BROADBAND INTERNET IN THEDUN LAOGHAIRE AREABy Edward BrophyDL242 Year 4
WHAT’S THE SITUATION?I want to start up an small business in my locality, a vital part of which is my internet access. It must be speedy, reliable and cost effective, so what are my options?
GLOSSARY OF KEY DEFINITIONS MODEM – A device that modulates and demodulates an analog carrier signal to encode digital information. Mb – Unit for measuring information, 1 million bytes. Gb – Unit denoting 1 billion bytes.
DISTRIBUTION METHODSWired Broadband (A)DSL – Digital Subscriber Line: Internet connectivity is delivered on high frequency telephone line, the signal is then filtered between the phone and modem.Pros and Cons:Pro: Greatest infrastructure, majority ofbuildings have copper wire already installed.Con: It’s wired! Peaks at about 20mbps.
DISTRIBUTION METHODSFibre Optic / Cable Currently at speeds of 100Mbps. Google are currently developing 1Gbps fibre wire broadband.Pros and Cons:Pro: Ultra fast download speeds.Con: Majority of buildings have no fibre opticcables installed.
DISTRIBUTION METHODSWireless – WiMax and Wi-Fi Current peak at approx 70mbps. Can cover a radius of 50km.Pros and Cons:Pro: Wireless, from provider, not just frommodem.Con: Can offer high speed over short distanceor low speed over long distance but not both.
DISTRIBUTION METHODSSatellite Expected to be capable of 1.2gbps speeds by 2015 with the planned COMMStellation.Pros and Cons:Pro: Global access.Con: Subject to weather conditions.
WHO ARE THE MAJOR PROVIDERS?Majors Minors UPC O2 Vodaphone BT Imagine Magnet IrishBroadband UTV Internet Eircom Digiweb Onwave
SO, WHO CAN GIVE ME ACCESS?The providers to the greaterDun Laoghaire are:1. Eircom2. Digiweb3. UPC4. Vodaphone5. Imagine6. Onwave
WHAT MEANS DO THEY USE?WIRED:DSL1. Eircom2. Digiweb3. Vodafone
WHAT MEANS DO THEY USE?FIBRE OPTIC CABLE:1. UPC
WHAT MEANS DO THEY USE?WIRELESS:1. Imagine2. Digiweb
WHAT MEANS DO THEY USE?SATELLITE:1. Digiweb2. Onwave
WHO DO I GO WITH? A ROUNDUP OF THEBEST OFFERS.Ihave decided that I want high speed access at an affordable price without compromising on quality. I also want to take care of my home phone needs at the same time and preferably have no download cap. So given that criteria, what offers/bundles will I consider?
Vodafone “Ideal + Talk Off-Digiweb “Talk Xtra” peak”Features: 8mb speed Features: FreeDSL, free calls to Irish installation, 8mb speed,and UK landlines and unlimited off-peak calls tomobiles. Irish landlines, 200 off-Costs: Free connection, peak mins on weekdays€59.95 monthly. Total to Vodafone mobiles.€59.95. Costs: €48 monthly.Constraints: ‘fair use’ Constraints: Contract1,500 phone mins per duration 1 year, 300gbmonth, 150gb cap. cap
THE DECISION Onwave „Ten +‟ has phone included, but the 25gb data transfer limit is a big draw back. It is also the most costly installation and monthly option. UPC „Fibre Power 50Mb‟ boasts an impressive 50mb speed and (officially) no data transfer limit. It also includes phone services and the website has confirmed that it is available in my locality.
THE DECISION Digiweb „Talk Xtra‟ has free installation and a monthly cost of €59.95, making it one of the more affordable options. It also has an acceptable data transfer limit of 150gb. It is, however, joint slowest in terms of download speed at 8mb. Vodafone „Ideal + Talk Off-peak‟ is also limited to 8mb. The €48 monthly fee makes it the cheapest option, however, there is a 1 year contract with this option.
THE FINAL DECISIONAfter weighing the options in front of me, Ihave come to the decision that my youngbusiness will be using UPC as our internetprovider.It is only second best in terms of cost but itoffers unrivalled speeds and given thedemand for improving fibre opticinfrastructure, this seems like a choice thatcould well prove its worth in the long run.
REFERENCESPrice comparisons, retrieved 20th Oct 2011 from,http://www.bonkers.ie/compare-broadband/dublin-county/broadband-in-dun-laoghaire/Onwave, Packages, retrieved 20th Oct 2011 from,http://www.onwave.ie/packages/broadbandUPC, Fibre Power 50Mb,retrieved 27th Oct 2011 from,http://www.upc.ie/deals/broadbandandphone/fibrepower50mb/Digiweb, Digitalk Voice Services, retrieved 20th Oct2011 from,http://www.digiweb.ie/business/products/voice/
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