Broadband Speed in Belfast
Broadband Speed in Belfast
Fastest broadband in Belfast
We've compiled all the information you could ever need to know about broadband in Belfast using the postcode BT9 6FY. This postcode is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Belfast.
Check my broadband speed in Belfast
Now you know more about broadband in Belfast you can check if your connection is up to scratch by running a speed test.
Use our fast and accurate speed test to check what speeds you're getting in Belfast.
It's possible the speed test will display results which differ from the advertised speed of your broadband package.
Many factors come into play when looking at speed test readings including: peak time usage, provider issues, router issues, computer viruses and property location.
Broadband providers are obliged to advertise their average speeds which at least 50% of their customers receive. Unfortunately, if you're receiving speeds below the advertised, it's likely that your property is only capable of receiving below average speeds.
What is a good speed for broadband?
Faster broadband speed can play a huge role in our day to day life. It's important to have an understanding of what the speeds you see advertised by broadband providers for Belfast convert to in the real world.
Generally, the more people using the internet, the slower your connection will become. However, this isn't a hard and fast rule and does depend on how many devices are connected to the internet at any one time. Let's compare broadband speeds:
This speed will suffice for smaller households with few devices simultaneously connected. Occasional buffering may occur during streaming.
This is the ideal speed for a standard household. It can cope with multiple people streaming or downloading at any given time. This bracket is likely to offer affordable prices and a suitably fast connection.
This final speed bracket is worth considering for households looking for lag-free connections for several devices. 50-100Mbps is a brilliant broadband option for streaming 4K and shouldn't encounter any connection issues when gaming online.
Broadband above 100Mbps will provide fast speeds for any household and cope easily with streaming and gaming. Speeds above 300Mbps are classified as Ultrafast connections. Ultrafast broadband is not necessary for the majority of UK households however, the incredibly fast speeds can prove tempting for those who rely heavily on their broadband speeds. Gigabit (1000Mbps) connections are also now becoming increasingly common across the UK with speeds above 1Gbps. These types of speeds eclipse older broadband technology.
But how fast is 100Mbps broadband?
Here's what these speeds would look like to download a two-hour movie in HD.
Best broadband deals in Belfast
Now you know the speeds you're getting and the speeds you need, you can check out our best broadband deals in Belfast.
Broadband deals are location-dependent and not every fast deal you find online will be available where you live. Broadband in Belfast is no exception so it's key to use a broadband search tool that is able to find broadband providers and deals at an address-level accuracy.
Our comparison tool has found the best deals for broadband in Belfast.
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Everything else you might need to know
Now you've got all the information you could ever need to know about broadband in Belfast, we've compiled some helpful information to help you understand your Belfast based broadband better.
A popular form of broadband that uses your pre-existing phone line. No more than a phone line is required to set up an ADSL connection. This type of connection is practical and common throughout the UK however rural houses may run into limitations. ADSL broadband is the least expensive option and that will likely be reflected in connection speed.
Fibre (FTTC or FTTP)
Fibre optic connections are designed to be exceptionally fast and stable. This is typically the preferred choice for busy households with lots of connected devices that require fibre speeds. Like ADSL, fibre optic connections are available throughout the UK however rural properties might experience issues. The two kinds of fibre broadband packages are referred to as fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP).
Just as it sounds - unlimited broadband connections have no cap on how much data you can use.
An unlimited broadband package ensures that you can never use too much data however will cost more as a consequence.
While fibre broadband is offered by many ISPs to supply superfast and ultrafast broadband speeds, cable broadband is something specific to key providers such as Virgin Media broadband who operate on their own network.
Frequently selected as an alternative to ADSL or cable for rural homes. Unsurprisingly, you'll need to have a physical satellite dish installed in order to have a satellite broadband connection. The expense of satellite internet tends to be greater than fixed line broadband.
Advertised vs Real World Speeds
The way in which broadband speeds are advertised changed drastically in May 2018. Thanks to the Advertising Standards Authority, broadband providers must now promote their 'average' speed rather than their 'up to' speed.
In simpler terms, your speed is now more likely to match or maybe exceed the marketed broadband speed than it was a couple of years ago. In order to be described as 'average', more than 50% of users should receive these speeds in between peak usage hours (8 pm to 10 pm).
Broadband providers can also still market their top speeds alongside their average speeds. However, keep in mind that these speeds are unlikely to match the speed you would receive if you sign up for that specific package or provider. Top speeds are just available to a select few.
There is no guarantee that you will get the marketed average speed so it is well worth checking what the minimum speed provisions are.
If, for whatever reason, your speeds do not stack up to this minimum speed, you might be eligible for money back or a cost-free cancellation. Make certain to go through contracts with care. This will give you the best indication of what your broadband speed is likely to be and will provide details on your minimum expectations.
The world of broadband can be overwhelming sometimes so we've put together a helpful glossary of regularly used terms that you might come across when browsing for a broadband package.
The 4th generation of mobile tech offering improved mobile connections speeds on its predecessor 3G. 4G mobile broadband deals are available in the majority of major towns and cities with pay month-to-month or pay as you go options.
The most advanced version of mobile tech currently available. Again, faster than its previous version (4G) and with pay monthly or pay as you go options. 5G mobile broadband deals were first introduced in the UK in 2019.
The capacity of a broadband connection. Things that utilise a great deal of bandwidth are using a lot of your broadband data transfer capacity. This, in turn, can slow down other activities that require the use of your broadband connection.
Byte, KB, MB, GB
A byte is a unit of data. KB means 'kilobyte' which is equivalent to 1000 bytes. MB stands for 'megabyte' which is equivalent to 1000 KB. GB stands for 'gigabyte' which is equivalent to 1000 MB.
A high-speed internet connection. What constitutes 'high-speed' varies from country to country.
A cap enforced by a broadband provider. Used to either describe a data limit or when discussing throttling. Exceeding your cap can lead to added fees.
An internet connection that utilises a modem. Mainly only used outside the UK as broadband has made this technology dated. Connection speeds are significantly slower with dial-up internet.
The speed at which your internet connection is able to receive data. This figure is heavily advertised by internet service providers on their broadband deals. This speed will be displayed in one of three ways - kilobits per second (Kbps), megabits per second (Mbps), or gigabits per second (Gbps).
A wired connection supported by home broadband routers. Ethernet cables are usually yellow and are believed to be more reliable than a Wi-Fi connection. They have fast connection speeds and are typically the connection of choice for online gamers.
Fair use policy. A data cap put in place by the broadband provider. Not all packages will have one and those that do need to make their limits clear thanks to Advertising Standards Authority regulations.
Fibre Optic Broadband
A data transferal approach using pulses of light transmitted across plastic/glass cables. Ultrafast fibre broadband is gradually becoming the dominant kind of connection in the UK as outdated copper wiring is changed out. Fibre optic broadband speeds vary depending on kind of connection with fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) being slower than fibre to the premises (FTTP).
A way of distributing files such as images, music, videos, and software. Can be conducted peer-to-peer (P2P) or via a network. Sometimes associated with piracy but not fundamentally illegitimate.
Fixed Line Broadband
Internet delivered by means of a physical link like fibre optic cables or ADSL. Often used to distinguish between fixed line broadband and wireless mobile broadband or satellite internet.
Internet protocol address. A sequence of digits that helps identify the location of a connected internet device. Home broadband connections normally have a dynamic IP address that can change, whereas companies frequently use static IP addresses designated to them.
Your internet service provider (ISP) is the organisation that provides you with your internet connection. This is not necessarily the same company that operates existing infrastructure. Here are eight of the biggest ISPs in the UK: BT, Sky, Virgin Media, Now, Plusnet, Vodafone, John Lewis Broadband and TalkTalk.
Local area network. A network that covers a small area like a house or building. LANs tend to utilise network cables or Wi-Fi.
A telephone line that comes into your property. Typically required to get broadband but alternatives such as mobile broadband and satellite internet are occasionally available.
The reaction speed of a network connection. In other words, the time required to send out data and get a reply. Slow latency results in 'lag' which is an issue in online gaming. This problem most often happens when using a satellite connection.
Amalgamation of the words 'malicious software'. A term for applications which cause harm to a device consisted of viruses, adware, trojans, and spyware.
Internet access achieved through mobile network signals instead of fixed lines.
Modulator-demodulator. A device that assists communication from computer to computer. Data is converted into transmissible forms and converted back at the receiving end.
Multiple computers linked to one another in order to facilitate data sharing.
In regards to broadband, peak time describes the busiest time of internet usage. This normally falls in between the hours of 5 pm and 11 pm, specifically 8 pm to 10 pm. Definitions of peak time can vary slightly.
Also commonly referred to as a 'hub'. A device often responsible for enabling successful internet connections within a property. Routers direct the traffic on a given network.
Accessing and viewing visual or audio media without saving any files on your device. Streaming provides fast and responsive accessibility without the need to download. However, this requires a minimum connection speed to access the media.
A 'superfast' broadband connection must be over 24Mb+ according to EU standard. As a result, this does not consist of ADSL connections or any mobile tech prior to 4G. Fibre optic, cable broadband, satellite internet, and mobile tech after 4G is likely to be regarded as superfast.
The term used when broadband providers deliberately slow down an internet connection. This is likely to happen during peak times for customers who have exceeded their usage cap.
The term used for a busy network where a lot of data is being transferred. When networks are at their busiest (peak time), traffic management might be used to prioritise bandwidth use.
Very fast broadband identified by Ofcom as a connection speed of 300Mb or more.
The speed at which your computer sends data using your broadband connection. Upload speeds are significantly lower than download speeds.
Virtual private network. A service that uses encryption to shield your activity from hackers. VPNs also have the extra advantage of covering your online identity and concealing your IP address. VPNs are recommended when using insecure networks such as public access networks.
The term used for connecting devices using radio waves. Public Wi-Fi hotspots are generally accessible in places like hotels, restaurants, and airports.