In recent times, the term ‘super fast broadband’ has been used more and more with regards to broadband.
In all the TV adverts, they suggest downloads that are ‘faster than ever’ and that you’ll connect with ‘lightning speeds’…but what does this all mean? Today, we’ve created a guide to answer this exact question!
How fast is super fast broadband?
In the trade, a connection needs to reach at least 30Mbps in order to qualify as ‘super fast broadband’. Compared to the UK average, which is 9Mbps, you can see the difference even when at minimum levels.
What does this mean for you? Well, you’ll be able to download music and movies much faster than ever before just as the adverts suggest. As you browse the web, pages will load without a hitch and you can even stream in high-quality without issues.
How is it faster?
If you’re wondering why these speeds are only just available now, it’s generally down to the improved network we have available.
If we use Virgin Media as an example, their next-generation fibre-optic network allows for speeds of up to 300Mbps.
Thanks to this improved infrastructure, data can be relayed much easier than ADSL copper wires which have actually been slowing our connection speeds for many years.
With BT, they use ‘fibre-to-the-cabinet’ technology which is slightly different and they tend to reach speeds of 76Mbps. Thanks to this particular improvement, other companies who utilize the infrastructure of BT have been allowed to offer faster speeds too and this includes TalkTalk, Plusnet, and Sky.
Currently, we seem to have yet another transition with pure fibre Infinity from BT. Although it isn’t available across the country just yet, those who have access are enjoying speeds of up to 330Mbps.
Can I get super fast broadband?
These days, fibre-optic ‘super fast broadband’ is accessible for millions within the UK.
Despite some rural areas still missing out, most well-populated cities and towns have the infrastructure in place. Even if you’re in the countryside with no fibre technology nearby, fast connections could still be accessible via ADSL broadband.
With most ADSL providers offering 16Mbps, this is still impressive considering where we’ve come from over the years.
If you aren’t sure what’s available in your area, check an online postcode checker. After typing in your postcode, you’ll be shown exactly what’s available.
Which provider is best?
When it comes to super-fast broadband, Virgin Media has the throne currently with 300Mbps in upgraded areas; on cheaper plans, 100Mbps and 200Mbps speeds are also available.
Next up, we have BT who offer 76Mbps and this includes the carriers who use the same network including Plusnet, Sky, and TalkTalk.
Should I invest? – If you’re thinking about making the switch to super-fast broadband, you first need to consider how often you watch online content, download, play games, and stream movies or music.
If you do all of these things, you’ll benefit from a super fast broadband. If you don’t do any of this but instead check your emails once a day, you’re absolutely fine with your current package.
Why spend out for something you aren’t going to use? It would be like buying a sports car when you only use the vehicle once a month; you wouldn’t be getting the best from it and the same is true for super fast broadband!