There are numerous reasons why your average person might want to upgrade to superfast broadband, not least because it’s always quite exciting when a new internet technology comes along that can enhance your online life.
However, whether you want to and whether you should are two different things; whilst a household that has one person who uses an ADSL connection just to check email, Facebook and further things that don’t really use a great deal in the way of bandwidth won’t need a fast connection, others will.
A different household may have many users with several connected devices, some of which may use streaming services online such as catch-up TV or YouTube. In this kind of household, superfast broadband will be extremely beneficial.
As an example, take a household which has two parents, who both work online, with two teenagers in the house and a lodger. One of the parents may like to catch up on programmes they have missed and use streaming services such as iPlayer, whilst at the same time, one of the kids is online on the PS3 whilst the other is streaming YouTube and the lodger is downloading a movie via Netflix or similar.
This is a household that needs superfast broadband; so many connected devices will inevitably mean that at least one user’s experience is being affected.
If you work from home then it’s probably a good idea to upgrade to fibre optic broadband (which is another term for superfast broadband), especially if you use any form of cloud computing or VPN. This enables you to send files quickly and securely over the internet and enhances collaboration with your clients.
More and more people are choosing to telecommute as companies realise the benefits of using cloud services such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which enable you to access your company’s data from any computer with an internet connection. Obviously this can be better achieved with a faster, more reliable service as you connect to the company database either housed at work or in a data centre.
Contention ratio is another reason to upgrade; whilst a normal ADSL connection will become shared with others at the busiest times of the day, so your connection slows down when people are arriving home from work and school; this isn’t the case with fibre optic. This means that the nearest exchange where all the internet connections meet will slow down all connections, depending on how many are using it.
With superfast broadband many ISPs are choosing to guarantee a minimum speed even at the busiest times. This means that your line will be substantially faster at the busiest time of day, such as between 4pm and 7pm.
More and more content is becoming available which requires a better connection; the London Olympics are being streamed all over the world, smart TVs mean that a world of movie and TV content can be available at your fingertips, whilst you email and check your Facebook at the same time.
This is only going to improve, especially as the movie industry begins to wake up to the fact that decent online distribution is a better option than chasing piracy around the world courts. The world is now a super-connected place and having superfast broadband can only enhance that.
Author bio: This article is contributed by Kerry Butters on behalf of Broadband Genie, where you can find more information on fibre broadband.