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, when compared to traditional modem lines. A special filter, called a microfilter, is installed on a subscriber’s telephone line to allow both ADSL and regular voice (telephone) services to be used at the same time. ADSL requires a special ADSL modem and subscribers must be in close geographical locations to the provider’s central office to receive ADSL service.
ADSL+2 is an extension to ADSL that provides subscribers with significantly faster download speeds when compared to traditional ADSL connections. ADSL+2 works in the same fashion as ADSL a special filter is installed on a subscriber’s telephone line to split existing copper telephone lines between regular telephone (voice) and ADSL+2. ADSL2+ service is most commonly offered in highly-populated areas and subscribers must be in close geographical locations to the provider’s central office to receive ADSL2+ service.
Also known as Superfast fibre broadband, Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) is the next generation of broadband services. It uses fibre optic cables to provide much higher speeds, both in upload and download. Businesses who can envisage the benefits of Cloud Computing and Cloud Telephony can now really benefit from the cost savings and flexibility of this channel of communicating. The nature of the Cloud also allows for extensive storage for data and greater collaboration. FTTC is the ideal solution for small to medium sized businesses that require this fast connection but do not have the resources for leased lines or dedicated circuits.