Internet connections can come in many forms; from your 4G on your mobile phone to your Wi-Fi at home. All of these connections have different strengths, some are even improving and new ones are being introduced.
As most of you are aware, 4G is available on your mobile.
But did you know that 5G will soon be coming to a mobile network near you? 5G
will include all the benefits you can imagine from faster upload and download
speeds to a massively improved quality of signal. 5G is meant to be rolling out
in late 2019, with EE & Vodafone rumouring to be the first mobile networks
to test run it.
Have a look at the comparison of the different network types from 3G to 5G:
|Network type||Max. download speeds||Time it takes to download a full HD film|
|3G||384Kbps (kilobits per second)||Over a day|
|4G||100Mbps (megabits per second)||Over 7 minutes|
|5G||1-10Gbps (billions of bits per second)||4-40 seconds|
Let’s talk broadband
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) – This connection is provided over an analogue telephone line. ADSL is ideal for people who don’t send a lot of data over their internet connection, or for those in areas where FTTC or other types of connections are not yet available. The speed of your ADSL depends on how far you are from your local exchange.
Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) – This broadband connection offers faster download broadband speeds. The speed of your fibre will depend on the area you live in, and how far you live away from a street cabinet. This involves a Fibre optic cable from the local exchange to the nearest street cabinet, from there it is still using the old-fashioned copper cabling via your analogue phone line
G-Fast is an ultrafast broadband that is available in some areas to people who are unable to get fibre to the premises. G-Fast works in a similar way to fibre to the cabinet: it uses the same cables as FTTC, but a pod is fitted inside the cabinet. This pod increases the signal strength through the copper cables to the property. Therefore, resulting in a faster and more reliable connection, and a faster broadband speed. While the speeds are similar to FTTP, the main difference is that you still need an analogue phone line to receive this internet connection.
Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) – This connection comes from the local exchange (via your broadband provider) to your home or business. FTTP uses a fibre optic cable from the local exchange directly to your house or business, not unlike Virgin’s fibre internet connection. Openreach, (the company responsible for the internet and phone line infrastructure in the UK), aim to have fibre to the premises in every home by 2025, because that is the date that all analogue phone lines will be switched off. You do not need a phone line to be able to receive FTTP, however it is not yet available in many places.
Satellite broadband requires you to have a satellite dish and receiver (not unlike Sky TV) So as with FTTP no phone line is needed. Satellite broadband would usually be recommended to those who are unable to get a good fibre optic connection and need higher speeds than ADSL can provide. However, this type of connection is more costly than the fibre options.
Ethernet Leased Line – There are a couple of different types of leased lines, but they all offer guaranteed upload and download speeds, with no contention ratio, so you aren’t sharing the “pipe” with anyone else. These tend to be sued for much heavier users where there are no other options, as they can be costly not just to install, but also on-going costs.
|Broadband type||Phone line needed||Max. download speed||Max Upload Speed|
|ADSL||ü||14 – 17 Mbps||1 Mbps|
|FTTC||ü||76 – 80 Mbps||20 Mbps|
|G-Fast||ü||330 Mbps||50 Mbps|
|FTTP||X||330 Mbps||50 Mbps|
|Satellite broadband||X||500 Mbps||500 Mbps|
|Ethernet Leased Line||X||1Gbps||1 Gbps|
You can test your broadband connection speeds here: https://www.speedtest.net/
If you think you should be getting better speeds or a better connection why not get in touch and ask our advice.