Quick Guide: Broadband
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What is it?

How does it work?

Broadband and dial-up compared


Wider competition

The future

What is it?
Most broadband subscribers in the UK are connected via phone lines

Broadband is a high-speed way of connecting to the internet.

It is typically 10 times faster than so-called dial-up net services that use a modem and standard telephone line.

Broadband can be accessed via the phone line (known as Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) or by cable, wireless or satellite.

In the UK cable can be accessed only in areas where either Telewest or NTL supplies it. Wireless or satellite tend to be available in more remote spots.