Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the types of broadband available?

While average download speeds in the UK have now reached 23Mbps (megabits per second), there’s a huge gap between the fastest and slowest on offer. According to Ofcom, some premises are benefiting from speeds in excess of 350Mbps, while others limp along at just 0.1Mbps.

Read on to find out the key differences between ADSL and fibre optic broadband and why fibre optic broadband might struggle in some areas.

What is ADSL broadband?

Most broadband users pay for an ADSL service which uses the BT phone network, transmitting data along copper cables from our nearest BT exchange to our house.

The further you are from the exchange the further the speed drops, which is why few people ever achieve the advertised ‘up to’ speed (typically 18-24Mbps). This is especially true in rural areas, where the nearest exchange can be miles away.

Why is fibre optic (FTTC) broadband faster?

Superfast Fibre broadband is available to 75% of UK addresses and uses more efficient fibre-optic cables. These give greater top speeds (typically more than 50-80Mbps) with less drop-off over distance.

FTTC is a service in which the ISP link the exchange and what’s known as a street cabinet via a fibre optic cable, while a slower cable then connects the cabinet to your address. This slower cable can create a bottleneck, but the download speeds on offer should still be suitable for most businesses and far superior to the speeds offered by ADSL, despite being only slightly more expensive than an ADSL connection.

Whilst not all addresses are able to take advantage of Superfast FTTC Broadband, we will be happy to advise which services are available at your site. So please contact us today!