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Forms of Connectivity



From landline cable technologies to fibre optic networks –  understanding the diverse landscape of connectivity options


In today’s interconnected world, where data is the lifeblood of communication and productivity, various types of connectivity technologies have emerged to meet our diverse needs. These technologies play a pivotal role in how we access the internet, share information, and communicate with one another. From traditional wired connections to cutting-edge fibre-optic networks, our options for connectivity have expanded dramatically, offering a range of speeds, reliability, and applications.

But in what way do the various connectivity options differ from each other? What is hidden behind terms like ADSL, Cable TV (Antenne), and Fibre? In this overview, we will explore the complex landscape of connectivity options available today, each contributing to the intricate web of our digital lives.

Whether you’re at home, in the office, or on the go, understanding these connectivity options can help you make informed choices about how you stay connected in the modern world.

Different types of connectivity at a glance

ASDL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)

ADSL is like a special pathway for your internet signal to travel over your existing fixed landline. The “asymmetric” part means that you can download things (like web pages and videos) much faster than you can upload (like sending emails or pictures). That’s why ADSL is often used for residential internet connections, where the focus is on downloading content (e.g., web pages, videos) more than uploading.

Coaxial - Cable TV (Antenne)

Coaxial cable, originally used for cable TV, is also used for high-speed internet connections. It consists of a copper core surrounded by insulation and shielding. In simple terms: picture it as a sturdy, wide pipe for sending data. This pipe can handle a large amount of data traveling in both directions simultaneously, making it suitable for both fast downloads and uploads.

Fibre to the Home (FTTH)

Fibre optic is like a super-fast data highway made of tiny glass or plastic threads that transmit data using light. Think of it as information traveling at the speed of light through hair-thin cables. Fibre optics are used for ultra-fast internet connections and are great for streaming and online gaming.

In summary, the upgrade from ADSL towards Cable TV or Fibre Optics depends on factors like eligibility, required speed, distance, and specific use cases. Fibre-to-the-Home and Cable TV, supported by the European strategy, offer high-speed, long-distance and future-proof connectivity; whereas ADSL, whose speed gradually drops with distance, is becoming obsolete.

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