The download speed specifies at what speed data can be received via a network. The download speed is typically specified as bits per second or in multiples such as kilobit per second and megabit per second. In terms of an internet connection, the download speed in addition to the upload speed essentially determines its capacity and performance. In addition to other parameters it specifies how quickly a website, for example, can be downloaded and viewed on a computer. The maximum streaming speed for online videos and audio is based on the download speed of the internet connection. The International Telecommunication Union, or ITU, determined that in order for an internet connection to be referred to as a broadband connection, the transfer rate must be at least 2048 kilobit per second. However, some countries and regions have defined different rates for broadband connections.