Broadband Speed Guide

Broadband
October 20, 2021

Broadband Speed Guide

Types of broadband

ADSL

What is ADSL?

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is the most popular type of broadband available in the UK & is distributed to your home using copper wires used in your phone line.

How fast is ADSL?

The speed of your ADSL broadband depends on how far you are from your nearest telephone exchange.

Cable

What is cable broadband?

Cable broadband delivers fast broadband speeds through the use of fibre optic & coaxial cables. Which also delivers TV & Phone services directly to your home.

How fast is cable broadband?

Cable broadband speeds can range from 35Mbps to over 300Mbps, depending on the provider and package you choose – however there are a number of other factors that can affect your overall connection speed.

Fibre

What is fibre optic broadband?

Fibre broadband is a type of high-speed broadband. It uses fibre optic cables, which are better at transferring data than standard copper cables. And by data, we're talking online gaming and streaming movies and music. Basically, you can do all the things you love on the internet faster.

How fast is fibre optic broadband

Fibre broadband is without doubt faster than the alternatives, cable or ADSL, and many providers offer superfast fibre broadband with downloads speeds of up to around 35Mbps or 60Mbps. Some superfast broadband deals offer speeds of up to 300Mbps

What is broadband speed?

When we talk about broadband speed, we’re referring to how quickly data can be uploaded or downloaded when using an internet connection.

Most individuals focus on download speeds when they compare broadband packages. This is because the average user will download more data than they upload. Downloads can refer to files that contain music, movies or photos.

Businesses may need to consider fast download speeds as well as fast upload speeds because they are more likely to upload and share large files frequently.

How is broadband speed measured?

Broadband speed is measured in Mbps (megabits per second) and Kbps (kilobits per second). A bit is the smallest unit of data that can be transferred so when it comes to calculating speed the higher the number of bits per second, the faster your broadband connection will be. Kbps and Mbps measures are:

1.     1 Kbps: 1,000 bits per second

2.     1 Mbps: 1,000,000 bits per second

When comparing broadband deals, pay attention to how many Kbps or Mbps you get and at what cost.

ADSL Vs. Fibre optic broadband?

If you are wondering if there is a difference between standard broadband (ADSL) and fibre optic broadband, the answer is “yes”.

ADSL relies on pre-existing copper phone lines to transfer information. Fibre optic broadband, on the other hand, uses fibre optic cables to send and receive data as flashes of light. These flashes of light result in a quicker and more reliable connection.

ADSL can still provide a fast-enough connection for a small household or office, however, and it has the advantage that it’s more readily available. Optic fibre is relatively new to the market and there are many locations that don’t yet have access to this service.

What broadband speed do I need

A good broadband speed will depend on your personal preferences and how you use the internet. Typically, you can divide internet users and their speed requirements into 3 categories:

Light users: If you need a broadband connection to check your emails, do your online banking, and browse just a little, then you are a light user and your broadband speed can be kept minimal.

Medium users: If you use the internet frequently for social media, browsing the net, and catching up on the latest episode of your favourite series over and above the internet basics, then you’re considered a medium user. Medium users will need a slightly faster connection than light users.

Heavy users: If you use the internet for a significant amount of time, then you can be considered a heavy user. Heavy users are those who do peer-to-peer file sharing, online gaming or stream films and music.

To determine how much broadband speed you need, you may also want to consider the usage requirement of everyone in your household or office. This is because the number of people using the connection can affect the overall broadband speed.

It’s important to note that while broadband deals mention certain speeds, this isn’t necessarily the speed you will get. The measurement advertised is the maximum speed that will be available to you and there are many internal and external factors that could reduce the final speed-type you receive.

What is a good broadband speed?

Generally a good internet or broadband speed is around 11Mbps for standard broadband. A faster broadband speed would be between 11Mbps and 50Mbps. A very fast broadband speed would be 100Mbps or higher

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