Apr 30 2012 Advertising Feature
Imagine downloading an album from iTunes in a matter of seconds, or watching your favourite TV show without the buffering. Own a business? Just picture having high-definition video conference calls with clients, enabling you to cut your travel costs, save you time and help the environment at the same time!
Fibre optic broadband does all of the above, and much more. It looks set to be the next revolution in web technology since the step-up from dial-up to ADSL. It will vastly improve our online lives, and ultimately make surfing the web a much smoother ride.
By 2015, the government wants to see the country's households and offices fully connected to fibre optic broadband. Millions of pounds have been put aside for this exciting plan, which will see isolated and rural areas benefiting from ultra-fast connection speeds. With this plan the government is hoping to provide access to a 2mb connection to every house in the country.
When was the last time you checked your internet speed against the national average? Visiting a site such as uSwitch is the perfect way to compare prices and speeds of providers in your area. Using the website's free broadband speed test will provide instant feedback on the quality of your connection. To obtain an accurate result it's important to follow a number of steps. First of all connect your computer directly to the Internet router. All buildings act as barriers to Wi-Fi signals so by not connecting directly to the router you will get a false measurement. Ensure as well that you are the only person using the Internet as other users will slow down your connection. By trying out the broadband speed test, you can make the switch to faster internet speeds and improve your digital world today.
Currently, Virgin Media and BT are the main providers of fibre optic broadband, with Virgin Media providing the fastest at 50MB. However, it won't be long until all internet service providers are offering fibre optics, so keep up to date by checking the uSwitch website for the fastest broadband available in your area.
Speeds of up to 100 MB are a possibility and the Internet is set to become before more user-friendly and exciting experience. As households invest in more equipment with built-in Internet access your connection a fibre optic connection may well be an essential household requirement allowing bust families to stay connected. With today's SMART televisions arriving pre-equipped to surf the Internet, and the rise of tablet computing your digital life is going to become more and more important. In the future a great deal of the excellent entertainment that we take for granted will be delivered via your Internet connection. It is already possible to buy movies via services like Netflix, and this trend is set to expand towards a future where sports and other entertainment will be broadcast in real-time with multiple camera angles and user interaction.