Want to walk away from your slow broadband?   Now you can

In early 2019, Ofcom amended its Voluntary Code of Practice (CoP) to ensure that customers can quit within 30 days if they are dissatisfied with their broadband speeds and the issue isn’t resolved. Lindsey Fussel, Ofcom’s consumer group director, said:

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Is ADSL doomed?

ADSL is still used by many businesses across the UK, but are the days numbered for this style of connectivity? With newer, faster, more reliable services being rolled out throughout the country, what does the future hold for ADSL?

 

What is ADSL?

ADSL is an asymmetric digital subscriber line. Basically, it transfers data through the use of copper cables and delivers an asymmetric service; upload speeds that are typically not quite as fast as the download speeds received.

ADSL has been used consistently in the UK since the introduction of the technology in 1998 and is currently widely considered to be the standard ‘go to’ connection for UK businesses. So why are some experts beginning to claim that ADSL is doomed?

 

What’s Wrong with ADSL?


Nothing is wrong with ADSL, per se. Overall, this traditional connection delivers a (usually) reliable, cost-effective service that gets the job done. However, the main reason why the idea of ADSL being doomed is floating around is because this service doesn’t always match the way we work today.
“ADSL’s qualities don’t always meet the needs of modern web users.”

Once upon a time, asymmetric lines were the ideal; when the internet was primarily used to discover new information. It made perfect sense to prioritise download speeds as the average user would have little need — if any — to upload data.

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