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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Here at Avonline, our satellite broadband technology works by providing you with a certain amount of data each month. 

We have a number of different packages available, all of which are priced depending on the amount of data they provide. It's important that you choose the option that best suits your requirements. That way, you'll be able to do everything you want to online and won't be paying for data you don't need.

So, how do you go about calculating the amount of data that's right for you? Read on to find out. 

What is data?
To get started, it's important to first know exactly what we mean by data. Everything you view on the internet, be it text, images or video, is transmitted to your computer in the form of data from a complex network. The more of this data you transmit at any one time, the faster your internet connection will need to be to handle it. We measure this data in gigabytes (GB).

Who's going online?
The first step to working out your data requirements is to think about who is going to be using your broadband connection. Naturally, the more people that go online, the more data is needed. You'll also want to think about how often the connection will be used. A single person who spends four or five hours a day on the web will need more data than a household of three where broadband is used sparingly.

What are they doing?
The next thing you need to think about is what people are going to be doing online. Every action you take on the web has a different level of data consumption and some activities use much more than others.

For example, surfing the web for 24 hours will typically only require one GB. However, streaming video content through a service like BBC iPlayer for 60 minutes will use the same amount. You can find out more about the data consumption of a range of typical online activities here

Have a think about what you're likely to do online over the course of the month, add up a rough total and see how it corresponds with our different packages. 

Miscalculated?
Not sure if you're going to be able to calculate your data needs accurately? Don't worry. We don't expect you to spend hours working it out with a calculator. Whatever package you opt for, you'll have a 90-day period in which you can change completely free of charge. During this time, you should be able to develop a decent understanding of what you're doing online and how much data this requires.

Even once the 90 days have expired, you can still upgrade for free, but we do charge a small admin fee for downgrades. You can keep track of how much data you're using through our customer portal. Worried about what happens if you exceed your data limit? Learn more here.