In the UK, ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) broadband is the most popular type of service for consumers who wish to have a stable internet connection. ADSL is available in most areas and there are different internet service providers who offer this service. This type of internet connection service offers a reliable, good quality connection, however, the distance of your home from the exchange can affect the speed of the service you receive.
This service is provided using telephone lines. Since BT owns the landline infrastructure in the UK, you will be required to rent the phone line from them in order for you to get an ADSL connection. In the event that you already have a telephone line installed at your home, all you have to do is have the broadband added to your deal. You cannot get ADSL broadband without a phone line.
Other providers have been offered the right to sell ADSL packages through a specific process, which is known as LLU (local loop unbundling). All this means is that the secondary provider installs their own software in BT’s telephone exchanges and they have to pay BT for exchange and line space rental.
How does it Work?
The technology required for this service has already been set up, so there is no need to wait for cabling to be installed. The service is available across the UK.
The service is transmitted via the telephone line network and directly into your home and this simplicity is what makes it so popular and the fact that it is relatively easy to obtain the service.
The installation process is simple too. All that is required once the installation is done is to install a micro-filter to your telephone line connection to separate the telephone frequency on your line from that of the broadband connection. This is the facility that allows you to connect to the internet whilst being able to make a telephone call.
The service is operated through the copper wires which are on your existing telephone line.
Installation and Options
The popularity of ADSL is due to the ease of installation that it offers. All you have to do is find an internet service provider to provide you with the service. If you do not have a landline, all you have to do is make application to BT or another service provider for both the line and the ADSL connection. An installation date will be agreed upon with you and you may require an engineer visit to allow for the installation of the service.
The engineer will attach the micro-filter to your telephone line to separate the frequencies available for the telephone and the broadband connection. Normally you will be offered a router as part of the package, but some users prefer to obtain their own router if they prefer a different brand or model to the ones normally provided. It is possible to obtain a wireless router which will allow you to use the broadband connection available anywhere in your home.
The wireless service makes it easier if there are several people in the residence who would like to use the service at the same time. It gives you the opportunity to use different devices to connect to the internet at the same time.
Once you have made the decision to obtain this service, it is important that you do some research to see which options are available to you. You should make sure that the speed of the connection and the data allowance that you receive will be suitable for your requirements.
ADSL Alternatives and Broadband Without a Phone Line
If you do not use a landline at the moment and see no future use for it, why should you pay for line rental? You do not have to choose the line rental and ADSL if this is your situation as there are other available broadband options for you to choose from. The other options available are where you can get broadband without a phone line:
Cable broadband which is provided by the use of fibre-optic cables.
Mobile broadband which makes use of the mobile phone signal.
Unlike broadband connections that make use of mobile networks or telephone line, cable broadband makes use of special types of cable that are installed underground. The signals are able to move much faster along these cables than they do along the copper cables that are used for telephone line broadband connections. This has made it possible for internet service providers to offer a faster, more reliable internet connection.
Virgin Media is the forerunner in this cabling technology and their service is offered in most parts of the UK. BT has followed suit and also offers this service. Unfortunately, the cable service is generally available only in urban areas.
Mobile broadband is an exciting and wonderful method of accessing the internet while you are on the move. It allows you to make use of all the internet services you obtain from your home broadband, except that you can do this whilst away from home. If you are on the move a lot, such as on the train, you will be able to access the internet, send and receive emails and may even be able to watch videos and listen to music whilst travelling.
This service is ideal for those consumers who require a connection for business purposes too. If you are away from your office, you can keep in touch with your business associates whilst you are travelling, and you do not have to use your tiny mobile phone to do this. You can attach a dongle to your tablet, netbook or laptop and access the internet.
This service is accessed by using the 3G mobile phone network that is operated by 3 Mobile, Orange, Virgin Media, Vodafone and T-Mobile. A newer, faster connection called 4G is becoming available and is obtainable from EE. The 4G service is not available everywhere in the UK, but if you contact your service provider you will be able to find out if it is available in your area.