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ADSL Broadband is available to 99 per cent of UK homes via fixed line telephone wires. ADSL broadband is available at speeds from 2Mbps to 24Mbps, with cheap deals to suit everyone.
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There’s a lot of jargon bandied around when it comes to broadband. And unless you know what all the tech-speak actually means, it can be hard to know if you're getting a service that's right for you.
ADSL is one of the most important concepts for you to get to grips with. And that's because it relates to the most common type of connection available in the UK.
Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line
ADSL broadband is a broadband connection which runs through the copper wires of a phone line. Most standard home broadband is ADSL broadband, although we've recently seen the arrival of faster ADSL2 broadband technology, as well as cutting-edge fibre-optic broadband.
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When it's installed, a microfilter is plugged into your phone connection which separates the frequency of your phone line from that of your broadband connection. It is this that allows you to surf the web while chatting on the phone.
An ADSL broadband connection comes through the BT phone line network, direct to your house. All the technology is already in place, so connecting is really simple and the service is available right across the country.
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Because the majority of internet service providers operate an ADSL and ADSL 2 broadband service, there's strong competition for business. This has resulted in low prices and great new deals appearing every month.
ADSL broadband allows users to access fast broadband connections of up to 24Mbps. You can find out more about fast ADSL broadband and compare all fast broadband packages here Fast broadband
If cost is your main concern, then ADSL broadband providers such as Talk Talk and BT offer packages at very keen price points. If you’re a frequent user and want to make more of the internet, you're advised to pay more attention to the speedy connections with unlimited download allowances that some providers offer.
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Want to find out more? See our "What is ADSL broadband?" guide.
If you want some help deciding which broadband package is best for you, you can weigh up the advantages of a home ADSL broadband connection against those of mobile broadband by reading our home v mobile broadband guide.
Think you want a faster cable broadband package? Check out fibre optic broadband packages at our dedicated page
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