Pros & Cons Of Different Internet Types

The internet’s influence on the human race continues to rise as time goes on. In just a few decades, the internet has grown from scratch to serve 5 billion people in the world. Putting things into perspective, that is two out of three people in this world. A leading market research business by the name of Strategy Analytics came up with something even more striking: by the year 2025, the number of internet subscribers can be expected to increase to 35 billion – more than 100 times the population of the United States!

With the growing influence of the internet comes an increase in the number of questions asked about it. At some point in their lives, all adults have to make decisions as to the types of internet they want to subscribe to.

In the case that you are facing this situation today, consider this blog was written just for you! It lists down all the internet types and compares them to one another so you can see which one best fits your needs.

Dial-Up

No listing of internet types can be published without the mention of dial-up internet. Dial-up internet was the one predominantly used in the past decade. Ask your parents about it and they will most likely express nostalgic emotions. Although it served its purpose very well in times past, this type of net is now used very infrequently in the United States. This is because it offers much lower speeds compared to the types mentioned below.

DSL

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is often considered the successor to dial-up internet. This is because, like dial-up, DSL uses phone cables to transmit the internet from one place to the other. However, DSL is different from its predecessor in one very important manner: it allows for broadband transmission.

This means that you can get much higher speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Although the plans with the highest speeds can cost you up to 50 dollars, you can also get DSL for cheaper by subscribing to a plan offering lower speeds. Because of the higher speeds it offered, DSL remained the most popular internet type in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries till 2019.

Cable

Wonder what, in 2019, overtook DSL’s top spot in OECD countries? Cable internet. Like DSL, it also allows broadband transmission. No joke, cable internet can get you speeds up to 2000 Mbps! Alongside, as it uses the same type of cables that are responsible for cable TV, many internet service providers (ISPs) allow you to bundle your internet with cable TV.

For example, you can get an HD cable with Xfinity internet packages. This bundling option, along with the provision of blazing-fast speeds, has made cable internet the most widely used internet type. It is available throughout the entirety of this country, in all states.

Fiber

A cable may be the most frequently used type but the fiber is most definitely the type that is growing the fastest in terms of subscribers. This is because fiber allows you to get super-fast speeds of thousands of MBs per second. To put things in perspective, these are ten times greater than the speeds that cable and DSL connections usually offer.

Notably, even though the speeds are much faster, the prices of fiber internet packages are not even that high in comparison to those of other internet types. However, as fiber is the latest technology, it is not available everywhere as of yet. In the situation that you think fiber internet does best fit your needs, we recommend you first call up internet service providers (ISPs) and ask them if they have fiber-optic lines in your town.

Satellite

If there is an internet type with characteristics opposite to those of fiber, it must be a satellite. While fiber is only available in a select few places, a satellite is available in all places on the face of this Earth. In fact, it is also present in places as remote as Antarctica! This ease of accessibility is due to the fact that all you need is a satellite receiver to catch internet signals. Another thing that differentiates satellite internet from fiber is speed.

While fiber provides matchless speeds, speeds on satellite internet are the lowest due to the high latency involved in sending signals from Earth to the satellite and back. Another drawback of satellite internet is that ISPs often make you pay up to 500 dollars as a one-time fee for satellite internet installation.

Bottomline

If you are living in a highly remote area, it makes all the sense in the world for you to choose satellite internet as that might be the only type available for use. However, it is highly likely that you live in the type of area where you have many kinds of connections available to you.

Considering how we will be using more internet devices and spending more time on the global network, we suggest getting fiber as it is most likely to get you enough speed to consistently run all your online operations.

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