Exploring broadband services availableto a sole trader working in the area of Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath
Theterm “broadband” commonly refers to a high-speed internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. http://www.broadband.gov/about_broadban d.html
DSL- Digital Subscriber Line, transmits data over traditional copper phone lines. Wireless- connects to the internet using a radio link to the service provider. USB Broadband- Portable broadband provided by mobile networks, connects your computer to the internet via USB. Satellite- a wireless broadband, which is useful for bringing internet access to remote areas as it relies on satellites in the sky. NGB- Next Generation Broadband is a new faster broadband that is up to 8Mb and uncongested, any time of the day.
Data rates of broadband are measured in bits per second (bps). Kbps- 1 kilobit per second = 1 thousand bits per second Mbps- 1 megabit per second = 1 million bits per second Gbps- 1 gigabit per second = 1 billion bits per second
Company Package Upload Speed Download Allowance Price per Installation Speed month FeeEircom Business Lite 512kpbs 8mb 10gb €20.65 None NGBEircom Business Lite 512kbps 8mb Unlimited €24.75 None Plus NGBDigiweb Value 8 2mpbs 8mb 8gb €39.95 €249 SatelliteVodafone Simply _ 24mb 15gb €31.99 None BroadbandVodafone Performance 21.6mb 10gb €24.99 (USB Modem) Plus Mobile Free
As a Sole Trader I have chosen Vodafone’s Mobile broadband package – Performance Plus. Reasons: I work alone so my internet only needs to serve one person at a time. At €24.99 for 10Gb of Broadband per month, the price is reasonable for a decent amount of internet. The Vodafone coverage in the area is strong, so there will be no connection difficulties. It is portable so it can be used both in the office, and while travelling.