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ADSL: Short for asymmetric digital subscriber line, ADSL is a type of DSL broadband communications technology used for connecting to the Internet. ADSL allows more data to be sent over existing copper telephone lines (POTS), when compared to traditional modem lines. (Source: Webopedia)

Compare DSL, Leased Line and Ethernet – Internet Access Buyers Guide

Section: Research
This buyer's guide is for those that need help with deciding on the right business connectivity solution.    Choosing which type of dedicated internet access service is the best fit for your organisation depends upon your budget, your organisation’s connectivity and bandwidth needs, the type of network applications which are most typically used and the future plans of your organisation.    Traditional ...   read more

The Falling Costs of Wide Area Networks

Section: Research
Based on pricing data gathered from a selection of Service Providers, we survey what connectivity options are affordable for small and medium-sized businesses. In particular, we examine where wide area networks are today, in particular MPLS and its impact on Wide Area Network costs and based on historic trends, project where they are headed.   We argue that given current trends we are entering an era where sma ...   read more

Alternatives to BT leased lines

Section: Articles
A leased line is defined as a dedicated high-performance circuit leased by a common carrier between a customer and a service provider’s network. It is rented on an annual basis and usually carries voice and data or both. It can be used for internet access or for a private connection between two customer sites. Compared to other internet connectivity options such as DSL products, leased lines are relatively expensive but are supported by a ...   read more

What is the future for leased lines?

Section: Articles
A leased line is service contract between a provider and a customer, whereby the provider agrees to deliver a symmetric telecommunications line connecting two locations in exchange for a rent – hence the term ‘lease’. In the UK leased lines are sometimes referred to as 'Private Circuit' or 'Data Line'.   Leased lines are stated to be more suited for businesses that conduct business online and demand f ...   read more

Lords Criticise Gov Broadband Plans as Misguided

Section: News
Government plans to roll-out superfast broadband has been criticised by a Lords Peer Committee as focusing too much on speed and not enough on reach. The UK government wants the country to have the best superfast broadband services in Europe by the end of 2015. Currently, the UK does not "have a place on the podium”, according to the Lord’s report. At the mom ...   read more

Rural Broadband gets EU Approval

Section: News
The EU has approved the UK’s plans to roll out broadband to rural areas as part of a state-aided project. This means that councils can start to lay cable that will bring superfast speeds, although many are yet to choose a provider for the service. Whilst the EU have been dragging their feet on the subject, last week Culture secretary Maria Miller intervened last week to speed up the process. "Superfast broadband is essential to creating growth, jobs and prosperity and ...   read more

Superfast Broadband for Rural Areas Unlikely by 2015

Section: News
The Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) has said that it’s unlikely that the UK will have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by its target date of 2015, as around 15-20% of people living in rural areas are still unable to receive speeds of 2Mbps. The CLA has been lobbying for better broadband in rural areas for the past ten years and has today published a paper, read more