One of the most commonly searched phrases on the internet is ‘best broadband deals in my area’. Yet many people do not understand just what options are available to them, especially in rural areas where their options may be more limited. So just what options are there for internet?
ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is the most common form of internet available in the UK. It uses the copper wires in your telephone line to provide internet to your home. However, the speed of this connection is dependent on the distance from your home to the telephone exchange. There are two different forms of ADSL with each one providing different speeds:
ADSL1: This form of ADSL only reaches a top speed of 8Mbit/s meaning that those who prefer a faster internet connection may find themselves disappointed.
ADSL2+: The maximum speed of this ADSL technology is 24Mbit/s, providing a faster connection.
Cable internet uses both fibre and coaxial cables straight to homes and businesses. These cables allow a much faster connection, reaching speeds of up to 152Mbit/s. Both TV and phone services can also be delivered through this method, meaning consumers only have to sort out one broadband package.
Fibre connections utilise a series of fibre cables all in a cluster, with extremely thin cables. However, these fibre cables do not cover the entire country meaning that fibre coverage is not available everywhere. Currently, two forms of fibre connections exist in the UK. These are:
FTTC – Fibre to the cabinet connections run from a telephone exchange to a cabinet of cables outside an area, with normal copper telephone cables then running into individual houses.
FTTP – Fibre to the premises provides a fibre connection straight into a house, allowing for a much faster connection.
One of the best options for internet is 4G broadband. This works in a similar way to the previous methods described, with users getting a steady internet connection and paying a monthly fee for it. Yet there is one key difference, 4G home internet is delivered through the 4G network that many mobile phones use. There are some great benefits to 4G home broadband, including: no set-up fees, no need for a phone, and it can be taken with you on the go!
If you’re interested in getting a super-fast internet connection, connect 4G4U today and we’ll be happy to talk through our amazing deals with you!