ADSL Broadband & The Alternatives

Those who have used the internet since its inception will remember the pathetic connection speed offered by the dial up modem (modulator demodulator)... a card inserted in a slot in the motherboard. The highest speeds these modems could offer was a sluggish 52 kbps (that is bits and not bytes... 8 bits constitute a byte). In all purposes these type of connections were suitable for browsing as well as sending and receiving emails. Downloading files posed no problems because of their small size. Such connections used to run over telephone lines. These connections used a splitter to separate the different frequencies used by the telephone line and the modem. This ensured that the connection to the internet did not drop when receiving or making phone calls while using the modem. Things have changed a lot over the past few decades with the introduction of high speed broadband connections, especially adsl broadband that permits high speed internet connections and allows users to download at speeds of 10MBps and above. For the uninitiated, ADSL is an acronym for asymmetric digital subscriber line, a technology for data communication that allows high speed data communication through copper telephone lines than the typical voiceband modem can provide.

Extra information about adsl broadband


Difference between ADSL and SDSL

SDSL or symmetric digital subscriber line too transmits data over the traditional POTS (plain old telephone service) line. However, it offers high speed upload and download, depending on the speed of the connection subscribed with the internet service provider, whereas ADSL provides high speed download, but slower speed upload.


What benefits does it offer a small business?

Small businesses require a high speed and affordable internet connection to interact with their clients, update their websites, download files uploaded by their branches located in different parts of the country, and much more. If your employees spend 50% of the day online in accessing systems, doing research, as well as dealing with vendors and customers, that means spending four hours each day. Can you imagine that scenario if five percent of that time is wasted due to a slow internet connection, it amounts to 50 hours for each employee in the course of a year. If the amount wasted is double, it wastes 100 hours annually per employee. This means a loss of thousands of Pounds for your business per year. You can easily save this amount by opting for an ADSL broadband connection.


How expensive is ADSL broadband usually?

The cost of such a connection in the United Kingdom depends on the service provider, the speed of the connection, as well as the extra benefits provided. The cheapest connection with a speed of 11MBps costs approximately £17.95 per month, inclusive of unlimited data allowance. This price is based on a 12 month's contract and will cost more if you hire the connection for just a few months.


How available is ADSL broadband?

Thanks to a wide range of service providers, you can now expect to get such a connection pan U.K. However, you should check the tariffs offered by different internet service providers as well as the additional benefits they provide before choosing one for supplying ADSL broadband to your office.