- 1 Network
- 2 Choosing a cheap internet connection
- 3 Which broadband speed do I need?
- 4 The fastest provider of broadband in Denmark
- 5 Data usage and a mobile broadband solution
- 6 The different solutions
- 7 What is broadband?
- 8 What is Megabyte and Gigabyte?
- 9 What is ADSL?
- 10 What is coax?
- 11 COAX
- 12 COAX vs the fiber network
- 13 What is the fiber network?
- 14 Why the fiber network?
The prices at the different internet providers can vary quite a lot, but actually most providers use the same network. TDCs. The last couple of years other networks such as Waoo and Telia have emerged. But it is expensive for the companies to make their own network. That is the reason most of the providers rent space on an existing network.
So if you have already decided which network you wish to use it can make sense to choose the cheapest solution available on that network. In that case only customer service and creation are different.
Choosing a cheap internet connection
We have already mentioned the two most import parameters to compare, those being speed and price. If we are looking for cheap internet, price will be the parametre we have to choose after.
That means we need to neutralise speed to be able to compare prices directly. That we can do by finding our need for speed, and that choose the cheapest broadband provider that as a minimum offers this speed.
Which broadband speed do I need?
It all depends on what you are going to use it for. If you are only using the internet to read some news and emails you do not need a fast connection. But if you the other hand use the internet to watch tv and stream movies and series you need a fast connection.
Here you need to know that download speed is what is important. You upload speed only matters if you are going to upload things on the internet.
If the internet is to be used intensively by several people and for streaming of movies and tv-series on NetFlix and YouTube you need some serious speed.
Let us take a closer look at some very general guidelines for speed.
- Good solution if you only are to use the internet to read the news and check facebook and emails.
- 20 MBIT/s
- Great solution if you are going to stream movies and series, but not for more than two people at the same time.
- Great solution if more than two people are going to stream movies and series at the same time.
The fastest provider of broadband in Denmark
When we compare the internet providers in the overview on this page, Hiper is the fastest with a maximum download speed of 1000 Mbit.
Internet speed is a indication of how much data can be transported within a certain time frame. And the connection starts to get unstable if more is downloaded.
Unlike the days with dial-up modem a wifi-connection has almost always included unlimited download and upload of data. So you bill will not run wild even if you download a lot.
Data usage and a mobile broadband solution
As already mentioned an internet connection installed in your home is almost always including unlimited data. Same goes for the connection at the workplace for that matter. And the connection will also be wireless. But the solution comes with a geographical limitation, because you cannot take it with you.
But you can take it with you if you purchase a mobile broadband connection. Then the only limitation is how well the signal is working in the area in question. And these days speed and coverage is about as good as for other internet connections.
The greatest disadvantage is the price and that unlimited data is not included as a standard. So if we also want unlimited data the price starts to increase.
So if you decide to go for a mobile solution you need consider you needed amount of data. If you are the only user and the main usage is facebook and emails, one few GB per month will be enough. With more than one user and usage include streaming of movies and series you may as much as 30GB per month. And maybe even more.
The different solutions
Various solutions exist dependent on your residence. They include;
- Phone jack; is the most common way for an internet connection. Uses the same plug and cables as a landline telephone.
- Cable-TV; also a quite common solution. Uses the same network as the cable-TV, but you do not need to have cable-TV.
- Fiber network; is the latest solution which uses fiber optic cables and can deliver the fastest speed.
- Mobile broadband; uses the same network as a cell phone.
What is broadband?
Broadband is a designation for a signal which can transport a certain amount of frequencies. The more bandwidth the more can be transported. In the specific case wifi information. A very narrow width can perhaps only transport single signs, while the possibilities are almost endless with enough bandwidth.
Before most homes were connected to the internet via a modem which had to dial for each connection. Today the process is a lot more simple luckily.
What is Megabyte and Gigabyte?
Broadband speed is described in MBIT so let us go through what they mean. Sometimes it can be confusing when speed is expressed in MBIT and data amount in byte.
Eight MBIT is equivalent to one megabyte and 1,024 megabyte is one gigabyte.
If you have a connection with a speed of 1 MBIT you will be able to download about 120 kilobyte per second. The one MBIT is equivalent to 1/8 Megabyte meaning 1,000 Kilobyte/8 = approximately 120 Kilobyte.
So with a speed of 10 MBIT download maximum is around 1,200 Kilobyte or 1.2 Megabyte per second.
What is ADSL?
ADSL is an abbreviation for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and uses the ordinary telephone landline. It is asymmetric meaning that download and upload speed can be different. ADSL took over from ISDN which made it possible to surf on the internet and speak on the phone at the same time.
ADSL uses some old cobber wiring which are available all over Denmark and uses a technology called DSL. Traditionally is has been the most used solution, but is in the process of losing grounds to cable plug and the fiber network.
What is coax?
If your broadband connection is via coax it means your internet is connection your home via cable-TV. The alternatives are cobber and the fiber network. When using coax you get TV and broadband via the same coax cable, so you need a TV-plug to go online.
If you are using the cobber net (ADSL) you need a broadband plug to be able to watch TV. The opposite of coax.
A coaxial cable is used within electronics and excels by shielding against electrical radiation and is therefore great for high frequencies. Is can be used for both TV and radio signals.
COAX vs the fiber network
For most people in Denmark it does matter whether they get broadband via coax or the fiber network. The reason for this is that even tough fiber can deliver superior speed, most ordinary households will not be able to use the extra speed for anything.
What is the fiber network?
The fiber network is contrary to normal broadband delivered with fiber optic cables. A normal broadband connection is delivered via cobber and therefore the fiber network can provide substantially faster broadband.
What is the difference between the fiber network and broadband?
The fiber network consists of glass of plastic and transports data via light pulses through the interior of the core of the fiber. The information is passing through light and therefore lightning fast and with great reliability. Normal broadband passes through cable plug or phone jack that has not been made specifically for the internet. The fiber network is built specifically for the internet.
Why the fiber network?
Depending of your usage of the internet it can be an advantage compared to the normal broadband. Here is a few reasons;
- Many people in the household use the internet
- You watch many movies and series via streaming
- You play many games demanding a substantial data amount.
- If you download or upload large files
Do you mainly use the internet to read mails and news, it probably makes more sense to choose a cheap broadband solution.
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