Posts Tagged ‘broadband’

Traffic Shaping

October 29, 2007

Traffic shaping is the process whereby broadband providers and ISPs limit traffic, usually at particularly busy times of day, in order to ensure the efficient use of available bandwidth.

This can be in order to provide an acceptable level of service for all users, or to prioritise some types of traffic over the network (eg business traffic, or VoIP).

Most broadband packages come with a download allowance, and even unlimited download allowances will – in nearly all cases – have a fair use policy which prevents particularly heavy internet users from using so much bandwidth that other people’s internet connections are affected. Traffic shaping may involve the invoking of these policies for very heavy bandwidth users.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Next generation access – NGA

September 28, 2007

Next generation access (NGA) broadband networks take broadband to the next level – offering much faster download speeds via increased fibre optic cabling, cable network upgrades or even copper wire upgrades.

The drawback is that for the UK to benefit from NGA broadband networks, telecoms companies will have to make massive investments in their networks, over several years. However without such developments, the UK will increasing lag behind its neighbours when it comes to broadband and online developments.

Some other countries have already made huge strides in developing NGA broadband networks, particularly using fibre optic. Some can now offer broadband speeds of 100Mb or more.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Livebox

September 26, 2007

A Livebox is a broadband wireless router specific to Orange Broadband. It connects up to six computers wirelessly. Users can also plug in a phone and make telephone calls via the internet, and plug in an Xbox or PlayStation 2 to play online.

Liveboxes are included with the Orange Broadband packages Home Max and Home Select.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Flat rate

September 10, 2007

Broadband packages are charged for via a monthly flat rate (or fixed amount), regardless of usage, as long as you stay within your monthly download allowance.

Dial-up packages can be sold as either flat rate, or pay as you go.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Convergence

July 26, 2007

Convergence simply means the coming together of two different things. In the IT and telecommunications sectors, it usually means two or more different technologies meeting in one device. An example might be a mobile phone with web surfing capabilities. The delivery of broadband, voice and video over one line is commonly held to be the prime example of technological convergence.

Convergence can be a useful way of bringing more complex technologies to users by allowing them to access the technology via another technology they are already familiar with. The growing trend for using TVs for browsing online, or for viewing programmes downloaded from the internet, is an example of this.

Businesses are, not surprisingly, often drawn to the cost savings convergence brings.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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