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Super-fast broadband is a term used to describe broadband connections that enable you to download files and surf the Internet at lightning speeds. Super-fast broadband is the next step in the evolution of the Internet.
We define super-fast broadband as a connection with a speed of 30Mbps or above. This means that even at its slowest, super-fast broadband is several times faster than the UK average of around 9Mbps.
A super-fast connection means you can download movies and music within seconds and stream TV without interruption, too. As a result, your web surfing experience will be smoother than ever and the way you use online multimedia applications and services will be transformed overnight.
In the case of Virgin Media’s super-fast broadband products, quicker connections of up to 152Mbps are made possible due to the next-generation fibre-optic network it operates. This is much more efficient at relaying data than standard ADSL copper wires which slow down connection speeds.
BT's Infinity service, meanwhile, uses a slightly different fibre to the cabinet technology to deliver speeds of up to 76Mb. And because other carriers have used BT's infrastructure to launch super fast broadband services of their own, you can now get impressively quick connections from the likes of TalkTalk, Sky and Plusnet too.
In areas where BT's pure fibre Infinity product has launched, guaranteed speeds of 330Mbps are up for grabs. But the downside is that right now this service has very restricted availabilty.
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Fibre-optic broadband is available to millions of UK households. If you’re in an urban area, you’ve got a very good chance of being able to get it. Rural areas are less well-served.
If you reside out of town and out of range of fibre broadband providers, don't despair. You may still be able to get a fast connection over standard ADSL broadband networks. Headline speeds on some of the UK's quickest ADSL home broadband products are very impressive 16Mbps.
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The company with the quickest super-fast broadband product is Virgin Media, whose XXL customers can expect speeds of up to 152Mbps in areas where it has upgraded its network. 50Mbps and 100Mbps options are also available for a reduced price.
BT's Infinity 76Mbps service is also highly rated, as are the carriers that use BT's network to deliver the same kind of speeds, such as TalkTalk, Plusnet and Eclipse.
This largely depends on how you use the Internet. But if you’re a heavy downloader, play games online or watch a lot of on-demand television, then a super-broadband connection is essential for your needs.
Conversely, if you’re the kind of person who only uses the Internet for e-mail or perhaps a bit of shopping and light web browsing, then you're possibly better off sticking with your existing connection.
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