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Cable Internet Plans: What you need to know when comparing
When you’re in the market for fast internet, it’s difficult to pass up what cable internet can offer. Besides great download and upload speeds, it might also save you money if you take advantage of bundled options.
Here’s what you need to know when comparing cable internet plans.
The basics of Cable Internet
Cable internet is a type of broadband internet that’s delivered through your cable TV wires instead of your phone line.
Cable internet connects through the coaxial cable, which is also used for pay TV services like Foxtel. Because of this, there could be multiple users unknowingly ‘sharing’ the connection.
In order to stop users’ internet speeds being affected by the ‘shared’ connection, service providers will cap the available speed. This allows the available bandwidth to be dished out equally. While fair in theory, it sometimes means your cable connection isn’t reaching the potential top speed available – at its full potential, cable internet is as fast, if not faster, than ADSL.
What to consider when choosing your Cable Internet Plan
You have two options for accessing the cable network in Australia: Telstra and Optus. Both offer several different plans and each uses its own cable infrastructure. Before you get started, check which provider is available in your area.
Both providers offer entertainment bundles, which include broadband access, a home phone and a TV service subscription. You can generally save money by bundling these services rather than paying for each separately. Alternatively, if you’re not looking for any extras, you can opt for a broadband-only option without a phone or pay TV service.
Telstra and Optus offer 24-month contracts for cable internet, and they also have month-to-month plans. When choosing a plan, consider how much data you’ll need. This will depend on what you use the internet for and how often you go online. Both providers have plans that cater to households with low, moderate or high usage.
Cable Internet installation costs
Getting online with cable isn’t the same process as using the existing copper (phone) network. If you don’t already have pay TV, your cable connection will need to be installed professionally. This will usually come at an additional one-off cost.
Is cable the right match for you?
If speed is a deciding factor, consider whether your devices will be able to run as quickly as you’d like. There’s no point paying for a premium connection if you won’t be able to enjoy all the benefits. Make sure that all your devices are running on the latest operating systems available and have enough available memory to deliver the best performance.
If cable is not available in your area, of course there are other internet options available.
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