What is ADSL broadband and how does it work?

ADSL is an abbreviation of asymmetric digital subscriber line – which basically refers to broadband through a telephone line. A characteristic of an ADSL connection is that the movement of data is greater in one direction than it is in the other – hence the name ‘asymmetric’. Typically download speeds are considerably greater than upload speeds. As a consequence, ADSL broadband is usually marketed towards standard Internet customers who rely on downloads but have little need for large or constant uploads. ADSL broadband is widely available in the UK – with 99% coverage.



Range of speeds

The speed of your ADSL connection can vary depending on your location. Much like your home broadband you will be connected to the Internet directly via a local exchange. Upload speeds are considerably lower than download speeds and as such we cannot offer a guaranteed speed but typically we expect a rural setting to experience up to 5Mbps download and up to 0.8Mbps upload speed. In a town or urban environment speeds are expected to achieve up to 19.5Mbps download and up to 1.5Mbps for upload.

Who is this service type ideal for?

Single ADSL solutions are well suited to small businesses or institutions with a very limited I.T. budget as they are widely available which often means there will be minimal, if any, extra requirement to route additional cabling to your site.