Everything about broadband internet
There are different types of connections to access the internet. Originally there was only the analog dial-up connection, nowadays there are faster alternatives. Everyone can choose the internet connection that best meets his or her wishes. The small percentage of people for whom no broadband via cable, ADSL or fiber optic is available, can opt for a satellite connection or mobile internet via 4G.
Which broadband form and how wide?
With broadband you can use the internet, watch TV and use the same connection. Various connections fall under the term broadband. The best known are:
Coax (the cable)
DSL (the former telephone line)
3G and 4G mobile networks
Wireless initiatives such as satellite internet
Thanks to mobile networks and satellite coverage, everyone in the Netherlands can get a broadband connection, even where fixed broadband is not profitable. Around 330,000 households and businesses do not yet have fast internet. Everyone switch to a faster internet package.
These households usually live in sparsely populated outlying areas and now have no internet access of at least 30 megabits per second. Satellite internet is available everywhere in the Netherlands, but this is (much) less fast and much more expensive. In remote areas, therefore, countless citizen initiatives are emerging to realize fiber optics. Together Fast Internet, a government platform, wants to support local authorities and citizens in realizing fast internet in rural areas. On the website you can find which initiatives per province have been started, running or completed.
Networks with a minimum speed of 100 Mbps are considered super-fast within the European Union. These are also called Next Generation Networks. Such speeds are currently possible via ‘the cable’, DSL and fiber optic. Mobile networks will also become much faster in the future, thanks to 4G (LTE), 4G Max and 5G in the future. However, mobile networks will not easily match the capacity of fixed networks.
Also read: TIME Internet
European broadband objectives
The European countries endorse the objectives for 2020. In that year everyone in the European Union must have access to broadband with a speed of at least 30 Mb per second or more. Few countries are already nearly meeting this target: 97% of households can get such a connection at the moment. In addition, at least half of households must use a connection of at least 100 Mb per second. 95% of households now have this option.
Target for broadband
The most of the countries has set itself the goal that by 2023 every citizen can use an internet connection with a speed of at least 100 Mb per second. Also in the so-called outside areas, and even the majority must have a connection that is ten times faster (1 Gb per second). A coverage obligation applies to the future auction of frequencies, for example from 5G. This means that providers must ensure that there is a reliable and fast mobile connection everywhere.
Install broadband internet yourself or have it installed by a technician?
Almost all broadband subscriptions and packages are delivered with a ‘do-it-yourself’ package. This consists of all the components you need to connect your internet connection yourself plus a comprehensive manual. No technical knowledge is required for self-installation. Plugs in and the rest is self-explanatory. If you can’t figure it out, customer service can help you further. If you prefer to have the package installed by a technician, you can indicate this in your order. Sometimes providers have promotions where installation by a technician is free. You can find this in our comparison by refining your choice on ‘free installation’. Often you can also opt for installation via a technician afterwards. Sometimes the costs for this are included in your package, but it may also be that there are extra costs involved. You can find more information about this in the installation package that you receive from your provider.