Archive for the ‘P’ Category

Private DSL

June 27, 2007

With private DSL (or private ADSL)  you can link up other locations with your central office via the copper wire BT lines.

As far as the remote user is concerned, they are connected to the business network as if they were in the office. However they are not connecting with each other via the internet but via their private line. Private DSL lines are therefore more secure, as they transmit data without the risk associated with connecting via the public internet.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Quad Play

May 8, 2007

Quad Play refers to a bundle made up of four communications services: broadband, TV, and landline phone delivered over a single broadband connection, and mobile phone.  The trend among consumers is away from standalone broadband towards bundles made up of two, three or four communications services.

Currently the only UK broadband provider offering a quad play package is Virgin Media (a company made up of Virgin Net, NTL and Telewest).

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Packet

May 8, 2007

When any information moves across the internet – whether a webpage, file or email – this information is broken down into tiny packets of information. These packets can be sent via different routes to their destination – this is more eficient as it can make up for different bandwidths along the way.

A packet is made up of the header, which contains information about the packet; the payload, or data the packet is actually delivering; and the trailer, which marks the end of the packet and can also can check the packet has not been corrupted en route. The packet is moved along to its destination via routers. At the other end, the message is reassembled.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Triple Play

April 18, 2007

Triple Play refers to a bundle made up of three communications services, broadband, TV and phone, delivered over a single broadband connection.

As most internet bundles were initially composed of two services only (broadand and phone), the triple play bundle from cable comanies NTL and Telewest (now Virgin Media) was considered a real step forward. Virgin Media now also offers Quad Play.

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Broadband Provider

April 3, 2007

A broadband provider is an ISP (internet service provider) which offer broadband services over an internet connection. They may offer home or business broadband packages, or both.

Some broadband providers are small companies working in their local area only; others provide broadband to most of the UK. They may offer broadband via a phone line (either via BT’s own exchange equipment or via their own modern equipment put into BT exchanges – known as local loop unbundling); they may be cable broadband providers (Virgin Media or Wight Cable); or satellite broadband providers.

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Voice over IP – VoIP

April 3, 2007

Voice over IP (IP meaning internet protocol) is a term for transmitting voice as data over a network. That means making phone calls over the internet (or, for businesses, across a corporate network). VoIP is also known as Voice over Broadband, or Internet Telephony. The main benefit to VoIP is free or cheap calls to destinations all over the world.

Some VoIP packages simply require a microphone and speaker that you plug into your pc, and use with downloaded software (this software application is sometimes called a soft phone). The person you call will need the same software for you to enjoy free calls. Other packages come with separate handsets and other equipment. Some packages allow you to call standard phones, simply making use of cheap call charges via the web. VoIP packages are often offered by existing broadband providers, or you can go for a standalone package.

One of the main drawbacks of VoIP is that many packages do not allow emergency calls, and/or are dependent on the consumer’s power supply – so you would also need another method to make such calls, at any time or in the event of a power cut.

VoIP use is increasing fast – according to Ofcom, at the end of 2006 over 10% of adults said they were making calls over the internet, duble the rate at the end of 2005. Ofcom has announced that in June 2007 it is introducing a new regulatory code of practice for VoIP providers in the UK, to ensure they provide consumers with enough information about package capabilities.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Broadband Package

April 3, 2007

A broadband package is a broadband service offered by a broadband provider, or ISP. Advertised broadband packages my not be available in all areas. Information about a broadband package typically includes maximum download speed, maximum upload speed, price per month, download allowance, connection speed and minimum contract terms. There may also be special offers, eg a free modem, or extras, such as anti-virus software. Some providers also include details of the package contention ratio.

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