The A in ADSL

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | October 20th, 2014

So what does ADSL actually stand for? ADSL is a shortened version of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. The most important aspect of that is the term asymmetric.

In a nutshell this means that the rate that information is delivered to you from the Internet, is different from the rate at which you send information back to the Internet. In many cases the rate down can be 20 times faster than the upload speeds. For the average home Internet user this speed difference is fine because they consume far more than they compose but the story can be very different when it comes to business usage.

As more and more business information moves to using the Cloud, the speed up to the Internet becomes just as important as the speed down from the Internet. As an example, let’s say your business has ADSL with a down speed of 20Mb/s and an up speed of 1Mb/s. That may seem adequate but remember that 1Mb/s has to be shared by all users in your business. If the majority of the information needs to be ‘pulled’ from the Internet and then ‘pushed’ back, then, on average, each user is only going to be able to use 1Mb/s divided by say 10 employees (i.e. 0.1Mb/s), which isn’t very much is it?

That’s why many businesses are investing in symmetric internet services, in essence the same down speed as up speed. Symmetric services are traditionally a ‘business-grade’ connection which means less contention (other businesses sharing the same access in your area), better support and generally more consistent speeds. ADSL of course performs adequately for many businesses but as more systems are migrated to the cloud they find ADSL can no longer meet their needs and a symmetric service may be necessary.

Correct Solutions is able to review your broadband connection needs and recommend the most cost effective solution for your business. All you need to do to take advantage of this free service is contact us on (02) 8831 8200.

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