwidth and throughput work. However, the straw might have other problems, like too many twists, a bend stopping the flow, or a crack or leak somewhere. That's why, generally, throughput is a better metric to use to track network performance.
Of course, we’re actually talking about data packets and how quickly and efficiently they’re transferred – not drinking straws and soda. But you get the idea!
How Sinch can help
Different number types have different throughput levels. There are many other factors which can affect your throughput as well. Either way, though, you want to optimize!
We’re happy to help you determine what number type is best for you and how you can get the best throughput possible. Get in touch!