High-speed broadband connections have introduced Internet subscribers to a browsing experience that used to be the prerogative of the corporate sector. With broadband service providers all over the UK promising super fast broadband speeds and offering an array of deals and packages, it is but natural to get confused. To understand what these imply and what kind of connection will work best for an individual, it is important to first assess the kind of speed one is looking for and what can be expected from these packages.
There are primarily two types of broadband available: regular or cable, and fibre optic broadband. These two are similar to each other in function; however, vary in several areas. Regular or cable broadband connection comprises of either a copper telephone line or a coaxial cable. On the other hand, in a fibre optic broadband connection, the data packets are converted into light and transmitted through fibre lines, resulting in a higher output.
A cable broadband connection deploys the cable modem technology that is designed to work for various television networks in the neighbourhood or an area. One connection may be shared by as many as 500 broadband users, resulting in slow speed in peak hours. Fibre Optic broadband can carry over 1000 fibres in a single fibre optic cable, with each of them providing Internet access to a single household. This eliminates the problem of speed that is a common issue with cable connections. Fibre optic cables are made of glass and are as thick as a telephone wire with the ability to endure all forms of interference.
If a user requires higher speeds such as 40, 50 or 100 MB; it is then advisable to opt for a fibre optic broadband connection. As fibre optic wires are able to carry a larger amount of data at higher speeds, they provide faster data speeds than regular broadband.
There is more probability of security problems with cable Internet connections as compared to fibre optic broadband access. As several households share the same cable connection, it becomes easier for hackers to distribute viruses or steal information. However, the glass wires of fibre optic broadband connection along with its feature of single subscribers with each wire make it almost impossible for hackers to violate security.
Contrary to popular belief, fibre optic cables are more cost-effective and affordable than regular cable connections due to their low cost of maintenance. However, these are not available in all areas yet. Conversely, the increase in the cost of a cable connection is directly proportional to the speed it provides. Hence, the faster the broadband connection, the higher the monthly charges it will incur.
Eventually, it depends on the user requirement of speed and connectivity when it comes to selecting an appropriate broadband package. If it is a high speed and multiple Internet connection that one is looking for, a new fibre optic broadband will work best. However, if the requirement is limited to a user for simple email and Internet browsing, a cable broadband may fit the bill too.