3 key types of Broadband Solutions

Posted by intersat on February 19th, 2021

Dialup modem systems have become a thing of the past as an increasing number of people are switching to broadband services. The speed of internet, as well as seamless connectivity provided by broadband is among its biggest attractions. The high bandwidth associated with the broadband facilitates fast data transfer in large volumes. Moreover, the charges involved in broadband connections are combatively much lesser than that of dial-up services.

Today, multiple types of broadband solutions are available as well, among which people can choose the option that meets their specific requirements.

  • Cable: Cable modem service allows operators to provide broadband using the same coaxial cables that are used for TV Broadcast Services.  Cable modems typically are external devices that have two connections, one to the cable wall outlet and the other to a computer. They offer transmission speeds of 1.5 mbps or more.  The transmission speeds may vary depending on the type of cable modem, cable network, and traffic load.
  • Fiber: Fiber optic technology tends to convert electrical signals carrying data to light, and sends light through transparent glass fibers. This system has the capacity to transmit data at speeds far exceeding current DSL or cable modem speeds by tens or even hundreds of Mbps. The actual internet speed enjoyed by a person through fiber optic technology would depend on multiple factors, such as how close to their computer does the service provider brings the fiber, how the service provider configures the service, and so on. The fiber providing the broadband service can also simultaneously deliver voice (VoIP) and video services, including video-on-demand.
  • Satellite: Much like satellites orbiting the earth provide necessary links for telephone and television services, they also have the capacity to provide broadband connectivity. Satellite broadband is a form of wireless internet services, and is renowned for being especially useful for providing smooth connectivity in remote or sparsely populated areas. Satellite broadband through VSAT is especially popular in African regions where it is not feasible to install fiber optics or cable lines. Details about such networks, as well as VSAT Engineer in Africa can easily be found on the web. Downstream and upstream speeds for satellite broadband depends on multiple factors,  such as the provider and service package purchased, the weather conditions, and the consumer’s line of sight to the orbiting satellite. Usually, a consumer can expect to enjoy a download speed of about 500 Kbps through broadband, which is several times faster than the download speed of dial-up Internet system.

Further details about the systems mentioned above can be found online.

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