We live in an era where technology has become more essential to the people than being able to provide for their basic livelihood. Technology not only makes our basic tasks easier to complete but they save one of our most important constraints in life – Time! The Internet has left such a huge impact on the society; it is nearly impossible to imagine our day-to-day lives without it. The Internet is an excellent source of information, communication, and entertainment. However, the first step to getting hooked up to the Internet is by selecting your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
There are thousands of Internet Service Provider’s all over the globe. However, the problem lies in choosing the one best suited for you. Choosing a new ISP is tough, tougher than selecting a supplier for Electricity or Gas, this is because the performance and quality of service may vary hugely depending on where a person might live or which Internet provider one picks.
Before choosing a new ISP, there are three major constraints to look out for:
– Price :- Generally, higher the price, better the quality, although it is not strictly necessary. Well established ISP’s tend to have a higher price for almost the same quality provided by small Alternative Networks (latent). Look around for cheap broadband deals on reputable ISPs.
– Quality :- People often buy ISP packages based on it’s price disregarding the quality provided. Quality is highly variable, it depends massively on where a person might live, and the type of satellite your ISP has set up to hook you up to the Internet.
– Altnets :- There are growing number of Alternative Networks that can provide better Internet service than well established ISP’s for the same payable amount and hence should be taken into consideration.
In the UK, there is a rather tough competition among the service provides, however, according to UK’s Best Broadband Service Survey 2016, the list has been narrowed down to the following 4 service providers:
1. Virgin Media -: Virgin Media has the third highest broadband subscriber size in the UK and is said to have been the Fastest and Most Reliable Service Provider of 2016 just because of their amazing deals. They have been rated to have the best Customer and Technical Support after Sky Broadband.
2. Sky Broadband -: Sky Broadband has been one of the oldest ISP’s in the UK market and has the second highest subscriber size. They are said to have been ranked the highest in terms of their Customer and Technical support and as the Second Best Value Provider of 2016.
3. PlusNet -: PlusNet, a part-owned by BT Group is said to have been the Most Recommended Service Provider of 2016. Plusnet, along with EE broadband (also a part of BT Group) have the highest broadband subscriber size and are one of the cheapest providers in the UK market.
4. AAISP (Andrew & Arnolds) :- AAISP is not an ISP for the budget concious customer and sadly they don’t do “unlimited” packages like the rest, but they do offer a slightly more expensive 1TB allowance which is more than enough for a daily home based user. Although they might not be the cheapest, the company’s strength lies in their service quality and exceptional customer support.
Other than these, there are several other Internet Service Providers like IDENT, Zen Internet, no, etc. which provide great service regarding quality and price and are to be considered before opting for a suitable ISP based on your needs.