Broadband connectivity is becoming commonplace in the UK, delivering high-speed access to the internet and facilitating an era of telecommunications that is unprecedented. To many, the evolution of internet technology develops at such a pace to leave room for a number of questions. Accordingly, we’ve compiled this guide to broadband internet to help answer any questions you may have. Whether you’re new to technology, want to refresh your knowledge, or simply wish to stay up-to-date with all the latest developments, with Xinix you can stay fully aware of any changes.
Connecting to the internet has traditionally been achieved in one of two ways: broadband connectivity, or via a much-slower dial-up service. For those in remote areas and where broadband coverage cannot reach, dial-up connectivity remains the only means of accessing the internet. For others, broadband can be accessed through a number of means, such as an ADSL line, fibre-optic cable, mobile signal, or even satellite.
Before committing to a broadband contract, it is essential to assess your internet needs. Depending on whether you’re usage is low, medium or high will dictate the specific service and the package you require. If you plan on using the web to stream videos, download programmes, conduct voice calls, or have a number of individuals running on the same network, you will require fast, unlimited broadband. For more modest tastes such as regular emailing and daily browsing, a cheaper package should suffice, while for those using the web simply to access social networks and carry out web-based shopping, a basic package will deliver everything required.
The basic requirements for ADSL ensure that it is widely available throughout the UK; you simply need a phone line and a special filter/splitter to plug into your telephone port. This divides your telephone line into one channel specifically for phone calls, and one for broadband connectivity. Download speeds for ADSL are superior to upload speeds, so it’s worth considering the amount of files you will be uploading.
With ultra-fast capability and great stability, fibre-optic broadband is the choice for those looking for the very best in terms of quality. Though not as widely available as ADSL broadband, fibre-optic cabling is becoming more and more common, meaning that, should you have a number of people looking to access the internet from one location, plan on downloading and uploading a large quantity of files, conducting communications over the web, or streaming videos, this is the choice for you.
Designed for infrequent internet users, those reticent to take out a contract, or those without a landline, mobile broadband can be accessed through what’s known as a ‘dongle’. Available from mobile phone suppliers, these dongles access the web through mobile phone signals, and are available on either a pay-as-you-go or pay monthly basis.
One of the least popular options, satellite broadband can prove costly and unreliable, and should only be considered by those living in remote areas with poor network coverage.
Depending on your own specific circumstances, deciding whether to opt for a standalone broadband service or broadband packaged with additional products is relatively straightforward. Packages – or bundles – often incorporate such features as broadband, calls, mobile phones, and television, leaving you with a single bill for all items. At Xinix, we often recommend packaging calls, phone lines, and mobile calls into one bundle, particularly if you’re a business user looking for a deal that delivers a host of advantages. Of course, deciding on which service to opt for is dependant solely on your own specific needs, so take into consideration every possible requirement before signing up to any contract.
Ensuring you get the best value for money means shopping around. With broadband – either for home or business – this is no different. As the marketplace features more providers offering similar services, it makes sense to investigate precisely what’s on offer. Doing so may well see you save money in both the short and the long term. It’s important to stress that, before you begin to shop around for a new broadband provider, you should be fully aware of your requirements. This will then enable you to compare offerings on a like-for-like basis, matching products from different providers in a way that clearly identifies the best deal. Plus, it means you will not be blinded by great price alone, as you may end up being tied into a contract for services that don’t fulfil your needs.
As a customer, you are in the best possible position to benefit from the increase in competition. Tariffs are continually evolving, meaning that you are able to secure more for you money than you may have been able to twelve months earlier. You may even find yourself in a position to renegotiate a new plan with your existing provider, who will be keen to retain you as a customer. For more information about the different broadband products available, and enquiries about prices and packages, contact Xinix today. Our friendly, experienced team will be able to answer any questions you may have.