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Fiber optic and its broadband types

Broadband refers to a group of high capacity transmission systems that enable the transfer of amounts of data, audio and video, over distances at fast speeds. Transmission media such as cables, fiber optic cables and radio waves are commonly used in broadband technology.

Broadband has largely replaced dial up due to its connectivity. It enables applications like teleconferencing, data transfer and high quality access to information in fields like medicine, education and technology.

There are six categories of broadband technology

  1. DSL Digital Subscriber Line, dskl utilizes the existing copper phone lines in homes and businesses to deliver data. It offers internet speeds ranging from hundred kilobits per second to millions of bytes per second (Mbps).
  2. ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line). dsl (Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line); These are the two forms of DSL technology. ADSL is ideal for users who consume data than they upload. It caters to activities such, as online shopping, video streaming and gaming conducted by users.

In cases ADSL provides download speeds, than upload speeds due to user preferences.

On the hand corporations often opt for SDSL when they require data transfer rates. Companies that rely on data volumes like for videoconferencing have internet demands compared to an average household.

With a cable modem you can use the lines as your TV signal to send and receive data. External devices called cable modems can achieve speeds of 1.5 Mbps or even higher. The speed you experience depends on your cable providers service, the capability of your cable modem and the level of internet traffic you encounter.

Fiber optic broadband utilizes fiber optic technology to convert impulses into signals. Data is transmitted through these signals over a glass fiber network. Compared to dial up (DSL) or cable modems fiber optics can significantly boost download speeds by tens or hundreds of megabits per second.

Fiber optic connections offer an alternative to cable connections, for transmitting both voice and video data.
Access, to fiber optic internet is currently limited due to efforts by businesses to expand their fiber networks.

Wireless internet

Broadband wireless can be either mobile or fixed. Relies on radio signals to transmit data between the service providers network and the users location. Remote areas without access to DSL, cable or fiber may benefit from technology as it allows for long distance communication. Similar to DSL and cable wireless internet can offer high speed download and upload rates.

Satellite broadband Starlink

Satellite broadband operates similarly to broadband. Utilizes satellites in Earths orbit instead of radio waves. Several IT companies aim to provide internet access recognizing satellite broadband as a solution for reaching underserved areas. Satellite broadband typically offers download speeds ranging from 500 to 800 megabits per second (Mbps) for both downloading and uploading data.

Internet connectivity via electricity lines

BPL is a data transmission method that utilizes existing powerlines to deliver speeds to DSL and cable connections. This emerging technology is currently being implemented in locations.
The widespread interest, in this technology is primarily due to its ability to utilize existing powerlines of necessitating the construction of new infrastructure, for each internet user.

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