Technology is a funny old thing. For example, the latest gadget that everyone raves about one year could well be obsolete the next year or even within a matter of months! This is certainly true for smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. The desire to always have the latest technology can drive some people to spending silly amounts of money each year on technology.

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For me personally, I tend to use technology until it gets to the point where things start slowing down, or my gadgets don’t work properly anymore; this is why it took me nearly 3 years to upgrade from a very obsolete Apple iPhone 4 to the latest Apple iPhone 5S!

One of the things that often changes with technology is how fast we can connect to the Internet, and how we do so. With faster fibre broadband (as well as the ability to receive it through our copper phone lines) and the recent introduction of 4G mobile broadband in the United Kingdom, we can now get online and surf the World Wide Web faster than ever before!

I was thinking to myself the other day, with so much technology and faster Internet connections becoming the norm in the United Kingdom these days, that there are now so many different ways for folks like you and I to get online as quickly and easily as possible.

So with that in mind, I thought I’d do a little blog post to discuss some of the different ways that we can all get online and enjoy the latest and greatest Internet connection services available to us.

ADSL

When we think of broadband, we typically refer to ADSL connections which work through our copper phone lines. ADSL2+ (or “G.992.5” for the nerds among us) allows us to achieve theoretical speeds of up to 24Mbps.

I say theoretical, because the further you are from your local telephone exchange, the slower your speeds are going to be due to signal degradation and line quality.

Fibre

Once the sole domain of cable operators like Virgin Media, fibre broadband is now available to many homes and businesses throughout Britain in much the same way as ADSL; that is, down the phone line!

BT have been upgrading telecoms cabling to telephone exchanges throughout the UK, replacing copper with fibre-optic cabling, and it probably won’t be too long before we have fibre right to our homes and businesses!

Fibre offers broadband speeds from 39Mb right up to 100Mb and beyond, depending on whether you use fibre down your phone line or Virgin Media’s offering.

Over the air

Mobile phones have been able to go online for years using 3G and slower EDGE and GPRS services, and with the introduction of 4G mobile broadband last year, it is now possible for many people to get mobile broadband download and upload speeds of up to 21Mb!

The only downside to mobile broadband is that network operators use policy manager software to limit our bandwidth, but perhaps one day we could all benefit from truly unlimited mobile broadband access with no usage caps in place.