What Does Broadband Mean?
Broadband is known as a high bandwidth connection to the Internet. It is quicker and easier to utilize than the conventional telephone and modem because information can be transmitted and downloaded much faster than ever before.
The word “broadband” is what people tend to describe fast Internet access. According to Wikipedia,
“Internet access is the means by which individual terminals, computers, mobile devices, and local area networks are connected to the global Internet. Internet access is usually sold by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that use many different technologies offering a wide range of data rates to the end user. Consumer use first became popular through dial-up connections in the 1980s and 1990s. By the first decade of the 21st century many consumers had switched away from dial-up to dedicated connections, most Internet access products were being marketed using the term “broadband”, and broadband penetration was being treated as a key economic indicator.”
What are the Common Types of Broadband that are Available Today?
There are actually many types available worldwide, but below are the most common types of broadband connection:
1. DSL Broadband
- Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a technology which delivers broadband connections over conventional copper telephone lines that are already installed to offices and homes.
- DSL lets you to download web pages, graphics, text, video and music in real time.
- DSL broadband can be further categorized into two:
1. Asymmetric DSL (ADSL)
- With ADSL, the information is downloaded more quickly than it is uploaded.
- ADSL is typically the suitable option for homes and small businesses.
2. Symmetric DSL (SDSL)
- With SDSL, the downloading of information is about the same speed as its upload speed.
- SDSL is typically the suitable option for medium to large businesses that send huge volumes of information.
2. Cable Broadband
- This type of broadband connection is delivered to your computer by means of a cable.
- Cable companies are the ones that provide cable broadband Internet services.
3. Wireless Broadband
- This type of broadband connection is the suitable option if access to DSL or cable broadband is unavailable.
- Wireless broadband can be further categorized into two:
1. Fixed wireless broadband
- This type of broadband connection is delivered to your computer by means of radio signals instead of cables.
- This type of broadband connection is delivered to your computer by means of other technological devices such as portable modems, mobile phones, USB wireless modems, or other mobile devices.