Although we do our best to keep Broadband Compare as jargon-free as possible, sometimes it’s unavoidable in a technical industry.
If you’re confused about what something means, hopefully this will clarify things and if you are still confused don’t hesitate to give us a call or use our online chat to help you understand broadband.
• 4G: The latest generation of mobile internet, and much faster than
• 3G: Refers to mobile internet. Better coverage than 4G, but slower
• ADSL: Widely available broadband, delivered through copper telephone wires - read more here
• Bandwidth: The amount of data that can be transferred to and from your broadband, usually measured per second
• Cookies: A small file that’s sent to your computer to store information about a website you visit or a link you click
• Download: Transfer data from one device onto another, often via the internet
• Download speed: How quickly data will be transferred onto your device from the internet, the higher the download speed the better
• Early Termination Fee: A one off charge to allow you to break your minimum commitment on a broadband contract - read more here.
• ETF: Early Termination Fee - read more here.
• ETP: External Termination Point – the ‘box’ on your property which connects your house to the fibre broadband network in the street
• Exchange: Where all the broadband and phone connections in a local area meet
• Fibre: Ultrafast broadband, the best broadband technology and the newest and quickest. Far faster than ADSL, VDSL or Mobile broadband connection types - read more here.
• Megabit (Mb): A unit of measurement for the transfer of digital information - i.e. Megabits per second (Mbps)
• Modem: A device that converts data sent over a telephone line, allowing you to use the internet
• Streaming: Using data while it downloads - for example with video services like iPlayer • Upload: Transfer data from your computer to another
• Upload speed: How quickly you can send data from your computer over the internet
• VDSL: The next generation Very Fast Broadband that is possible to deliver on the traditional copper telecom network - read more here
• Wi-Fi: Allows gadgets to connect to the internet wirelessly