There are only a few different types of broadband connection. And it's usually not hard to choose which type to go for - your choice will probably depend mostly on where you live.
Rule of Thumb: Odds are that you'll choose an ADSL connection for broadband as it's widely available and easy to set up. Cable might be another option if it's available in your area. Which begs the question: ADSL or Cable? The truth is, one isn't better than another and it really depends more on where you live and how good the provider is.
The main types of broadband Internet connection are:
ADSL - Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
ADSL coverage is available to around 30% of India's population across all the main cities. As such, it is the most likely choice unless you happen to live somewhere very remote, or in an area where cable is available.
ADSL broadband is delivered through your existing telephone line, using a special modem or router. There is no need to have an additional telephone line installed and you will be still be able to make and receive calls whilst surfing the web.
When you have an ADSL connection it is necessary to fit small devices called microfilters to all your telephone sockets. You need to plug them in to prevent the ADSL signal from interfering with your voice calls. Although you must have a telephone line, there are many ADSL Internet providers to choose from, each offering a selection of different deals.
If you already have cable TV, or if you live in an area served by a cable operator, then a broadband cable internet connection may be an option for you. A cable internet connection requires a special modem, which is connected to your cable along with your cable TV box (if you have one). Most cable companies offer packages that include telephone and TV channels as well as a broadband Internet connection.
Wireless is an emerging technology that will soon match and overtake the popularity of other current broadband types. Connecting to the internet can be made almost anywhere by accessing 'Hotspots' which are hosted in various locations, so you don't need a telephone or cable line. Wireless technology is similar to cellular phone, as it adopts a similar methods of transmitting data via radio waves. The convenience of a cordless environment together with the freedom of mobility makes broadband wireless very appealing.
Mobile Broadband
Mobile broadband uses mobile phone networks to provide the service. This effectively means that you can use mobile broadband anywhere that you can get a mobile phone signal. This is done through the use of a USB modem small enough to carry around with you. Your USB modem will allow you to then access the internet via 3G mobile technology whether you are on the go or at home. The modem simply plugs in to the USB socket on your laptop or desktop so you can be online in seconds.
Satellite is generally seen as a last resort for people who live in remote areas and cannot receive any other form of broadband internet. It is available throughout India and requires the installation of a special satellite dish. There are two types of satellite connection.
The first type is a one-way connection, where you will be able to receive data (view web pages), but can only send data (if for example you want to send an email) by using a dial-up modem through a telephone line.
Two-way services, where data is both sent and received through the satellite dish, are also available, although these tend to be quite expensive to install - with an additional monthly subscription.
Whether you choose a cable, ADSL or wireless broadband provider, you can rest assured that your new broadband service will allow you to access a huge variety of information 24 hours a day, keep in contact with friends and colleagues, and download as many songs, video clips and images as you can handle. For more on the benefits of broadband, read our article, Do I need broadband?
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