The Quick Start Guide to VOIP for the Home, Home Office, and Small Business

What is Broadband?

Broadband is a high speed Internet connection usually provided by cable TV, DSL, or dedicated telecom lines. Broadband phone service (VOIP), requires this type of connection.

The high speeds are achieved by the carrying capacity of the cable that can carry multiple messages simultaneously.

Broadband speeds are generally described in two parts: download speed and upload speed and are expressed as:


A typical broadband service is 512/128 Kbits/s (kilobits per second), which means the you can download information at a maximum speed of 512 Kbit/s and upload at a maximum of 128 Kbit/s.

Broadband speed is also sometimes referred to as bandwidth.

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