Why you should want Gigabit Internet for your home

Not all that long ago, "fast Internet" meant commandeering your telephone line with the use of a rather noisome "dial-up" modem. These days, using that very same term, even a connection that is 100 times faster than the old dial-up service is considered slow. So an ultrafast Internet connection may sound like a bit of a luxury, yet with the explosion of new Internet-based services and Internet-connected devices, it will soon become a necessity.

Hang on, hang on... What exactly what is a gigabit?

"Gigabit" means an Internet connection that delivers 1,000 megabits of data every second. The average internet connection speed in the UK, around February 2015 was 29.8 megabits per second (Mbps) with some households able to receive a massive 152Mbps, which sounds pretty fast. With all that speed, however, downloads and streaming can still feel downright sluggish, especially when several people at your house are online at the same time. A connection that's over 100 times faster would alleviate the internal bottleneck within your home and let the whole family cruise the Internet at light speed.

Ok, so what can you do with a gigabit?

Imagine downloading a high-definition movie in less than ten seconds. Or uploading 1,000 photos in 30 seconds. Or connecting seamlessly to the office from home. Or simply letting everyone in the family do their thing - watch football, stream movies, play online games and videos, do research for a homework project - without any lag whatsoever. Oh... and those are just the obvious benefits.

TV on steroids

High-speed Internet has transformed television over recent years, by offering a whole new level of programming and functionality. Streaming services are popping up left, right and centre, from not just terrestrial TV channels, but also from streaming services, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, which all have exclusive programming. With gigabit speed throughout your home, every person in the family can watch their own favourite program in high definition … at the same time (providing you have a high-speed internet connection and enough televisions of course!).

Everything in the house is getting "smarter"

What happens when you hook up an everyday object - a thermostat, for example - to the Internet? The thermostat gets smarter, that's what. Imagine a scenario like this... You've just arrived at your holiday destination and you suddenly realise that you forgot to turn the heating off back home. As your thermostat is connected to the Internet, all you have to do is open an app on your smart phone and adjust the thermostat. All sorts of ingenious, Internet-connected products, from home security systems to sprinkler controllers to garage door openers to fridges that order food for you, are coming to the market.

With more and more things in your home linked to the Internet, a super-fast connection can no longer be counted as a luxury, it becomes essential.

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