What are the Alternative Technologies to Connect to Internet

December 2016

While ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is the most widespread internet access technology, it does have some inconveniences. First of all, ADSL broadband technology can only be deployed over telephone lines and furthermore the connection speed is distance-sensitive. The further the distance between the ADSL modem and the ISP's exchange (connection point to the high speed internet), the slower your connection speed will be. If you are experiencing anything below 5 mbps with your ADSL, then you might as well switch to an alternative technology.

But what are the different Internet access technologies that exist besides ADSL?


Satellite Internet Access

This method implies connecting to the Internet through a line of sight connection with a geostationary satellite. Satellite internet access gives you access to connection speeds ranging from 20 to 50 Mbps. The main drawback of using satellite internet access is the high PING (computer-server latency), making this type of connection inappropriate for to online games or VOIP (Skype, Viber...). Furthermore the data volume is often limited (10 to 15 GB) and the acquisition or rental of the required equipment (satellite dish) is often expensive).

3G / H +

In some situations, a 3G / H + can be faster a conventional ADSL connection. The ping is acceptable, thus allowing you to play online and communicated via VOIP. You can connect to the Internet by subscribing to a data plan with your mobile operator (available on your smartphone or through a 3G USB dongle). One of the major inconveniences of this technology is that the data volume is often limited. Going above the limitations will generate extra costs.

Cable Internet Access

This technology makes use of the cable television infrastructure to connect users to broadband internet at speeds ranging from 250 to 400 mbps. Besides high speed internet connectivity, users can also enjoy other services such as cable TV and telephony.

4G / 4G +

The main characteristic of the 4G / 4G + technology is its low latency and high connection rates (up to 100mbps). To connect to the internet using this method, you will require a 4G compatible smartphone. 4G / 4G + suffers from almost the same drawbacks as 3G / H + technology, namely the limited data volume and the expensive price.

Learn more: 4G - High-speed mobile broadband

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