The wonders of Broadband Internet
If you were among the early users of an internet connection in the 90's, you will definitely remember using a dial-up modem. The sound of the modem attempting to connect to the phone line most probably rings in your ears at its mention. The very act of connecting to the internet used to be such a gargantuan task.
One would probably try at least five to ten times before you could connect to the Internet. Even after logging in, you could even go and make a cup of tea before a web page could load. And even if the connection speed was decent, just one phone call could cause you to be disconnected from the internet.
But who would have thought then that an Internet connection would be as simple as turning on your computer or handheld device! With the introduction of broadband Internet, it has become so easy to connect to the Internet.
Broadband internet access, which can be shortened to just 'broadband' is a high rate data connection to the internet. Typical dial-up modems were limited to a bit rate of less that 56kbit/sec and required the dedicated use of a telephone line. Broadband technologies in comparison supply double the rate of dial-ups and have no connection to telephone lines.
With regards to telecommunications, broadband refers to a signalling method that includes or handles a relatively wide range of frequencies. These frequencies can be divided into channels or ranges of frequencies. The term is always relative, and usually used within the context. The capacity of a broadband channel for transmitting data is decided by the bandwidth.
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber line) and cable internet are the standard technology utilized for broadband. There are newer technologies that include VDSL (Very high speed Digital Subscriber line) and pushing fiber optical connections closer to subscribers in cable plants as well as telephones.
Fiber optic communication is a key player in enabling access to broadband Internet. This makes the information transfer over long distances more cost effective than copper wire technology.
In areas where broadband cable or DSL is not in use, Wi-Fi is installed for community use. A number of municipalities have established municipal Wi-Fi networks to serve the entire city. Wi-Fi is used on a smaller scale to provide Internet access in offices and even for personal use at home.
Mobile broadband has become more and more popular with the massive inflow of Smartphones into the market. Since most of these smartphones are Wi-Fi enabled, a number of public places like shopping malls allow their customers to access their networks. Cafes and restaurants also offer Wi-Fi at a certain price or for free to its customers.
There are many service providers that offer very good plans packages to broadband. These include plans for business and home use.