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Download Allowance

April 10, 2007

Broadband packages which do not offer unlimited downloads will have a fixed download allowance. This is the amount of data that can be downloaded in one month. Allowances could be anything from 2 GB to 40GB, or Unlimited (they are usually given in Gigs, GB, or gigabytes).

Remember that a GB download allowance refers to an amount of data, not the download speed transfer rate.

Simple web surfing and email use will use very little of a download allowance. If you have a fixed download allowance with your package you may be able to buy extra allowance as and when you need it. Or you may find that your broadband provider will allow occasional downloading beyond your monthly broadband download limit. However if you or your family regularly download very large attachments, film clips, or lots of music, you may prefer a broadband package with unlimited downloads.

Bear in mind that even unlimited downloads won’t be totally unlimited – many broadband providers say that a few extremely heavy downloaders download so much, so regularly that they disrupt service for other broadband users. because of this, unlimited broadband allowances have a fair use policy which limits extreme downloading.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Broadband Availability Checker

April 6, 2007

A broadband availability checker, sometimes simply known as a broadband checker, is a database of broadband packages available in the UK. By entering your BT phone number or post code you can find out which broadband packages are available to you.

It is always worth searching on your BT number and your postcode to ensure you can receive your preferred broadband package. Searching on your BT phone number will bring up accurate information on which broadband packages can be delivered to you via your BT phone line, as your BT number is linked to your local exchange – and ADSL packages, ADSL Max packages and broadband packages delivered via local loop unbundling companies (where they put their own equipment in a BT exchange) can therefore be “matched” to your BT phone number. However cable broadband (from Virgin Media or Wight Cable) is not based on telephone exchange areas.

Broadband providers and ISPs will have availability checkers on their own websites which will tell you if you can receive internet access from them. Broadband comparison websites, including my own website, UK Broadband Finder (see Blogroll, right) can provide information on a range of broadband packages and broadband providers (though not necessarily all available packages in your area).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder


April 3, 2007

ADSL2+ is next-generation ADSL with increased bandwidth – allowing theoretical download speeds of up to 22 or 24 Mb.

Providers include UK Online and Be – both of these companies have been rolling out their LLU (local loop unbundled) networks across parts of the UK. Coverage is now much improved.

Most domestic users are unlikely to need such fast download speeds at this time, and even those who can sign up for an ADSL2+ broadband package will have to be near to the exchange to get really high speeds.

However for businesses ADSL2+ could make quite a difference to download speeds on their networks. Additionally, ADSL2+ has some dignostic capabilities. ADSL2+ may well come into its own for residential broadband customers as IPTV, or Internet Protocol TV, becomes more widely available. (IPTV allows users to watch films and programmes on demand from thousands available). The extra speed available with ADSL2+ may make it much more attractive, especially as many people will also be using their broadband connection for VoIP, internet gaming, and more.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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April 2, 2007

ADSL Max from BT offers higher download speeds of up to 8Mb. To receive 8Mb you will need to be connected to an ADSL Max-enabled exchange. BT have rolled out ADSL Max across the UK and now nearly all BT exchanges are ADSL Max-enabled.

Note that 8Mb (or Meg) is the fastest theoretical speed available via ADSL Max – it doesn’t mean that you will get broadband at that speed. The BT website lets you search on your phone number to find out the likely maximum speed available to you if you can receive BT broadband (but remember to bear in mind that other factors can affect broadband speed – not simply your distance from the exchange).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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March 29, 2007

ADSL broadband is delivered via a BT phone line. ADSL stands for asymmetric digital subscriber line. It is asymmetric as data is downloaded to your computer at a faster speed than it can be uploaded to the internet. The maximum download speed for ADSL broadband is 8 Meg.

ADSL is now available via nearly all BT exchanges in the UK. However there are still some areas that cannot receive ADSL broadband.

BT is not the only supplier of residential ADSL broadband. Other providers can buy access to the “local loop” from BT Wholesale and re-sell broadband to the consumer.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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