What is the first thing you do if you are unsure about some fact, figure or have a question in your mind? Like everyone, you must search for it on Google and other similar search engines. Internet has become an integral part of our day-to-day lives. So much so, that ‘access to internet’ has been legalised, and is now considered a Human Right and a crucial to enjoyment and protection of our freedom expression and opinion. In addition to revolutionising the way the world operates it has become our de facto hub of information needed to make informed decisions.
This article takes a look at the Internet in UK.
The United Kingdom has been involved with the internet from the very start. The country domain for the United Kingdom is “.uk” and is widely used by banks and financial institutions in the country. One of the earliest forms of internet was the dial up. These systems were originally introduced into the UK back in the year 1991 by a company called Pipex. Dial-up internet had racked up some 150 customers within 2 years of its introduction. Over time, the dial up technology became outdated and was replaced by newer and more advanced broadband technologies. However, due to its relevance and ability to operate free of broadband, it is still kept as a backup internet option. The fall of dialup internet was accelerated by the rise of broadband internet. In the UK, broadband internet was initially provided to the customers in collaboration by regional telephone and cable television companies. Over time, as the profits started to come in and the market continued to expand, these businesses gradually started to merge into larger companies.
Broadband continues to be the way for most customers in the UK to access the internet. However, it has gone through a number of different evolutions and changes. For example, after the development of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) broadband internet can now be transferred via standard cooper cables used commonly for telephones. In addition to the standard broadband, over the years, wireless broadband has developed which is now in direct competition with simple broadband internet. Today, there are three primary forms of internet technologies in competition with one another to achieve the higher market share from amongst internet users in the UK.
Here are some of the facts related to internet in the UK:
As previously mentioned, there are three primary internet technologies that are operating and competing with one another in UK. These three are:
Let's take a look at each one of them in a little more detail.
Cable internet is short for Cable Internet access. Despite being in competition with broadband, this is an offshoot of broadband with the internet travelling through cable television wires. Cable internet providers in the UK work in a similar way to agents, they provide internet from an ISP to the end user and charge fees for their services, typically on a monthly basis, similar to a rent. Cable internets are typically used in residential areas.
The broadband internet being talked about here is a DSL connection which is transferred through unused phone lines be it copper or Fibre Optic. These broadband services are one of the most widely used internet technology in offices and commercial buildings. In a DSL, the problem is that the speed of the internet will vary according to the user’s distance from the switching station. As far off a person is from the switching station, the slower the speed of the internet.
Wireless Internet is also known as Wi-Fi. The “W” stands for wireless and the “I” for internet but the creator of the word used Fi simply because it rhymed. This is one of the newest forms of internet being made available to the customers. A Wireless internet allows the user to stay mobile when using the internet. There is no hassle of cables or telephone lines. Wi-Fi is already used by millions of Britons and it is commonly available in Cafes, restaurants, etc.
Internet forms an important part of the lives of people who live in the UK and has changed from a unique and exciting product to a commodity that almost everyone needs in their life.