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Broadband Connections 101: Different types of connections 

The internet is always in the news, and at the moment there are terms like “fiber cables” and “fixed broadband” being thrown around, often without any definition. Sure, it’s easy to go to your ISP and sign up for the fastest connection they’ve got, but it always helps to know more. We’ve taken the liberty to define the three latest broadband services for you.

DSL: At the moment, DSL is the most common kind of broadband connection worldwide. DSL operates over a normal telephone landline. Speeds often vary (usually going up to an average of 3Mbps at the most), but it’s often more than enough to enjoy standard internet activity, like emailing, social media or shopping.

Fixed: Fixed wireless broadband is generated when you install an antenna on your roof. This antenna works by communicating with a large transmitter some distance away. Wireless broadband can usually be found in areas where landline service is poor and there is no alternative. Speeds are usually somewhere along the lines of 3Mbps.

Fiber: The news has been taken over by fiber-based connectivity, with huge companies like Google establishing themselves in the field. Fiber connections come from thicker cables under the ground. These cables generally offer speeds of around 10 times more than what normal DSL connections are capable of, with speeds often going up to 100Mbps.