Looking for a great broadband connection? You've probably already come across the two most common broadband services, "ADSL" and "Fibre Optic". These two are the most popular among UK internet service providers. Consumers are often confused between the two and about which might be best for them. To help you through the selection process we have provided a short guide about ADSL and Fibre Optic with a comparison of both of them.
Lets start with the basics, ADSL stands for "Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line." To put it simply, this is an internet line which normally functions through a BT telephone exchange. The technology of ADSL converts your telephonic line into a speedy digital connection that transmits data faster over phone lines giving greater performance than the previously used dial-up modems.
A type of DSL line, ADSL technology works by transmitting data over copper wires. It utilises the frequencies that aren’t being used by a voice call. ASDL is a great replacement for dial-up connections and ISDN. Unlike the old times, you don’t have to wait for the modem to connect you to the World Wide Web. Additionally, phone calls can also be made simultaneously along with the ADSL internet usage. Typically, an ADSL offers speeds which are 30 to 40 times faster than an old connection. You can stream videos and download files from the internet, all at the same time while making calls.
One of the latest advancements in broadband technology - fibre optic connections are promising in the sense of providing fastest internet to all sorts of consumers.
The name 'fibre' comes from the usage of plastic or glass cables, which naturally allow fast data transfers. Fibre optics are relatively easier to use and also don’t require any particular software to function.
Let's move on towards making comparisons of both ADSL and Fibre broadband services now.
ADSL is often referred to by a standard broadband provider. It typically offers speed that can shoot up to 17 Mbps. However, the actual speed provided to the end customer may vary. It’s commonly seen that the advertised speed never reaches potential ADSL users anyway. The standard speed that these sorts of connected users are getting on an average is roughly around 8 Mbps.
A fibre optic broadband connection supplies speed which is super fast and is often given the term of "infinity" broadband. For instance, in the United Kingdom, a BT fibre broadband is currently offering speed from 35Mb to an impressive 79 Mb. The speed advantage of fibre optic is such that your connection signal will not waver even if you are further away from the telephone exchange line.
Comparing the prices of these two is not easy. In various service providers, there will be different hidden charges and fees involved. These, when combined at the end, will produce a figure which is different from what you might have in mind initially. Simply put, the cost of your broadband depends on the service provider you opt for.
There are some reputable ASDL providers offering prices starting from £0 per month, with £16 extra for line rental for 12 or 24 month contracts. If you want a Fibre Optic cable connection, then use our postcode search to see if your postcode is supported. Our fantastic listings will only show Virgin Fibre if your postcode is supported, saving you the disappointment of applying, just to find out it isn't in your area.