Many Britons switched to faster broadband deals last year.
Switching broadband deals is one way to save money.
Wireless broadband is becoming more popular.
One of the advertised technical elements of any broadband package is download speed. This refers to the throughput speed or the speed at which data is transferred from the internet to your computer. It is quoted as megabytes per second (Mbps) of electronic data that can be downloaded to your computer.
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It does not mean total amount of data that you can download in a month, which comes under the usage limit.
High speed packages will always point out that speed relies on a number of other factors such as where you live, how close you are to the exchange and the quality of your telephone lines.
With a high speed connection via ADSL web pages are presented quickly and so speed is a very important factor for heavy web surfers. The speed will also make a difference to how long it takes for very large files to be downloaded.
Broadband packages for high speed connection are generally more expensive but they provide almost instant access to most areas of the internet and for consumers who download huge amounts of data the higher speed can add up to many saved hours.