Technology is improving all the time and broadband is no different. We can now download and stream television, films and music, and in order to keep up, broadband is getting faster and faster! Depending on your location, you can now get broadband speeds as fast as 900Mbps!
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The speed of your broadband signifies the speed at which information transfers from the internet to your computer. So a connection speed of 8Mbps can transfer eight megabits of information per second.
It is worth noting that the speed of your connection only refers to your download speed; your upload speed tends to be slower. Currently, the fastest high-speed broadband available in the UK is 900Mbps, a speed that allows consumers to download songs in a matter of seconds and movies in minutes.
Unfortunately, these speeds are only offered in very limited areas. However, fibre broadband is still widely offered in the UK as a fibre to the cabinet connection, which offers average broadband speeds around 35Mbps or 65Mbps, depending upon which level you sign up for.
You can quickly and easily test the speed of your current connection on our state-of-the-art speedtest.
Bear in mind that your broadband speed for any service that uses copper wire at any stage depends on the distance of your house from the nearest telephone exchange.
Even if you live just a few miles from a built-up area, your broadband speed may drop down as low as 0.5Mbps if you are signed up to a standard ADSL broadband package, which is delivered to your home entirely by the same, ageing copper wire that provides you with your home telephone signal.
Fibre broadband delivers more reliable speeds in line with the advertised average speeds. This is because in these cases, the connection is delivered completely by fibre-optic cables, which are capable of carrying signals long distances without any degradation.
Mobile broadband speeds are still quite inferior to those of home broadband, especially cable broadband. However, if you live in an area with 4G mobile broadband coverage, you can expect broadband speeds comparable to that of cable.
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