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1. What speed would I need?
The speeds you would need depend upon what applications/programs you are about to use online.
- To browse, receive emails, stream music and download small files, you would need 1Mbps – 2Mbps connection. DSL/cable/mobile broadband can be used.
- To view standard video online without buffering, you should have faster download speeds in the range of speeds 2Mbps – 4Mbps. DSL and cable broadband are suitable
- You would need very fast connection with actual speed of 8Mbps+ for large file/movie downloads, streaming high definition videos and real-time online gaming. Fibre optic broadband is ideal for these applications. Faster ADSL 2+ and cable are also fine.
- If you need to upload large data and files, make sure that you get faster upload speeds too, because most connections come with upload speeds much slower than download speeds.
(Note: Advertised broadband speeds come with pre-fix ‘up to’. This means, the actual speed you receive will be much lower than this speed. For instance, ‘up to 14Mbps’ ADSL 2+ connection could offer just 7 – 8Mbps to users who live within 5 km from the exchange.)
2. What you can do with services that come with these advertised download speeds?
|‘up to’ 17Mbps
- Good for basic things – browsing, emailing, social networking & online shopping
- Youtube and standard TV & videos
- Download files of small to medium size
|‘up to’ 38Mbps
‘up to’ 50Mbps
‘up to’ 52Mbps
- Recommended when multiple users and devices need to connect
- Good for watching HD videos online & HD TV channels
- Ideal for playing high speed online games & quick downloads
|‘up to’ 76Mbps
‘up to’ 100Mbps
- Ideal for connecting multiple users and devices
- Best for watching HD videos online & HD TV channels
- Excellent for playing latest online games & quicker downloads
|‘up to’ 200Mbps
- Ideal for using broadband at maximum – multiple users & mulitple devices
- Download of very large files, movies at lightning speeds.
- Ultimate user experience when watching HD & ultra-HD videos online & HD TV channels
3. Download time for applications
||30 minutes standard video
||A DVD movie
||2 hours 40 minutes
How much data would I need a month?
Light users who occasionally download or stream/download videos, would need 10GB or more. 40GB is safe if you use internet daily for browsing, Youtube and occasional film downloads.If you frequently download large files, stream/download movies or share connection with others in your family/office, 100GB + usage or unlimited plan is ideal.
||Emails per day
||Mp3’s per week
||Video clips per week
||Online gaming per week
||Usage needed per month
||30GB – 50GB
||100GB or Unlimited
How much can you download with these usage limits?
|20 GB monthly usage allowance
- You can download more than 5 movies of DVD quality.
- Ideal for one or two users, regular web browsing, occasional movie downloads or online gaming
|50 GB monthly usage allowance
- You can download more than 10 movies of DVD quality.
- Ideal for a small family, regular watching of standard videos & youtube, online gaming etc.
|100 GB monthly usage allowance
- You can download more than 20 movies of DVD quality.
- Best for multiple users, regular watching of HD videos & TV channels, playing latest online games.
- You can download as much as you like, but fair usage policy may apply.
- Ideal for multiple users, regular watching of HD videos & TV channels, playing high bandwidth online games.
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Broadband contract, switching and cancellation terms
- Minimum contract
It is the minimum length of time you agree to use the broadband service and pay bills for it. It could be 12 months or 18 months depending on the provider
- Speed estimate
Your new provider needs to furnish actual speeds you are likely to get at your premises in written document. Speed estimate has been made mandate by telecom watchdog Ofcom. This helps you cancel the service without penalty if the provider fails to deliver the promised speeds.
- 14 days cooling off period
You are allowed to cancel the service within first 14 days of purchase for your own specific reasons without any exit fee.
- Installation & other initial costs
Free installation may not be available with every service. Fibre and TV services may have one-off installation cost.Free wireless routers and free TV boxes, only on minimum contract. However, delivery or posting charge usually applies.
- Traffic management
It is provider’s right to apply its own traffic management rules which usually does not affect your broadband performance unless you use it for P2P file sharing during peak times.There has been a question over unlimited packages whether they offer unlimited usage. ‘Truly’ or ‘totally’ unlimited broadband is answer to this and offers unlimited usage without traffic shaping.
- Cancellation Charges
Early termination fee will usually apply, when you cancel the service before the end of minimum contract. You will be asked to pay for the rest of the months & days left in the contract.If you cancel after the minimum contract, you will need to give 30 days or 14 days notice as required by your provider.
- Migration Authorisation Code (MAC)
Earlier mandatory, MAC is not needed now when switching broadband providers. You need not get MAC from your current service provider. Just sign up with new ISP which will handle the whole process of switching. For more information, read our broadband switching guide