The introduction of fibre optic technology has allowed for better broadband throughout the UK. Broadband is a term used to describe a signal which can be transmitted over multiple channels and fibre optic cables allow for those signals to be carried with higher quality than the copper cables previously used could. Today if I want to check if there is fibre in my areaall I have to do is go to certain websites online where they display all the different internet providers in my area, with information as to whether that provider uses fibre or copper cables to provide that internet. The same website should also display the different internet packages which each of the provider’s offers in my area and provide quotes for the price of each package. Knowing what packages are available in your area will make it easier for you to decide which package would be right for you, providing you internet at a speed which you need and at a price you can afford.
It is usual that the faster the speed delivered, the higher the price but, in the UK, compared to the prices of internet services elsewhere across the world, those prices are very reasonable. They are however not the cheapest in the world as that honour probably goes to South Korea where speeds as fast as 1GBPS only cost US$20 per month. South Korea along with Hong Kong are also known to have the fastest average internet speeds in the world, which is a speed of 1GBPS, in Hong Kong though the price for that is a little higher at US$26 per month. Other countries which are known for their fast average internet speeds, although they may not be as cheap as they are in South Korea and Hong Kong are, Switzerland, Sweden and perhaps a little surprisingly, the Falkland Islands. Although we in the UK may not have the fastest speeds or the cheapest internet, we do at least have a choice of who we want our internet provider to be, a choice which is not available in many countries around the world.
With different providers available to choose from, we can look at the packages each has to offer and then carefully choose the one which best suits our needs. One point we should remember when considering what speed we will want is the fact that the more devices we add to that connection, the slower the speed will get. That means that if in your home you expect 3 or 4 devices to be using the internet connection, you should choose to have delivered to your home, a faster speed than you are hoping to receive on your particular device. As businesses add multiple devices to their connections, they often opt for the very high speeds which of course cost extra money but those speeds with their higher prices are very rarely needed in a home so we can pay less yet still receive an adequate speed.
If you were to compare the average speeds of the internet in different countries you would find that they vary greatly, as do the prices. You would also find that whilst the speeds in the UK are not the fastest, neither are they the slowest either and the prices are neither the highest or lowest either. The two countries with the fastest average internet speeds are also two with the cheapest prices. South Korea offers an average speed of 1 GBPS at a price of just US$20 per month whilst Hong Kong offers a similar average speed for US$26 per month. The three countries with the next fastest average internet speeds are Switzerland, The Falkland Islands and Sweden. This means that in the UK we get reasonable speeds at reasonable prices but that does not mean that we want to pay more than we have to and so we should choose our speed carefully to ensure that we do not pay more than is absolutely necessary.
The speeds that we can be offered by a varying number of internet providers will depend on where we live in the country. Usually those people that live in or near a large city, will be offered faster speeds than those that live in the countryside, far from a major town or city. The speed we opt for should take into consideration the number of devices we intend to use the same connection as each device takes away some of the speed. This means that if you have just one device, it should operate at the same speed as that delivered to your home however, if you have 3 or 4 devices connected to the same connection, none of them will work as fast as the delivery speed to the house. It is therefore important that you compare deals carefully, choosing the one that best suits your needs, the number of devices you intend to connect and your budget.
The faster speeds are mainly intended for use by businesses as they will usually connect many different devices to the same connection whilst some of the much slower speeds are still ample for general home use. The introduction of fibre optic technology has allowed the faster broadband internet speeds to become available to a far larger number of people which in turn has helped to make the internet even more popular than it already was. Today an internet connection is thought of as almost a necessity as even schools may expect students to have access to the internet to complete some of their homework. It is now thought that as much as 60% of all business is now carried out via the internet and so the internet is appearing in more aspects of our lives all the time and a good, speedy connection is therefore becoming even more important as well. If you do not alr3eady have a connection, there are websites where you can go to in order to find out what internet providers operate a service in your area and the same sites also show the different packages available along with the price of each.