Want to save money on your broadband? If you're not a big internet user, ADSL could be the right choice.
Over the last few years, broadband has become faster. You might think you have to have fibre broadband in order to get decent service, but although ADSL, or standard broadband, is not as fast as fibre, it can work incredibly well for some households. Having said that, It is fibre broadband has become the standard. A much faster fibre connection can be found for a couple of extra pounds per month, or even in some cases cheaper than an ADSL connection. Some broadband providers will only show you their ADSL package if there is no fibre available in your area.
If you’re a light user and don’t have many devices connected to your broadband, you might find ADSL is a perfectly acceptable option. And if you live in a remote area where it is the only option, then don’t despair as it is perfectly serviceable. Generally speaking, you should allow 10Mbps for every person in your household who uses the internet separately. 10Mbps is the advertised speed of most ADSL. So if you normally watch Netflix or iPlayer together you shouldn’t have any issues. For more help figuring out what broadband speed you need, read our guide.
Although 10-11Mbps may sound very slow in comparison with other speeds, in fact, ADSL can handle most daily internet use.
Most providers offer ADSL, often as a no-frills budget alternative to fibre broadband. Vodafone and Virgin Media are the two biggest providers with no ADSL options. A few others like Hyperoptic, which prides itself on its high speeds, don't either. However, you'll still find plenty of choice.
All of these providers offer similar ADSL speeds of 10-11 Mbps.
Although speeds don't vary, prices do. Use our postcode checker to see which deals are available in your area and find the cheapest ADSL broadband.
ADSL uses the copper wires in the phone lines to deliver broadband into your home. It has speeds between 10 – 11Mbps, making it slower than fibre broadband. ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. The term asymmetrical is used because the download speed is much faster than the upload speed.
Not necessarily. ADSL is still available and historically cheaper than fibre, but it doesn’t mean it will be less expensive. Use our postcode checker to see what’s available in your area and then filter the deals by the cheapest to find a deal that suits your budget. You might find you can get fibre broadband for less than you think.
It depends on your lifestyle. In general, if you are a light internet user with a small household, ADSL might be fine. If you live with several others and you’re all on the internet at the same time you will probably struggle. However, if you are getting ADSL it may be because it is all that is available where you live, otherwise you will most likely be able to get fibre at a price which can compete with ADSL. Our comprehensive guide to broadband speed will help you decide if standard broadband is right for you.