What Broadband Options (xDSL) are available on my Postcode?
Central and Surburban Doncaster, Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham have a wide range of Broadband Options.
aDSL & aDSL2+.
aDSL refers to services which can provide typical data speeds of up to 8Mbps on downstream bandwidth and up to 2Mbps for upstream bandwidth.
FTTC – Fibre to the cabinet (vDSL).
This is where the segment from the main Openreach exchange to the localised green street cabinet has been upgraded from Copper to Fibre, allowing far more data to be transmitted along the same geography to the commercial of residential property. The only segment not on Fibre from the Openreach exchange is the last mile where it is still copper until FTTP can be delivered, at reasonable costs.
FTTP – Fibre to the Premises.
Lightning fast Internet is excellent for all sorts of reasons. Today (as at 18/08/2019) there are a host of different options to choose from including 330Mbps Openreach broadband, delivered via Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology which does not involve copper tails but the fibre is delivered right up to the doorstep. If you are streaming games and videos from your home area network, then FTTP is a great option, albeit slightly more expensive. Another option may be Fibre on Demand (FoD).
Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) on Demand.
Fibre to the Premises (on Demand) entitles you to order Generic Ethernet Access (GEA) on a Fibre to the Premises (GEA-FTTP). It allows speeds of up to 1Gbps for those who are within proximity of a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) area, but who are also in a Fibre to the Cabinet Area.
G.Fast (Ultrafast Broadband).
Soon G.fast will also be available meaning that technology is available to boost speeds over copper tail circuits. G.fast delivers ultrafast broadband speeds of more than 100Mbps. This builds upon existing copper infrastructure.
What is the difference between WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) and Internet?
Often people get entirely confused between internet access and wifi. Wifi, is simply a wireless signalling protocol which allows the signal from the box on the wall (NTE) to be transmitted to a computer device or telephone handset without the need for unsightly cables. You are likely to get a large loss of speed if you simply use wifi to access the internet, especially if you building has thick walls and lacks wifi boosters.
What is the best fibre broadband in my area?
This is based entirely on localised geography and where your property happens to sit in relation to the Openreach physical infrastructure.
As most internet service providers utilise the Openreach infrastructure and simply rebrand the service, you will not receive faster speeds by using BT. Approximately 80% of the UK population live within 0.6 kilometres from the local green street-side cabinet, but less than 20% live within 0.2 kilometres.
BT so happens to be just one of the many service providers (ISPs) also using the Openreach infrastructure. Others include brand only Openreach broadband e.g. Tesco, John Lewis, Now, first utility broadband, direct save broadband, Shell Energy Broadband, who are classified as Virtual ISPs (without infrastructure).
Ironically, another vISP, Post Office Broadband are now selling the infrastructure of its earlier iteration of GPO (General Post Office) which became British Telecom (and its sister company, Openreach).
Some ISPs put their own equipment into the Openreach local exchanges to lower their cost of delivery and, in turn, this should provide better pricing but normally that profit gets put back into building more infrastructure. This is otherwise known as local loop unbundling (LLU). Providers include Talk Talk Broadband, Sky Broadband and Vodafone, ZEN Internet, SSE Broadband, EE home broadband, Gigaclear Broadband, 3 Mobile, Hyperoptic Broadband.