The Future of Broadband

broadbandDespite being only a few decades old, the internet has evolved from a privately used network to one of the most culturally important entities in the world. With rapid developments in technology that have enabled huge increases in accessibility, demand and use of the internet is at an all time high. Data speeds have been increasing globally and with the introduction of fibre optic connections now commercially available, things are only going to get faster.

With access to fibre optic and 4G networks in developed countries increasingly on the rise, older technologies such as ADSL and 3G are rapidly going out of fashion. These new forms of high speed service connections, such as broadband from Virgin Media, are allowing users to access and download large quantities of data in seconds. This is already revolutionizing internet on the move, with people now able to stream movies and music on the move without any interruptions.

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As a wireless service, 4G is widely seen to be the holy grail of mobile internet and is capable of exceeding your average basic internet connection, with speeds varying from 8-30Mbps. The speed and quality obviously depend on your provider and your location, though in general, 4G is allowing people to completely forget about having a home internet connection if they can get a data package that works.

There are still large parts of the UK that don’t have access to even 5mbps internet connections because installing the technology required presents little financial incentives for ISPs. Because 4G signals can be transmitted much further than 3G, rural areas that have been long neglected by internet service providers will now have access to high speed internet without having to fork out thousands of pounds to have fibre optic lines laid down.

Mobile internet use is still heavily regulated by mobile phone providers in order to reduce the loads put on their services. It is still highly debated whether this is a legitimate reason or merely an excuse to charge customers more. However one thing is certain – as 4G coverage increases, data tariffs will undoubtedly decrease in price.

Fibre optic

Fibre optic internet is hailed as the future of the world wide web and will be the fastest form of commercially available internet for the next 10 years. It’s currently available across most major cities in the UK and offers speeds of up to 120mbps+. Virgin Media offer the fastest internet in the UK right now with a 152mbps connection. These types of internet connections allow for incredibly smooth streaming and eye wateringly fast downloads. However, fibre optic is not cheap as far as internet packages go and for the average internet user it could be considered slightly over the top. Obviously, if you love playing computer games and downloading video content, fibre optic will undoubtedly be for you and your friends and family! So find out whether your neighborhood is now fibre optic ready so you can plug into some seriously fast internet and download speeds.

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