ADSL vs fibre optic broadband
ADSL relies on pre-existing copper phone lines whereas fibre optic broadband uses fibre optic cables to send and receive data as flashes of light resulting to a quicker and more reliable connection.
ADSL can still provide a fast enough connection for a small household or office and the main advantage is that is more readily available.
The speed you need
A good broadband speed would average just above 25Mbps. It can support modest use in a household or small office such as HD streaming, web browsing, online gaming and music downloads.
Faster broadband speeds are recommended to large households or offices where the connection needs to support many users or devices simultaneously. To determine the speed you need, you need to consider the usage requirements of everyone that would have access to the service. Because the number of people using the connection affects the overall speed.
The speed you currently get
If you have issues with your current connection, it is important to know how much speed you get.
Firstly to determine whether you are getting the maximum possible from your connection.
Secondly to know how much faster speed you need so you can upgrade.
It’s important to note that it is not always possible to get the maximum speed of your broadband deal; there are many internal and external factors that could reduce the final speed-type you receive, the most important being the distance between your premises and the nearest BT exchange.
You can now get broadband service without a phone line if you do not need it.
There are 2 options, always subject to availability.
SOGEA broadband starting from £36.81 per month
FTTP broadband starting from £35.91
*Subject to availability
Fibre optic is relatively new to the market and there are still many locations that do not have access to all the fibre optic service types.