What is Broadband?
Broadband is a high speed connection to the internet. Before broadband, internet access was achieved with ‘narrowband’ dial-up connections that were very slow by today’s standards. Broadband is much quicker and allows us to do more on the internet.
How fast is broadband?
What makes a connection fast enough to be called “broadband”? There is no standard definition, and what qualifies as a broadband service varies across the world.
SwiftTalk Limited have access to a wide variety of services with different levels of performance. Every home and business can get access to a fixed line connection of at least 2Mbps (megabits per second), but most can get speeds in excess of 66Mbps or to any capacity of your choice.
How does broadband work?
SwiftTalk Limited is an internet service provider (ISP) which supplies the service and equipment to get your home or business online.
Broadband is the name given to any fast, permanent internet connection. It can be delivered by cable, satellite, wireless, fibre optics and ADSL (the most popular way).
You need certain hardware to use ADSL broadband – a modem or router, and microfilters to remove the hiss of broadband from your telephone line. A router looks a bit like a modem but is really a self-contained little computer. It connects your network to the network used by your ISP (internet service provider).
ADSL comes from your local BT phone exchange via the old copper wires. An ISP will test and activate the line for you.
Your modem or router plugs into your phone socket, along with a microfilter (a small plastic box). Your computer needs to connect to the modem/router as well, either with wires or wirelessly.
ISPs usually supply a CD-Rom with software for setting up your connection.
Some Cable TV companies offer a cable internet connection via their existing wiring – as well as carrying their TV programmes, an internet connection is included as well. The speeds are comparable to ADSL, though cable is nowhere near as widely available.
Satellite broadband is still in its infancy and is set up using a satellite dish (as you would for satellite TV). Both a one-way (download only) and a two-way satellite internet connection are available. For very isolated rural areas, satellite can be the only broadband option – but adverse weather conditions can interrupt the service.
Fibre-optics are tiny wires that transmit pulses of light. Since light is the fastest thing in the universe, they’re much faster than electric ADSL cables. This means you can get internet speeds up to five times faster than the fastest ADSL connections.
Wireless broadband — or Wi-Fi — is a broadband connection to the internet that’s accessed without cables.
This is different from 3G or 4G mobile broadband, which uses mobile phone signals. With Wi-Fi, it’s only the connection between your computer and the router that is wireless, not the actual broadband connection itself.
Using the same principle as a cordless phone, a wireless router converts incoming signals and broadcasts them around an area. This signal is then picked up by wireless-enabled devices, such as laptops and tablets, giving them wireless broadband connectivity throughout the house.
What can I do with broadband internet?
A broadband connection will give you access to everything you can get from the internet: you will be able to set up and access your email; surf the web; use social networking programmes such as Facebook and auction sites like eBay; watch and listen to live television and radio, as well as download music, pictures and video; play games; do online banking – and a whole lot more.
What do I need to use broadband?
All you need to use broadband is a device which can connect to the internet and has software for accessing online services. This could be a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or games console, or any other device capable of connecting over wired or wireless networking.
If you want to know what machines will work with broadband, and how, visit guide to broadband compatibility.
How do I get broadband?
SwiftTalk Limited is an Internet Service provider which provides various types of broadband available for your home/ offices/ institution/ community/ churches etc. Just in case in are in doubt if we cover your location, not to worry SwiftTalk Limited covers nationwide in Nigeria.
SwiftTalk Limited will arrange for the service to be enabled (including an engineer visit, if work is required) and post the broadband router and any other equipment. On the day your broadband is enabled you simply need to power up the router and connect it to the broadband, then you’re ready to begin using high speed internet in your home/ office etc.
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