Broadband Internet: What it means and how it works

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Broadband is the internet connection that allows the user to browse at high speed. The difference between dial-up and broadband is the connection speed. Dial-up access has a speed of up to 56 Kbps while broadband has a minimum speed of 128 Kbps.

The arrival of broadband internet is revolutionizing online activities everywhere: at home, in businesses, in entertainment and services. 

Broadband Internet: what does this concept mean?

After all, what does Broadband Internet mean? This is the name given to any fast and permanent connection to the Internet. It can be delivered by cable, satellite, cellular, fiber optic and ADSL (the most popular way).

It allows users to download files online, watch videos on streaming platforms, listen to music or radio online, make calls, send emails, upload files to the cloud, among other things, more quickly and effectively.

Before broadband internet, access to the internet was achieved through narrowband dial-up ( dial-up ) connections, which are very slow by current standards.

Dial-up connections were capable of offering a speed of just 56 kilobites per second (Kbps) over an analog signal, which limited file transfer. 

This is because in the dial-up connection, the data was transported by a single band, which was in charge of downloading and uploading files to the network, in addition to making calls. In broadband internet, on the other hand, each band has a specific function.

The difference between dial-up and broadband access is similar to the difference between a rural lane and a highway. Replace a band with separate bands for upload, download and voice – and you speed up traffic multiple times. Instead of a narrow band, you get a wider band – hence broadband.

When did broadband internet appear in Malaysia?

TM unifi internet appeared in Malaysia for the first time in the 2000s. The service’s success was enormous among home users and companies and, in 2001, IG started offering fixed broadband internet services in a partnership with telephone operators, charging a monthly fee for the internet signal instead of paying for the connected time .

From then on, the competition had to enter the game and increasingly improve the delivery of the internet signal. 

Currently, most internet service providers work with broadband internet services, maintaining the dial-up signal only in rural areas or remote communities, where the service is still unavailable.

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