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The broadband world can be a nightmare for the uninitiated. Technical terms are often thrown around at will and you're expected to know what they mean.

As a result, it can be difficult to differentiate between services such as satellite and ADSL and to know which one is right for you. Read on to find out how these connections work and whether they are suited to your needs.

What is satellite broadband?

As the name suggests, satellite broadband provides internet access through the use of satellites. Signals are transmitted from a dish in space to another on the side of a building. This is connected to a modem, which allows computers and other devices to go online. The link between the satellites is two-way, meaning data can be both downloaded and uploaded.

This type of connection has long been favoured in rural and remote areas where there is limited infrastructure, as there is no need for the construction of telephone masts or underground cabling.

What is ADSL?

ADSL, which stands for asymmetric digital subscriber line, is one of the most common forms of broadband in the UK. Essentially it allows devices to access the internet through signals delivered via a phone line.

However, unlike dial-up connections, which also run through phone lines, ADSL works alongside the frequencies used for phone calling, meaning you can go online and use the phone simultaneously. It also provides much faster download and upload speeds than dial-up.

Why choose satellite?

ADSL is completely dependant on phone lines and that's fine if you live in a large town or city. However, if you happen to live in a rural location where phone lines are limited or non-existent, it isn't much use.

This is where satellite broadband has the advantage. As you are receiving your internet connection from a satellite orbiting in space, it provides a fast and reliable service regardless of whether you have a phone line or not.

All that is needed to get connected is a small dish installed on the side of your property, which is linked to a modem via a single wire. Everywhere is the same distance from space, meaning satellite broadband customers in the countryside receive the exact same service as those in large cities.

Why Avonline?

Avonline is the UK's leading supplier of satellite broadband. We provide the Tooway service, which is the fastest customer-focused satellite connection available in Europe.

We understand that internet use varies from person to person and for that reason our broadband offering is divided into five packages. This ensures you won't be paying for things you don't need.

If you require a super-fast connection, we can help. Our broadband is capable of providing download speeds of up to 20 Mbps, well above the UK average of 12.1 Mbps, which was revealed in a recent study by Ofcom.

Internet access has become an integral part of everyday life and we strive to make installation of our broadband as quick as possible. Our customers are generally able to get online within two weeks of placing an order.