Your choice of broadband connection will be partly decided by where you live and what’s available in your area. In addition, you should think about speed and cost, with faster connections likely to be more expensive. The speed you need simply depends on how you use the internet.
ADSL broadband: ADSL works over the same line used to provide standard telephone service, without disrupting regular telephone calls on that line. ADSL broadband is widely available in the UK, with coverage available to more than 99% of the population.
Fibre optic broadband: An increasingly common option, but not yet available everywhere in the country, fibre optic broadband offers speeds many times faster than ADSL or cable. However, this higher speed can often come at a higher price. Fibre optic connections are ideal for heavy users of streaming video, music and online gaming.
Cable broadband: Cable service gives you broadband using the same cables as a cable TV package. They’re around the same speed as DSL connections and can be ideal for those living in areas where the landline phone wiring is poor or particularly old.
Mobile broadband (3G or 4G): We don’t currently offer mobile broadband comparison. However you may find this type of broadband useful, as the name suggests, mobile broadband is a service you can connect to on the go – but it’s increasingly common at home. You’ll typically get a USB dongle to plug into your computer, or a special wireless box which will only need a power supply to work. There are no wires or cables and you can choose between pay as you go, contract or SIM-only short term rolling contracts of one month.