Guide to UK Broadband Providers
Broadband, or ADSL, provides a dedicated, high-speed Internet connection over your existing phone line without ever having to dial. You can even use your phone to make regular telephone calls while you're on the Internet. When you switch on your computer you are instantly on the internet. No more waiting to dial and connect (and no more engaged tones) - your web browser is always ready to go and your email is always instantly available.
ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. This is a high-speed telephone service, at least 10 times faster than a 56K modem. You add ADSL service to an existing analog phone line in much the same way you add other services like Call Waiting. This service allows you to use your standard phone line for calls and at the same time have a high speed connection to the Internet. The upstream (from you to the internet) speed of ADSL is less than the downstream (to you) speeds. For Internet use this is fine as you are typically sending a small request upstream and pulling lots of information downstream.
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