Simple Guide to Broadband Speed

Which? has put together some top tips that may help to increase your broadband speed.   The article can be found here.

Ofcom has also put together an article with practical tips on improving your broadband speed.   The article can be found here.

Much of the UK's broadband infrastructure is made up of a combination of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and copper cabling from the cabinet to the premises.  On copper, fibre capacity deteriorates over distance.

Many ISPs use BT Wholesale to deliver their services, so most of the network will be identical.  Even if they have their own equipment in your telephone exchange, the fibre and copper lines to your premises will still be the same length and quality which will inevitably mean the speed you experience is similar across different ISPs.

If you have a specific query about the broadband speed you can receive, your first point of call should always be your Internet Service Provider. 

It’s perfectly normal for the speed to change from day to day, from hour to hour, even from minute to minute.

The available capacity on the network is shared out amongst all the customers that are using the internet at any one time.  This means that at busy times such as evenings and weekends when more people are using the internet, each person gets a smaller share of the available capacity and so lower speeds than when the network is quiet.

What you want to do on the internet will determine what speed you need.  So, for example, if you only plan to send emails or perhaps catch up with friends over Facebook a basic connection speed of around 2Mbps is adequate.   However, if you want to watch live television or download large files such as albums, then superfast broadband is recommended as this will give a more reliable service and will greatly reduce the download time.

We would also recommend a superfast connection if you have several members of the household all wanting to go online at once.

Simple Guide to Broadband Speed

Which? has put together some top tips that may help to increase your broadband speed.   The article can be found here.

Ofcom has also put together an article with practical tips on improving your broadband speed.   The article can be found here.

Much of the UK's broadband infrastructure is made up of a combination of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and copper cabling from the cabinet to the premises.  On copper, fibre capacity deteriorates over distance.

Many ISPs use BT Wholesale to deliver their services, so most of the network will be identical.  Even if they have their own equipment in your telephone exchange, the fibre and copper lines to your premises will still be the same length and quality which will inevitably mean the speed you experience is similar across different ISPs.

If you have a specific query about the broadband speed you can receive, your first point of call should always be your Internet Service Provider. 

It’s perfectly normal for the speed to change from day to day, from hour to hour, even from minute to minute.

The available capacity on the network is shared out amongst all the customers that are using the internet at any one time.  This means that at busy times such as evenings and weekends when more people are using the internet, each person gets a smaller share of the available capacity and so lower speeds than when the network is quiet.

What you want to do on the internet will determine what speed you need.  So, for example, if you only plan to send emails or perhaps catch up with friends over Facebook a basic connection speed of around 2Mbps is adequate.   However, if you want to watch live television or download large files such as albums, then superfast broadband is recommended as this will give a more reliable service and will greatly reduce the download time.

We would also recommend a superfast connection if you have several members of the household all wanting to go online at once.