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Frequently asked questions

  • Which is the right type of broadband for me?
  • What are the speeds of ADSL, fibre and cable?
  • How do I check broadband speeds?
  • What else should I consider when getting ADSL broadband?
  • How do I compare broadband deals?

Which is the right type of broadband for me?

If you just want to browse the web on your computer, then a slower ADSL connection might do. But, if you have lots of devices, streaming media or are into online gaming, then you’ll probably want to explore fibre or cable to find the fastest internet connection available in your area. Remember to check for data limits on these packages to find one that suits your usage needs. 

What are the speeds of ADSL, fibre and cable?

According to Ofcom, the average broadband speed across the UK is now 46.2Mbps, (up from 36.2Mbps).

Here’s how the three main broadband types compare: 

Broadband Broadband speeds (max speed)
ADSL 10.1Mbit/s
Cable 212.7Mbit/s
Fibre (FTTC) 60.5Mbit/s

How do I check broadband speeds?

To find out what you can get, use an online broadband speed checker. Use this to compare speeds from people in your area and which providers they’re using to get those speeds. 

ADSL broadband is available to 99% of UK homes and businesses, but cable and fibre are still being introduced in some areas – so even if you want a faster connection, you may not be able to get one. 

See our guide to broadband in rural areas.

What else should I consider when getting ADSL broadband?

Broadband speed is an important consideration. But, there are a few more things to check when you compare broadband deals: 

  • Price: you should look carefully at what you actually get for your money. Some packages have data limits, which means you’ll pay more on top of your monthly subscription if you download too much. Others have traffic management, which means you’ll get slower speeds at peak times. And what about freebies? Some providers throw in offers, like free security software, shopping vouchers or streaming dongle.
  • Length of contract: check how long you’ll be committed to the package. Broadband providers continually bring out new deals to attract new customers, so a long-term contract could prevent you from switching and saving money

How do I compare broadband deals?

To find the right broadband deal for you, simply use our comparison service to help you compare broadband offers based on your postcode

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