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While most people now opt for broadband services for their Internet, not all broadband is created equally. There are different types to consider. So, what does that mean for the type of broadband you should have installed in your home? 

Simply put, you should focus on the broadband that meets your needs. That includes how many people might be using the Internet at once, or what you’re using it for.

For example, you’ll need a higher-speed option if you’re playing video games online than you would if you’re just working from home and typing away all day. 

With that in mind, let’s talk about some of the most common types of broadband, and which one would be best for you. 

 

What Are the Different Types of Broadband?

When it comes to fixed-line broadband in the UK, the most common types are: 

  • Fibre
  • Cable
  • ADSL

ADSL is often the most widely-available and uses copper phone lines already existing within your home. ADSL can be a good option, but if you live far away from your telephone exchange, your Internet speeds will likely be slower. Depending on your needs, the service may not be able to keep up. 

Cable networks typically use a combination of both fibre optic and coaxial cables to deliver faster service. But, the fastest possible service often comes from going with strictly fibre optic broadband. 

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Why is Fibre Optic Better?

Unlike ADSL which uses copper cables, fibre optic broadband uses multiple cables that are actually finer and thinner than human hair. Fibre is far more efficient at mobilizing data than cable, so it can provide faster Internet speeds to your home. 

Fibre optic broadband is not only faster than standard broadband networks, but it’s extremely reliable and easy to get. If you do things like stream videos or music, play games, or have multiple people using the Internet at once, fibre optic is likely the best choice for your household. 

Don’t steer away from a faster network just because you think it might cost more. Fibre optic is worth its price tag, and several providers offer budget options, like TalkTalk. Choosing the best provider will depend on your needs, whether you’re more into the speed of the service or the customer service you’ll receive. 

For some time, people didn’t actively look into fibre optic broadband because it wasn’t available in all areas. The good news? If you live in a town or city, it’s likely available to you. If you live in a rural area, you may still have a hard time getting it, but it is becoming more prominent across the country. 

So, don’t be afraid to contact a provider (one that fits your Internet needs) and ask if fibre optic broadband is available in your area today. You’ll be amazed by the difference the speed can make, so you can truly enjoy your online experience even more.

 

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