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The UK's fastest broadband providers are BT and Virgin Media, whose premium broadband products offer guaranteed speeds of 330Mbps and 200Mbps respectively.
The bad news is that these lightning quick broadband packages — which are made possible by specially built fibre-optic broadband networks — are only available in certain areas, typically in urban locations.
However, just because you're not in one of the areas served by Virgin Media and BT's pure-fibre service doesn't mean you can't necessarily get a faster broadband connection than you've already got.
Using a combination of fibre-to-the-cabinet and ADSL technology, BT offers cheaper Infinity products with top speeds of 76Mbps and 38Mbps. Other carriers, such as TalkTalk and Plusnet, also piggyback on BT's network to offer comparable speeds with fibre-ADSL services of their own.
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But that still doesn't rule out you getting a faster broadband service. This is because broadband suppliers have been maximising standard ADSL networks — which are in place all over the country — so that they can deliver a better and faster connection.
As a result, you can now get an ADSL broadband product offering speeds of up to 16Mbps and 17Mbps from the likes of BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk.
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If you choose a fibre-optic broadband package from Virgin Media, you are guaranteed to get the speed advertised. This is the great advantage of fibre-optic broadband technology.
Opt for an ADSL broadband product, however, and you can sometimes find you get a broadband speed that's below the maximum connection speed that is claimed by the provider.
This is because when broadband is delivered over older ADSL technology, the speed of a connection is affected by how far you live from the telephone exchange and the quality of the wires.
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Faster broadband can transform your internet experience beyond recognition. With a faster broadband bundle, you can download music and movies in a fraction of the time that you're likely to be used to.
This brings an end to the days of having to wait hours to see the movie you want and means you've got much more flexibility to see what you want, when you want.
Faster broadband is also great if you're a fan of online gaming. With a faster broadband package, you can expect a much smoother, slicker and altogether more enjoyable gaming experience.
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