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Here is a small research done into finding suitabe broadband for a small arts organisation in Dublin 13

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  1. 1. Broadband<br />Researching Broadband Internet Services Available to SMEs in Ireland 2011<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Broadband was first introduced in radio signalling but became popularized in 1996 when “Media One” used it as part of a marketing campaign to advertise their high speed access<br />Broadband can transmit a wide range of signals, including audio and video. Broadband networks are especially useful in the Networked World, as they can carry many signals at once, resulting in faster data transmission.<br />It made it easier to send and receive complex audio and video files<br />
  3. 3. Types of broadband<br />DSL – Digital Subscriber Line – A technology that delivers broadband over a phone line, ideal for home or office<br />ADSL – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line – Similar to DSL but a broadband that can download at faster speeds than it can upload, ideal for home or office<br />SDSL – Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line – Similar to ADSL but can download at the same speed to which it uploads. It does however need an extra phoneline. Ideal for businesses that send and receive large volumes of information.<br />
  4. 4. TYPES OF BROADBAND<br />CABLE BROADBAND – Broadband provided by companies through cable. These companies also provide telephone and television packages. This type of broadband can only be gotten if your street was cabled<br />WIRELESS BROADBAND – the signal sent through the air via an antenna to a wireless router in the home. It can also be be used to describe mobile broadband where consumers can by a PC card or USB device from a service provider that can connect smartphones and laptops to broadband via mobile phone masts. It needs to be in a location where there is a relatively strong phone signal.<br />SATELLITE BROADBAND – provided through a Satellite dish. Two Types. “One Way” downloads information via the satellite dish and uploads it via a telephone line. “Two Way” uploads and downloads information via the satellite dish. Can be quite expensive to run<br />
  5. 5. Types of broadband<br />Fibre Optic Broadband – This can transmit information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fibre. This is the newest and fastest broadband developed to date<br />
  6. 6. Bandwidth + Contention ratio<br />BANDWIDTH<br /><ul><li>The speed at which data is transferred
  7. 7. It is measured in bits per second
  8. 8. The signal strength of the service that is usually displayed as megabytes per second or MBS
  9. 9. The higher the bandwidth the more powerful the signal performance</li></ul>CONTENTION RATIO<br /><ul><li>The ratio of the potential maximum demand on the actual bandwidth
  10. 10. The higher the contention ratio the more demand on the bandwidth and the less effect the bandwidth can offer
  11. 11. It is important to aim for a service provider with a low contention ration</li></li></ul><li>Broadband providers in dublin 13 area<br />Imagine WIMAX – Wireless Broadband, Mobile Broadband<br />Vodafone –Wireless Broadband, Mobile Broadband<br />02 – Mobile Broadband<br />3 Mobile Network – Wireless Broadband, Mobile Broadband<br />Perlico – DSL, Wireless Broadband<br />Meteor – Mobile Broadband<br />UPC – Fibre Powered Broadband, Cable Broadband<br />Magnet – Cable Broadband<br />
  12. 12. What to choose for a small business in the arts?<br />The following for options are most easily available to small business in the arts in Dublin 13<br />Imagine Wimax<br />02 Mobile<br />Vodafone<br />UPC<br />Research on the most suitable form will now follow<br />
  13. 13. IMAGINE WiMAx<br />Technical Specifications<br /><ul><li>10MB download speed
  14. 14. 512kb upload speed
  15. 15. Unlimited usage
  16. 16. Free phone line
  17. 17. Contention Ratio 24:1</li></ul>Appropriateness for a small arts business<br /><ul><li>Available with a wireless router so could be used by multiple devices simultaneously</li></ul>Cost €45 p/m NO BUSINESS RATES<br />
  18. 18. 02 Mobile<br />Technical Specifications<br /><ul><li>7.2MB download speed
  19. 19. 2MB upload speed
  20. 20. 15GB allowance
  21. 21. Up to date computer software required
  22. 22. Can only be used on one device at a time
  23. 23. Contention Ratio 48:1</li></ul>Appropriateness for a small arts business<br /><ul><li>With limited usage allowance and being restricted to one device it might not be most appropriate. It is useful however for portable computers in busy environments as it is not restricted to one address.</li></ul>Cost €19.99 p/m NO BUSINESS RATES<br />
  24. 24. Technical Specifications<br /><ul><li>12MB download speed
  25. 25. 1MB upload speed
  26. 26. Unlimited usage
  27. 27. Calls package also included
  28. 28. Requires modem
  29. 29. Contention Ratio 48:1
  30. 30. Requires phoneline</li></ul>Appropriateness for a small arts business<br /><ul><li>Higher download speed than similar providers but a significant increase in cost and must be gotten in conjunction with a calls package</li></ul>Cost €79.99 p/m for Advanced Vodafone Office Plan<br />
  31. 31. Also provides a personal mobile broadband package that could be more suitable for a small business as it is pure a broadband package and also contains a wireless function that can connect to up to 5 other devices anywhere within its range<br />Technical Specifications<br /><ul><li>7.2MB Download Speed
  32. 32. Unspecified upload speed
  33. 33. 10GB allowance
  34. 34. Contention Ratio 48:1 </li></ul>Appropriateness for a small business<br /><ul><li>It is recommended by Vodafone for small business with its portable function and it being accessible for up to five local computer s at the same time. </li></ul>Cost €16.45 + VAT p/m, device costs €32.23 once off payment<br />
  35. 35. upc<br />Technical Specifications<br /><ul><li>10MB download speed
  36. 36. 1MB upload speed
  37. 37. No telephone line required
  38. 38. 120GB allowance
  39. 39. Up to date software required
  40. 40. Cable required
  41. 41. Contention ratio 17:1 </li></ul>Appropriateness for a small business <br /><ul><li>It has a built in wireless function which makes it ideal for a home office scenario but could become awkward for a small business with its lack of portability compared to other mobile providers. It is very attractively priced however</li></ul>Cost €25 p/m NO BUSINESS RATES AVAILABLE<br />
  42. 42. RIPPLECOM<br />Technical Specifications<br /><ul><li>8MB download
  43. 43. 1 MB upload
  44. 44. Wireless broadband transmitted to your home form a mast to a modem located in you house
  45. 45. No need for phone line</li></ul>Appropriateness for a small business – Provides wireless broadband with very little requirements<br />Cost €39.99 p/m NO BUSINESS RATES AVAILABLE<br />
  46. 46. Which one to choose?<br />For a small business there are several factors to consider. These are needs, affordability, reliabiltity to name but a few. <br />With this in mind a conclusion has been met with the Vodafone mobile package. It does have a high contention ratio but it also has the adaptability of being a mobile or static modem that can facilitate up to five other devices. It is also very affordable based on the service and what similar providers are offering. <br />UPC would be the second choice but missed out on being selected due to it’s widely known reputation for poor customer service<br />