How fast is broadband?
What makes a connection fast enough to be called “broadband” There is no standard definition, and what qualifies as a broadband service varies across the world. In the UK we have access to a wide variety of services with different levels of performance. Almost every home and business can get access to a fixed-line connection of at least 2Mbps (megabits per second), but most can get speeds in excess of 24Mbps. Not sure what speed you need, or want to know what you’re currently getting. Their guide to broadband speeds can help.
What can I do with broadband internet?
A broadband connection will give you access to everything you can get from the internet: you will be able to set up and access your email; surf the web; use social networking programs such as Facebook and auction sites like eBay; watch and listen to live television and radio, as well as download music, pictures, and video; play games; do online banking - and a whole lot more.
What do I need to use broadband?
All you need to use broadband is a device that can connect to the internet and has software for accessing online services. This could be a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or games console, or any other device capable of connecting over wired or wireless networking.
I already have broadband. How can I check my speed?
If you already have a broadband internet connection and are worried about your connection speed, you can check it with their broadband speed test. To build an accurate picture of your speed, they recommend you switch off or disconnect all other devices, connect to the router with a network cable (or, if that’s not possible, sit right next to it to ensure your Wi-Fi signal is very strong), and run a number of tests at different times of the day throughout the week.
Will I get the advertised broadband speed?
There is no guarantee you’ll receive the advertised speed. Broadband performance varies depending on factors such as your location, quality of the lines, and network traffic. Of course, it’s not always a bad thing - you might end up with a faster connection too!