What is broadband?

Broadband is a connection to the internet that is always on, allowing for constant access without the need to dial up. It is normally provided at a fixed cost per month, and has a much larger capacity to send and receive data to and from the internet than the old dial-up internet connection. This makes web browsing, emailing, downloading and sending files much faster.

There are a great many different types of broadband, based on how the service is delivered. Here are some of the ways broadband is delivered in our wider local area:

  • ADSL available in most areas via telephone line
  • SDSL in some limited areas
  • Cable modem in some urban areas
  • Publicly accessible Wi-Fi wireless connections in town and city centres
  • High-speed fibre optic cable in a very limited area
  • Special leased lines, run by some firms
  • 3G and other mobile connectivity
  • Satellite
  • Wireless solutions in some locations

For a description of each of these technologies please see our Jargon Buster.

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