ADSL / Broadband is a service delivered over copper telephone lines and is currently available to pretty much everyone. A lot of you looking for an alternate solution will most likely have this product.
Why is my broadband so slow all of a sudden?
A few years ago ADSL Broadband might have been enough, but now maybe your usage requirements have changed and you feel that the service has just gotten slower and slower.
This has occurred because of Contention (more users and households joining and sharing the same bandwidth from the same exchange) and increased bandwidth usage per user (the average individual uses >100 times more bandwidth than they did 10 to 15 years ago and this trend will continue).
BT’s improvements to your current broadband solution
BT is continuing a decade-long program of upgrading its exchanges and street cabinets to FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) which, unless you are very far from the exchange (see below), will mean that you can replace your ADSL with FTTC. It is worth regularly asking your ISP and/or BT about their plans so that you can get an idea about how long you need to wait.
There are also other firms like Gigaclear and Wildanet (in Cornwall) that are rolling out fibre to rural areas – they may also be an option.
Factors that affect the performance of your broadband
With ADSL and other copper based services (even FTTC) the speed you receive can be influenced by many factors.
Rural Broadband Factors:
For rural users the biggest factor is the distance you are away from the cabinet (the green BT box you see on the side of the road,) or the exchange. The further you are away, the slower your service will be. To further clarify, “distance” here is not just physical distance, but rather the actual length of the copper wire connecting your premises or property to the cabinet or exchange.
If your connection’s performance issues are distance related, even if your exchange and local cabinet is upgraded to fibre, the length of the copper will mean you will continue to get a slow speed.
Factors affecting City and Suburban Areas:
For users in more built up areas, your service may have gotten slower and slower simply because more people are now connecting to the internet in the area. It’s not uncommon for businesses that suffer from slow internet in built up areas to experience the slowest service when you most need it, as everyone is on the internet at the same time.
Multiple Broadband lines: The incorrect approach businesses make and how to fix it
It’s quite common for businesses to try and buy multiple lines of the same service – we have seen this happen with retail businesses like farm shops, for example.
If you are running a business and have multiple ADSL lines, there are now solutions available to aggregate these lines into a single service. It is also possible to combine with services delivered over other mediums such as 4G/5G or fixed wireless.
Such combinations can effectively offer a higher single bandwidth service with reasonable latency and also, if combining other mediums, additional resiliency.
We at Integra can discuss this with you and likely provide a quick and easy solution.