internet service providerYour profile is an important factor to consider when buying a broadband package, below is a description and explanation of the various categories.

Despite the Internet being an essential part of all of our lives, there are different types of broadband user.  This means that each of us falls into a different category of how much we use the Internet.

Some people will argue that it is impossible to define how much a person uses the Internet as we all use it for different things and for different lengths of time. However, after much study and observation, it has been found that people meet an average amount of hours based on the various activities they conduct using their broadband connections.

The three different types of broadband Internet connection users are: the light user, the medium user and the heavy user.  Your profile is an important factor to consider when buying a broadband package, because the type of Internet user you are defines the amount of bandwidth you require.  Below is a description and explanation of the various categories.

1. The light broadband user

The light broadband user is the type of person who does not use their Internet connection for many tasks.  The activities they complete online are primarily ‘the basics’, such as reading and sending emails.  They will also spend time on various Internet search engines ‘surfing the web’ for information (most of the time necessary and relevant information).  Their download speed would need not be fast, as they rarely download files, and when they stream the files are very small.

The light broadband user does not use their Internet connection for long periods per day; the average time is one or two hours.  The connection is not utilised each day but only when necessary.

The broadband Internet connection packages most suited to this type of user are cheaper deals with minimal download and upload bandwidth.  The packages are usually cheap and pocket friendly making them ideal for students or young people. Ironically, students are sometimes those who utilise the Internet most and require the more expensive packages.  Different light user packages can be compared on websites such as uSwitch.com.

2. The medium broadband user

The medium broadband user is also known as the average broadband connection user.  This person utilises their Internet connection to complete social tasks, as well as practical activities.  You will find the medium user on social networking sites, online chat platforms, blogs and video sharing sites; they will also search Google or Bing for information, and check and send emails.

The medium broadband user, unlike the light user, may spend a few hours on the Internet almost every day completing the majority of the tasks noted above.  Their lives are not as consumed by the Internet as heavy users, but they are significantly more intensive than light users.

This broadband user need not consider the unlimited or larger broadband connection packages as he/she would not utilise that amount of data allowance.  Instead, the 20-40GB deals should be appropriate if they have reasonable download and upload speed.  The medium package is generally very reasonably prices. This type of package is enough for most users that not do much streaming.

3. The heavy broadband user

The heavy broadband user is that person who spends all their time using the Internet, downloading large files, engaging in social media, and participating in online games.  Often the heavy broadband user will stream videos and music online instead of watching television or listening to an iPod or music channels.  An example, of a heavy user is an online gamer who spend the majority of their days playing games.

Another type of heavy user is the person who is running a home business.  It is generally accepted that this type of person will spend a minimum of six hours online building their business and creating an online presence as a means of growth.  Due to the introduction of blogs and personal websites, many people have created blogs on which hours are spent each day of the week.

Online shopping has also contributed to heavy broadband usage.  Retail companies have expanded their companies to include online stores, which has now led to individuals spending hours shopping online for personal and practical items, from clothes and groceries.  eBay has also contributed to the heavy broadband user, with people purchasing items which are sent to them via post.

The heavy broadband user is best suited to large broadband Internet connection packages, such as the unlimited and totally unlimited options (as seen on uSwitch.com and Tooway).  It is imperative that this person has plenty of data allowance, as well as download and upload speeds to ensure that there is no delay in website loading.  It is recommended that this type of user use fibre optic Internet if possible.

Different factors all types of users should consider

Irrespective of the type of broadband user you are, there are certain factors you must consider regarding your Internet connection speed.  The first is the amount of people you are sharing your connection with – the greater the amount of users in your home the more demands there will be on your connection.

The quantity of users does not only refer to the connection in the house, it can also refer to the number of users on line from the network exchange.  If there are a massive number of people on the network the speed is likely to be hindered.  This is known as the contention ratio and generally impacts most at peak Internet times; evenings and weekends. It is recommended that you conduct a speed test to determine how your speed does at different times of the day.  A speed test can be completed using the measurement tools on the uSwitch website

Final words on the matter

In conclusion, it is important to know what type of user you are before purchasing a broadband connection package.  Your profile of usage will affect the type of deal you require, which will ultimately affect the money you spend.

Article WritingPhil Turner was looking for a decent satellite broadband provider so he visited the comparison website uSwitch.com where he found lots of offers from providers such as Tooway.

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