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ADSL vs Fibre Broadband

Fibre broadband and ADSL broadband are the two types of fixed-line broadband most common in the UK, but what does that mean?

ADSL

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is carried through the copper wires of your phone line and is the most generally available category of broadband, of which there are two types:

ADSL1, which is capable of a maximum speed of about 8Mbit/s, and ADSL2+ a maximum speed of about 24Mbit/s.

These speeds, however, depending on how far you live from the telephone exchange (the further away, the lower the speeds) and the real speeds you obtain will normally be much lower as ‘distance’ isn’t always the best guide, as it is measured by how far the phone cables run and not straight line distance.

The advantage of this form of broadband is the price. Standard ADSL can be provided from Linix for only £15.99 per month

Fibre

This type of broadband delivers speeds faster than ADSL through fibre optic cables. As with ADSL, there are two types of fibre broadband: fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) where fibre optic cables run from the exchange to cabinets in the road then switch to standard copper telephone wires to connect to houses or businesses (typically offering speeds of ‘up to’ 38Mbit/s or 76Mbit/s) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) i.e. fibre optic cables directly to your home or business and as such, faster than fibre-to-the-cabinet. FTTP however, only connects a minority of homes or businesses.

Fibre has become the primary option for new broadband connections due to its faster offering and ever-increasing availability, although ADSL remains the only option for many living in more rural areas.

This is why Linix offers a range of packages to suit all of its customer’s needs, including:

BASICS

  • £15.99/month
  • 18 Month Contract
  • Dynamic IP
  • 20Mbit* Download
  • 1Mbit* Upload
  • UNLIMITED Usage

PROFESSIONAL ADSL Broadband

  • £15.99/month
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Static IP
  • 20Mbit* Download
  • 1Mbit* Upload
  • UNLIMITED Usage

HIGH-SPEED Fibre Broadband

  • £21.99/month
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Static IP
  • 40Mbit* Download
  • 10Mbit* Upload
  • UNLIMITED Download

HEAVY USER Fibre Unlimited

  • £29.99/month
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Static IP
  • 80Mbit* Download
  • 20Mbit* Upload
  • UNLIMITED Download

Because, when you buy a business package it’s not good enough to be told the speed of the line alone: you need to know how many other users are you sharing your broadband connection with, it’s no good having a 20Mbit line if you are having to share it with 50 other users.

The right plan will prioritise your internet traffic, give you a static IP address so that you can log on from home and offer dedicated customer service and technical support.

The Internet is your critical avenue for conducting business, connecting with customers and suppliers, and accessing real-time applications. Businesses are looking constantly for ways to improve productivity and manage internet access which can be time-consuming and costly, and for many, a leased line can be the answer.

Linix has Ethernet First Mile or Fibre Lines available, both of which are designed to deliver a high speed, reliable internet connection to your business at a fraction of the cost of traditional business leased lines. To find out more, contact a member of our team today.

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