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What is ADSL broadband?


Skinttariffs wanted to help you in your search for the right broadband deal and in doing so, give you a bit of background to the history of broadband and to help you make sense of the broadband gargon.  Once you have read what is ADSL broadband? you can check out the latest ADSL broadband packages available and pick yourself the right cheap broadband deal for you.

ADSL broadband ADSL is an abbreviation of asymmetric digital subscriber line – which basically refers to broadband through a telephone line. 

Unlike dial-up, which uses the phone line to make a connection, ADSL broadband actually works alongside the frequencies used for voice telephone calling, therefore allowing you to continue to make phone calls while using the internet. It enables faster data transmission through a single connection, but allows users to download data and make voice calls at the same time.

The distinguishing factor of ADSL is that the flow of data is greater in one direction than it is in the other – hence the name ‘asymmetric’. This is why download speeds are far greater than upload speeds. Consequently, ADSL broadband is usually marketed towards passive internet customers who rely on downloads but have little emphasis on uploads. The top speeds for downloads are usually 8Mbps, and the top speeds for uploads are usually below 1Mbps.

ADSL broadband is widely available in the UK – with coverage accessible for more than 99% of the UK population. As such, the majority of homes in the UK have ADSL connections.

To make your ADSL broadband connection work effectively you will need an ADSL broadband modem and micro-filters. The micro-filters, which should be supplied by your internet service provider, prevent crackling on your phone line while you are using the internet. If you require more than one or two, they are usually available for just a few pounds.

ADSL broadband modem routers rely on an upgraded BT telephone line. You plug the ADSL router directly into the BT phone line and there is no need for a separate modem – the broadband internet connection is then pushed to all computers within your home and within the wireless range. The only times you can receive an ADSL connection without a BT phone line is through a process called local loop unbundling in which providers offer an ADSL service without using a BT exchange, thus allowing them to be more competitive with the prices and services they offer.

Though you will generally require a BT phone line to use ADSL broadband, there are many different providers offering competitive packages to choose from.  Now that you are fuly aware of ADSL broadbandwhy not check out the money saving broadband packages available from the Skinttariffs broadband retailers.  Our cheap broadband deals can have you online and surfing the high speed internet in no time at all. 



 


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