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- Toucan offer a range of services including unlimited 8MB broadband from £14.99 / month, including free weekend calls to UK landlines.

Guide to Broadband

What is Broadband and what are its benefits?

Broadband is the method of sending data at high speeds over an internet connection. Popular broadband connection mechanisms are called ADSL and cable. There are also options such as Megapath business ethernet which are much faster than your traditional broadband connections. ADSL and cable connections are much faster than connections over a standard phone line, which allows you to surf more quickly and download large files faster. Broadband connections are currently between about 10 and 80 times as fast as a dial up connection.

The fastest theoretical speed from a dialup connection is 56.6 kbps (kilo bits per second) - the slowest of the current broadband connections is about 512 kbps with some providers offering speeds of up to 8 Mbps (mega bits per second - 1 Mbps = 1000 kbps). It should be noted that the theoretical maximum speeds will only be achieved by those who live close to a broadband enabled telephone exchange.

A broadband connection is always on - you do not need to dial up and you can use your phone line whilst connected.

You are charged a flat rate fee for your connection. However, if you are a heavy downloader you should pay attention to any download limit imposed by the ISP (Internet Service Provider). Some ISP's offer uncapped connections, which mean you can download as much as you want to. If you are a heavy downloader you will be more satisfied by an uncapped connection.

Are there different types of broadband connection?

The two main options are ADSL - Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and Cable.

ADSL is the technology which was developed to enable high speed connections over the existing copper wire phone lines. In order to receive this, you will need to be connected to a broadband enabled telephone exchange, have your telephone connection point modified and get an ADSL modem.

Some areas are cabled for television and telephone services. In these areas you may also be able to get a cable internet connection, and you will need to get a cable modem.

There are two other less common options available, which are:

  • Wireless. An aerial on the outside of your home sends the data to the connection point inside. This service is available in some areas of the UK.
  • Satellite is universally available in the UK, and if you live in a remote area it may be your only option for a high speed connection. However, it is expensive to install, and a full two way connection (for download and upload) currently has a higher monthly cost. One way (download only) connections are cheaper, but you have to use a dial up connection in tandem in order to upload data.
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- Onspeed speeds up yout dial-up connection and is the alternative to a high speed ADSL or cable connection. It will make a dial up connection approximately five times faster (300 kb/s). It uses a new technology that compresses data and can be used on a PC, Mac or pocket PC. It works with every internet connection in every country and costs from £1.99 / month. It is recommended by many UK computer magazines.


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