Broadband providers are increasing their promises to customers, domestic and commercial, that they have the fastest broadband and the best service.
Unfortunately, we sign up to these deals only to find that in practice, these promises of superfast broadband may not be at the lighting fast speeds all the time.
Ofcom publish average broadband speeds recorded across the UK, usually twice a year. As of November 2015, for example, Ofcom noted the national average speed of broadband was 28.9 megabits per second. The faster your broadband, the faster documents and data will download, upload and stream.
For a business, fast broadband means less hanging around waiting for the IT system to catch up and an efficient business overall.
Testing your broadband speed is simple. We suggest using one of the many online measuring tools. Simply type it in to a search engine and many options will be presented. We suggest running the diagnostic test a couple of times.
Computers connected to the internet via cable are also more likely to display faster speeds than those PCs using a wireless connection to routers and repeaters.
To get an accurate reading, you will also need to ensure;
It may be that your broadband provider promises or guarantees a certain broadband speed and if you are not receiving that service, you could potentially ask for a refund.
If you notice that your internet connection is sluggish, this test can reveal if the connection or the speed is the problem, or whether your network needs help in processing the increasing amounts of data and information.
You could also find out if there are other providers of faster broadband in your area – at a better price!
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