What is BroadbandNetwork service providing business sell bandwidth (volume of information per unit of time that a transmission medium can handle. )or network access to the Internet as a valuable resource for online communication (Broadband).Broadband is a term used to describe the bandwidth characteristics and its ability to communicate multiple signals and traffic types simultaneously. Its medium can be The medium can be coax, fibre optical, twisted pair or wireless.
Various CommunicationChannels Here are a few examples of Wired Technology Twisted wires: Copper Wires( Twisted-pair wires consist of two insulated copper wires twisted into pairs and are used for both voice and data transmission. The transmission speed range from 2 million bit/s to 100 million bit/s. Most popular form channel for homes and business) Coaxial cable: Insulated Copper Wires(Invented by Oliver Heaviside, who patented the design in 1880, the device has an inner conductor surrounded by a flexible, tubular insulating layer, surrounded by a tubular conducting shield. Used in radio transmissions, Internet connection and cable TV) Fibre-Optic Cables(flexible, transparent fibre made of glass which can transmit information through light between the two ends of the fibre. Used mainly in internet connections as it can transmit information over longer distances and higher bandwidths compared to other services )
Wireless Technology Here are a few examples of Wireless Technology• Satellite(Satellite transmitting is provided through satellites in the earths orbit. This form of technology can offer higher data speeds, with some satellite speeds reaching up to 100 Mbps)• Radio Waves(Radio waves process information through wavelengths, they are also used in WiFi systems)• Terrestrial Microwave, (MMDS)(Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS) uses microwaves in the form of Gigahertz GHZ to send information across wireless cables
Broadband in Ireland From a study of internet users in 2011 almost 98% of Ireland online population had signed on for Broadband service (Click for Reference) Recent telecommunication developments in the last 2 years have been a €400 million investment from cable provider UPC as well as improvements in Fibre Powered technology by Eircom to the value of €100 million to increase the countries internet upload and download speeds for Business and Personal use. Click here to see if your area fibre optic braodband is available: http://www.eircom.net/broadband/fibre/map/
The companies which offerbroadband UPC Imagine Magnet Digiweb Eircom Mobile Networks (Three, O2, Meteor etc.)
How did they market theirproduct What are the broadband speeds they offer How up to date is their technology (As I mentioned previously, Fibre optic broadband is the fastest medium for internet communication to date. Using light signals to transfer information across the internet. Ideally I would like to avail of an internet provider who offers this service ) Are there any supplementary services that are available with the internet package Who is the most cost effective supplier.
4 Most popular Broadband choices available UPC Download speeds: 50Mb - 100Mb - 150Mb Upload speeds: 5MB-10Mb Currently use both Twisted Wire Cable and fibre – optic broadband. The company also supplies customers with Digital TV and Phone line connections. Fiber-Optic Packages cost between €39-€49- €59 for home subscriptions Click here for a UPC Advertisment
Other Broadband ServiceProviders Eircom Download speeds for Businesses: 25Mb-50Mb- 150Mb Upload speeds for Businesses: 8Mb-20Mb-30Mb Similar to UCP, Eircom uses both Copper Cable and Fibre- Optic Broadband. By 2013 hope to have Fibre- optic technologies across Irish homes and businesses. Offer Business and residential Broadband bundles Business package cost for fibre-optic broadband €40 -€65- €80.
Broadband Providers Digiweb Download Speeds: 8Mb-12Mb-18Mb Upload speeds: 2Mb-4Mb-6Mb Use Satellite wireless Technology. Supplies broadband to rural and un-cabled areas around Ireland. Offer Residential and Business Packages customised to the location of customer. Broadband costs are: €32.95-€79.95-€48.95- €65.95 and €107.95 depending on subscription Click here to learn more : Digiweb Broadband
Mobile internet Providers Mobile internet is internet that is available for handheld devices (smart phone users) portable laptops, tablet PC’s that are connected to mobile or wireless networks for people on the move. Uses 3G and 4G technology to any device with wireless capabilities. 4G (4th generation of mobile technology) allows the user to avail of higher broadband privileges based on their mobile provider (up to 200MB speeds (O2.ie)) . The links below are some of the networks who supply mobile internet, USB modems, Micro Sims for PC tables (e.g. Ipad) and portable wireless hotspots for one or more devices. All are relatively inexpensive and few are part of network cell phone price packages. Vodafone , O2, Meteor, Three.ie, Clear
Personal Opinion on BroadbandProvider AvailablePackage Deal: UPC offer up to 150Mb Fibre-Optic Broadband for €59. I found this the most cost effective price compared with other service providers. UPC also are offering their customer various Internet connection/ Digital TV and phone line packages that are cheaper than other Irish competitors: UCP.ieFor a Mobile Business: I would value the Vodafone Mobile WiFi R205 as the most cost effective mobile internet service. The modem has up to 10MB data allowance, can be used to connect up to 5 devices and is only €29.99 per month.
References Department of www.eircom.ie Communications, Energy and Natural Resources www.meteor.ie http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Comm www.wikipedia.ie unications/Business+and+Tech nology/Radio+Communication www.three.ie s+and+Radio+Spectrum/ www.48months.ie Ireland’s Advanced www.mobileinternetmar Broadband keting.ie Performance and Policy Priorities November www.digiweb.ie 2011, Pg 14-16 electronics.howstuffwor www.UPC.ie ks.com www.vodafone.ie