Lots of people in Northumberland have been demanding superfast broadband over the last few years and already know what they will do when they have access to higher speeds, but some people may not yet fully appreciate the benefits of superfast broadband to a home or business.

New applications will develop to take advantage of the higher speed connections that are being rolled out – how many people predicted BBC’s iPlayer when first generation broadband was being rolled out in the early 2000s?

Click on the relevant tab below to see the huge amount of home and business benefits superfast broadband provides and watch the video below.

Simultaneous use

It can be incredibly difficult for all of the family to be using the internet at the same time with a slow connection.  With superfast broadband your family can do their work in the office, watch movies online and download new songs whenever they want and play games with friends all over the world – all at the same time.

Stream TV shows and movies in seconds

Whether you want to download high definition films, catch up on your favourite TV programme on BBC iPlayer, view the box set of your favourite comedy show through your Sky+ box, download music or stream live radio you will need a high speed broadband service. Downloading a typical 700MB film using a 2Mbps broadband connection will take around an hour, with a 32Mbps connection it will take under 3 minutes.

Keep in touch with friends and family

Superfast broadband can make a big difference to how you stay in touch with friends and family. You’ll no longer be restricted to making traditional phone calls and sending the same old standard mobile texts; instead you’ll have access to a whole world of advanced online communication that will let you say anything you want, however you wish to say it.

Download and play games online

With fibre broadband, you are much less likely to lose your connection or suffer from ‘lag’ issues. Play online with friends all over the world or download the newest games online on the day of release rather than needing to visit the shops!

Social networking and file storage

Social networking sites such as Facebook are getting bigger with more photos, more videos and more links to other sites. People are increasingly storing photos, documents, music and videos online in ‘the cloud’ rather than on their home computer. Fast upload and download speeds are therefore critical.

Learn something new

With online courses supported by video, audio and interactive questions, high speed broadband can provide better access to education and learning opportunities. Look for employment opportunities online and have access to a greater range of jobs.

Simultaneous use

If you have a number of employees sharing a broadband connection then high speed broadband can enable several people to be online at the same time, downloading or transferring files or video conferencing. In some cases you may be paying for several existing connections therefore high speed broadband may save you money.

Keep your data safe and access it anywhere

With high speed broadband you can host your documents remotely or through a range of ‘cloud’ services such as Dropbox, Google Documents or Sharepoint. This means you can access your data from anywhere with an internet connection and ensure it remains safe.

Cut your business calls and travelling costs

Video conferencing means you can still talk face to face with customers and colleagues, but cuts down on the time and expense of travelling. High speed broadband also allows you to make use of VoIP technology for your calls and saves your business money.

Offer good Wi-Fi to your customers

Businesses such as cafes, hotels and shops are under pressure to offer Wi-Fi access. With a high speed broadband connection your business could offer a fast and reliable service to customers without impacting on the day to day needs of your own business.

Have a better website and digital presence

With high speed broadband it is much easier to maintain a website and trade online. High speed broadband will also enable your website to include high quality pictures and videos meaning visitors will get a richer experience.

Improve your work life balance

High speed broadband will enable you and any employees to work from home more efficiently, improving work/life balance and reducing the need to travel.

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