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Different types of broadband and should you invest?

Different broadband types can be difficult to define, which is why we have made this blog especially for

There are numerous broadband lines that you can take advantage of. It all depends on what sort of use it is for such as business or personal. This blog will today tell you what types of broadband there is currently on the market, and how it can benefit and help decide which is better for you. 

ADSL

This is the most popular form of broadband in this current time which is delivered through copper wires of your telephone lines. The speed of your broadband however will depend on how far away you live from your telephone exchange. If you live far away, the speed can be slower as opposed to those who live closer. 

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Advantages

  • Able to use telephones and internet simultaneously
  • Provides high speed data services
  • Offers more capacity to download from the internet

Disadvantages

  • It isn’t available everywhere
  • Affected by the number of people using it in a certain area
  • Doesn’t offer level of service guarantee 

Cable

Cable broadband is commonly used for homes instead of businesses. It’s mainly fibre optic, but the connection between the local exchange and your home is what makes it different. It’s made of coaxial cable which is designed to transfer and carry data faster than copper. The reason behind this is that it experiences less loss in speed over distance. 

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Advantages

  • Faster than some other types of broadband lines
  • Supports data heavy activities (e.g. online games)
  • Not as prone to dropout

Disadvantages

  • Slower than fibre optic broadband
  • Connection fees required especially when hiring a technician
  • Not available in all places

Fibre Optic broadband

This is where it can get complicated for some as fibre optic and cable are similar in the way that they move data around. The difference is that cable broadband uses coaxial wires the connect from the exchange to your home, whereas fibre optic uses copper. With technology constantly evolving, fibre optic lines are more common than ever and the fastest way to broadband.

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Advantages

  • Signals can be transmitted further than copper cables
  • Low security risk
  • Small in size which saves more space in transmission
  • High bandwith meaning large data can be transmitted faster

Disadvantages

  • Fragility: They are made of glass which means they require special care
  • Difficult to install: Needs special assistance to install lines

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