A General Introduction to the Types of Broadband Service Plans on the Market in the United Kingdom

A General Introduction to the Types of Broadband Service Plans on the Market in the United Kingdom - image

Some of us might still recall the halcyon days associated with dial-up modems and slow Internet connectivity. Thankfully, we have come a long way since the latter half of the 1990's and the early 2000's. This is due in large part to the ubiquitous presence of broadband within the modern era. While cable modems were considered to be cutting-edge options a handful of years ago, you now have many other options at your disposal. Let's take a look at the five most common broadband plans as well as what each entails.


Fibre Optic

Fibre optic is the newest type of broadband service and it is primarily known for its lightning-fast speeds (some as high as 350 megabytes per second or more). Fibre optic connections are great if you download massive amounts of data or if you happen to enjoy streaming HD and 4K films. However, it is not yet available in all areas and some plans can be slightly pricey. Check with your provider in order to learn whether or not this is an option.



ADSL(Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) has been around for nearly as long as cable modems and it shares many of the same traits in common. However, ADSL is known for faster transfer rates and fewer interruptions. ADSL broadband Internet is also a good idea if you happen to be working within a limited budget. The only possible drawback is that some providers are moving away from this service package.


Cable Modem

Cable modems have existed for the same amount of time as broadband Internet and as you might have guessed, they make use of a coaxial cable to send and receive data. The limitation with this method is that only so many megabytes can be transmitted each second (due to the physical size of the wire). Cable connectivity might not be the best option if you stream large amounts of data and yet, it is an economical choice.



Satellite broadband is another alternative to consider. One benefit of this option is that data speeds can be quite impressive. Satellite broadband is often used by those who reside in remote areas where physical connectivity could present an issue (or simply be too costly). Most providers currently offer satellite. The one downside is that adverse weather conditions or solar activity might interrupt your Internet access.


Bundled Options

It should also be mentioned that any one of these plans can be used as a bundle with other services such as landline telephones, television and in some cases, mobile phones. This is a great way to save money as well as to reduce confusion, as you will only be paying a single monthly bill.


As we can see, each of these plans boasts its own unique qualities as well as potential drawbacks. Please do not hesitate to refer back to this article in the future when you are deciding which one is the most appropriate.