A recent report carried out by Akamai showed that the average household in the UK only receives 8.4Mbps. These speeds put the UK ninth in the world in terms of speed, with no cities or towns being able to achieve superfast download speeds as yet. The comparison service uSwitch claim the fastest speeds were measured in Telford, where customers receive up to 22.9Mbps.
Catching Up with the World
Internet providers in the UK are working hard to improve speeds for their customers. One of the reasons the UK is not quite reaching the speeds dictated as being high speed is due to the lack of fibre optics. Fibre optic broadband is able to provide a much faster and stronger connection, so it’s good news that this service is being systemically rolled out all over the UK. The problem is many customers are failing to recognise the advantages.
Moving with the Times
ADSL broadband was once the new technology that everyone wanted. The technology promised customers up to 8Mpbs downstream speeds, using copper wires. The copper wires were not put in place to deliver broadband; instead they were already in place being used for voice calls. ADSL broadband was a great improvement compared with dialup and initially it felt very fast. However, as homes have become more high tech, with more than one computer and several gadgets in the home all fighting for bandwidth, ADSL quickly became outdated and slow. Today, people use the Internet without even really thinking about it. Social media means we are connected most of the time via our mobile devices. We want to watch video clips, download music and films, connect laptops and tablets and share images and information. Without a fast broadband speed watching a podcast, for instance, becomes very difficult as the connection will lag and the programme would be interrupted. Fibre optic broadband has changed the way we can view everything.
Advantages of Fibre Optic Broadband
The major problem with ADSL is the use of the copper wiring. The further the wires are from the central exchange the weaker the Internet connection is. This is why the introduction of fibre optics in the UK is long overdue. The fibre optic system is a whole new infrastructure that means the strength of the connection doesn’t get weaker; it remains constant; making it possible for greater speeds to be provided to every city and town in the UK.
There are a few suppliers now offering fibre optics in the UK, with BT Infinity being one of the best options out there according to uSwitch. You can receive very fast speeds of up to 300Mb, ideal for those living with families or friends. Fibre optic broadband is able to cope with the demands being placed on the bandwidth by multiple people using different online gadgets such as Smart TVs, laptops and PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Currently the speeds in urban areas are faster than rural areas but it’s only a matter of time before the UK can catch up with other European countries. The government is hoping to ensure that 95% of the UK is able to receive superfast connection by 2017. It’s only a matter of time before everyone can take advantage of the greater speeds. It’s just essential that customers realise they will need to change over their service to take advantage of the improved speeds out there. It’s up to you to look for the latest packages for BT telephones, broadband and TV and discover great deals and faster services.
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