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what is broadband?
Broadband is a technology designed for regular phone
lines. Today, broadband's primary use is for high-speed
Internet connections. But broadband has the potential
to deliver video conferencing, television, video-on-demand,
and other "cutting-edge" services.
What are the
benefits of broadband?
As well as the speed factor, broadband is much more
convenient than a dialup modem. Broadband routers are
always connected to the network, meaning there is no
"dial-up" involved, and you no longer pay
a telephone call every time you use the Internet. Additionally,
broadband routers share a normal telephone line - you
don't need a separate line for the router. When you
evaluate the cost of broadband, remember to consider
the savings on line rental and telephone calls compared
to an older-style modem. And consider the convenience
of having the Internet always at your fingertips - with
no waiting 60 seconds for the old 33K or 56K modem to
How fast is broadband?
Much faster: Internet offers broadband connections
from 256K to 6000K, around 200 times faster than
an ordinary 33K modem.
Does broadband require
a special phone line?
No, the vast majority of phone lines are suitable
for broadband modems. Broadband splits the phone
line into two frequency ranges. Generally, the
frequencies below 4 kHz are used for voice, whilst
the range above 4 kHz is used for data. This allows
the telephone to be used at the same time as the
available Australia Wide?
The broadband network roll-out in Australia commenced
around 12 months ago. Broadband will be installed in
hundreds of telephone exchanges across Australia; the
entire process will take a few years to complete. Many
areas are already broadband equipped.
How is broadband
different to cable modems?
The term "cable modem" is typically associated
with Internet services delivered over Hybrid-Fibre-Coaxial
networks, typically the same as used for Pay TV. Broadband
is very different - we think it's vastly superior to
cable modem technology. Here are some reasons:
- Broadband uses ordinary "copper
pairs", the same as ordinary telephones. That
means almost every household or business with a telephone
line has the potential to use broadband. The "cable
network", on the other hand, is available in
a limited area only. Many households and businesses
cannot access the cable network, and further, restrictions
commonly apply to residents of flats and units.
- The cable network is a "shared"
network. This has implications for the speed and security
of an Internet service. For example, only a limited
amount of bandwidth is available per cable neighbourhood.
In general, the more people using cable Internet,
the slower it becomes. Some users of cable networks
overseas have reported transfer speeds worse than
a 33K modem during busy times. In contrast, broadband
is a dedicated connection between the customer and
the broadband exchange ("DSLAM").
- Competition amongst cable networks
is extremely limited - they are controlled by a small
number of powerful companies. The broadband network
is open to competition, and as such, consumers are
likely to reap the benefit of lower prices and better
- Broadband is much better suited to
business and corporate users. Broadband supports static
IP addresses and network routing, unlike most cable
Internet services. Broadband makes Virtual Private
Networks affordable to many organisations for the
first time. Branch offices can be linked at minimal
cost. Using VPN software, staff with broadband at
home can login to the office network - at incredibly
What type of
computer do I need?
Almost all computers (less than 3-4 years old) are suitable
for broadband. Internet supports both the Windows
and Macintosh operating systems. Software is also available
for Linux and other systems.
What level of
computer skill do I need?
Internet manages the entire broadband installation
for you. Installation of the broadband router and software
at your premises is standard. Your web browser and e-mail
will continue to operate like usual, although alot faster!
Can I share
the broadband router?
Yes that is possible. Please advise us at the time of
ordering your Internet broadband service if you
would like installation on multiple computers (additional
charges may apply).
How can Internet help my business?
We are highly experienced in broadband. Please contact
us for advice and pricing. Our aim is to listen to your
requirements, and provide a solution to match. Broadband
offers many exciting possibilities for all organisations,
large and small.
What is the
difference between ISDN and broadband?
ISDN is a digital service supporting speeds of 64K and
128K in its basic configuration. Broadband is many times
faster than ISDN, and for most Internet-related applications,
broadband is a better choice. Broadband is also significantly
cheaper than ISDN.