Internet service providers & choosing the best one for you

Are you grappling with which internet service provider to choose?

Internet service providers & choosing the best one for you
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Finding yourself grappling with the decision about which fibre internet service provider to go for? In this blog, we highlight some helpful key points to hopefully make that decision a little easier.

1. Check the availability of your potential ISP

You’ve heard the phrase ‘Location! Location! Location!’ Well, the same is true when it comes to deciding between internet service providers. Make sure that the fibre internet service provider you have in mind not only has good, but great coverage in your area.

Check coverage of your internet service provider
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2. Decide on your need for speed and run a fibre internet speed test

Your fibre internet service provider has varying speeds of fibre internet for you to choose from. The faster the fibre internet speed you choose the better your experience will be and the more you’re likely to pay.  

So decide on what you will be using your fibre internet for, and then choose the service provider who will give you an honest opinion on the internet package that will best satisfy your need for speed, and your budget.

Click here to run an internet speed test

3. How much fibre internet do you need and the ‘tortoise router’ effect

Speed is one thing, bandwidth is another. Your fibre internet service provider can supply you with blitz-fast fibre internet but, if you have connected every one of the 15 devices you own to your wifi router at the same time, your router may be struggling to distribute enough bandwidth to cater for all those devices. You may then suffer from what we like to call ‘the tortoise router effect’.

Your slow fibre internet may not be as a result of your service provider, but rather the type of wifi router setup you have. It can be easily fixed with a few simple modifications or new hardware purchases so you can kick the ‘tortoise slow’ internet speed to the curb.

Kick the tortoise slow router affect

4. Don’t only choose a fibre internet service provider by their price?

Price is almost always the deciding factor when it comes to choosing an internet service provider, but it doesn’t need to be. Before deciding on the cheapest option, do some research as to how your potential internet service provider actually manages the fibre internet connection they supply you with.

No doubt you have heard of terms like “throttling”, “capped” and “shaping” fibre internet. At RocketNet, as an ISP, we don’t have the desire to frustrate our customers with throttling, shaping, and capping your fibre internet. We offer fibre internet to our customers without shaping, throttling, or capping so they can enjoy the best online experience possible.

It’s not just about price

5. Check the after-sales support of your potential service provider

Lastly, choose the service provider that is going to give you the after-sales support you need. As an example, here at RocketNet, we developed a RocketNet probe app that you can download for Android or Apple phones. This intuitive probe app, developed by RouteThis, allows you to run your own fibre internet diagnosis at home.

Also, do some research on third party customer rating platforms like Hello Peter (where we rank #1 by the way) and go through some reviews of fibre internet service providers you are thinking of using. Those achieving the highest ratings from customers like you are probably a good option.

Choose based on great support

6. Finally, make the choice

One last tip. You can download this table we made using the headings from this blog post for you to map out and compare different service providers. Do the comparison and make an informed decision.

2 Comments

  1. A L Graham

    Looking for fibre 200 x 200 mbos no contract. must be uncapped

    Reply
    • Chad Cunningham

      Hi AL Graham. Thank you for the comment. I will ask support to get in touch with you asap.

      Reply

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