ADSL stands for asymmetric digital subscriber line – which refers to broadband through a telephone line.
Unlike dial-up, which uses the phone line to make a connection, ADSL 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 8Mb, and the top speeds for uploads are usually below 1Mb.
Benefits of Broadband
- Download web pages and emails faster.
- Enjoy music and video in real-time.
- Fast, reliable, always-on connection.
- Fixed monthly cost, no surprises.
How do the ADSL offerings differ from Wireless?
ADSL: Telkom’s broadband offering is fixed line-based and is therefore reliant on a landline, as are their standard telephone lines and dedicated ISDN lines. Whilst it is true broadband, the deployment is slow due to the need to install an ADSL line. Contracts can be capped (per MB) or can be unlimited. Telkom provides the ADSL line to the Internet and and Mitsol provides the Internet Access.
Wireless: Mitsol’s Resinet Broadband Internet access is delivered via an Ethernet connection, making it simple for you to connect directly to your LAN. Bandwidth can be purchased either as a Capped service or as PrePaid. Installation of your services in a matter of days – or upgrade your bandwidth in a matter of hours.
Resinet Broadband Wireless
As a DSL replacement the Mitsol Resinet broadband offering is fast and cost effective. The technology used is a industry leader in providing reliable networks that scale from small deployments to region wide deployments with tens of thousands of subscribers. The technology has been proven around the world to be interference tolerant and provide consistent low latency for sensitive video and voice applications, making the technology ideal for last mile connectivity.