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What are the benefits of ADSL?

 

 

Benefits of ADSL:

What is ADSL broadband?
What are the key benefits of ADSL broadband for me?
What are the key benefits of ADSL broadband based services for Business?
How fast is it?
Who are our ADSL broadband based services aimed at?
What can ADSL broadband be used for?
What do I need in order to be ADSL broadband serviceable?
Are there any Service Constraints I should be aware of?
What services on my line are incompatible with ADSL broadband?
How does ADSL broadband work?
Is my fax compatible with an ADSL broadband set-up?
Will ADSL broadband affect my normal telephone connection?
Will telephone calls be charged separately?
Can customers keep an existing telephone number?
Who is responsible for billing?
Will ADSL broadband affect my burglar or security alarm system?
What computer equipment do I need?
Can you tell me more about the line testing and validation?
What is the minimum contract period?
If I move premises what will happen to my ADSL broadband connection?
Who do I report faults to?
Is it dangerous to be permanently attached to the Internet?
Which IP services are compatible with ADSL broadband?
Can you explain how the contention ratios work?
What about other technologies?
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What is ADSL broadband?
ADSL broadband, or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology is a means of transmitting digital information at high bandwidth down existing copper telephone cable. It is permanently 'switched on', unlike normal dial up access and is asymmetric in that it uses most of the available bandwidth downstream. This makes it particularly suitable for applications where customers expect to receive more data than they transmit such as for Web browsing, use of corporate intranets, and reception of digital audio-visual material. The technology also supports analogue connection on the same line, which enables voice or fax calls to be made simultaneously.
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What are the key benefits of ADSL broadband for me?
Firstly, the Speed. ADSL broadband provides high-speed digital access - e.g. potentially 10 to 40 times faster than today's typical modems. It’s Always On. You will no longer have to waste valuable time oTELKOMaining a dial-up connection to your Internet Service Provider or Corporate Intranet It’s Flexible. It does not affect the normal telephone, so you can make and receive telephone calls or faxes whilst you’re online.
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What are the key benefits of ADSL broadband based services for Business?
ADSL broadband based services will allow SME's and Corporates to:
* Take full advantage of broadband capabilities.
* Offer innovative services to your end user base.
* Extend the reach of your Intranet to encompass your remote teleworkers and satellite offices.
* Manage and predict your costs with the flat rate charging scheme
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How fast is it?
Typical rates for ADSL broadband are shown in the table below. Downstream speed Upstream speed Up to 500 kbit/s Up to 250 kbit/s Up to 1 mbit/s Up to 250 kbit/s Up to 2 mbit/s Up to 250 kbit/s This is between 10 to 40 times faster than today's typical modems.
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Who are our ADSL broadband based services aimed at?
Our services are aimed at a wide range of consumers. Corporate business users will be able to provide their teleworkers or satellite offices with remote access to the corporate network, whilst home users will be able to take advantage of the incredible download speeds to view digital media on the Web, such as movies, music and similar bandwidth hungry applications.
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What can ADSL broadband be used for?
ADSL broadband's higher potential bandwidth has the potential to enhance access to existing services and applications and stimulate the development of new ones: Internet access The access speeds available with ADSL broadband available make it practical for web sites to carry more multi-media rich information such as embedded video clips, animations and good quality audio - significantly enhancing the online experience Intranet access Fast access to the Intranet makes teleworking an attractive option - which in turn can bring benefits to both the organisation and the individual TV based services ADSL broadband can be used to deliver interactive applications to the TV, such as real time video and audio, home shopping and home banking.

Future services
ADSL broadband will be the catalyst for a wealth of new information, education and entertainment services
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When will I be able to have ADSL broadband installed?
Broadband is dependent upon TELKOM's roll-out schedule for ADSL broadband serviceability of your geographical area.
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How have TELKOM chosen which exchanges get ADSL broadband enabled first?
TELKOM have chosen a number of criteria to establish which exchanges should be provisioned for ADSL broadband first. These included demand for bandwidth and where the early adopters of these services are most likely to be located.
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What do I need in order to be ADSL broadband serviceable?
There are a number of factors that will determine whether you will be able to take advantage of ADSL broadband. These include: That you are a TELKOM subscriber. You must have a valid contract for the use of a TELKOM analogue direct exchange line forming part of the TELKOM network over which the ADSL broadband service will be provided. Note that if you rent your premises, you must have a valid contract for a TELKOM or Calls & Access provided PSTN line. It is not suitable that the contract be held with your landlord rather than yourself. Whether TELKOM has upgraded your telephone exchange to ADSL broadband technology, and whether you are located within a specified distance from the exchange. That you are aware of the installation procedure and requirements in terms of equipment as well as location. That there are no incompatible services on your PSTN line. That you have sufficient mains power sockets for the TELKOM NTE (Network Terminating Equipment
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Are there any Service Constraints I should be aware of?
The transmission performance of some local loops will mean that it is technically impractical to deliver ADSL broadband service to all end users with a particular serviceable area. Telkom reserves the right to refuse ADSL broadband installation even if you are situated in a serviceable area.
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What services on my line are incompatible with ADSL broadband?
ADSL broadband service is not compatible with these TELKOM services: Subscriber private metering 30k loop Private circuits Red ABC RedCare Meterpulse facility PBX lines It is only possible to provide a single broadband service over a single TELKOM or Calls & Access PSTN exchange line.
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How does ADSL broadband work?
ADSL broadband operates over a normal telephone line. This means that there is no need to dig up any roads to replace cable and install it. The ADSL broadband signal is carried by two ADSL broadband modems - one in the end user's premises and one in the local exchange. These ADSL broadband modems are designed to exploit the physical transmission capabilities of the copper line to the maximum extent. The resultant ‘broadband’ medium is used to achieve much higher data rates than were previously possible. Two 'splitters' (filters), one in your premises and one in the TELKOM exchange, separate the telephony signal from the ADSL broadband signal. This means that telephone calls can be made at the same time that data is being sent or received (i.e. a customer can surf the Internet and still make telephone calls concurrently).
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Is my fax compatible with an ADSL broadband set-up?
It is not guaranteed that your existing fax machine will work after you have installed ADSL broadband. Please check with the fax machine manufacturer/vendor to check ADSL broadband compatibility.
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Will ADSL broadband affect my normal telephone connection?
You may notice a slight change to how your telephone sounds after you have ADSL broadband installed. This is normal for ADSL broadband lines and is not a fault. Any standard modems operating on your PSTN line (standard telephone, not the ADSL broadband line) may operate at a reduced speed after ADSL broadband installation
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Will telephone calls be charged separately?
Yes. Normal telephone rental and call charges will still apply.
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Will ADSL broadband affect my burglar alarm or security system?
Installation of ADSL broadband may adversely affect security or burglar alarm systems that use your PSTN telephone line and fail to operate correctly. You should check with your suppliers for compatibility of your system before arranging for ADSL broadband installation.
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Which IP services are compatible with ADSL broadband?
The service supports most protocols including Telnet, SMTP, HTTP, FTP, TFTP, VDO, RealAudio, Cu-SeeMe, QUAKE (2.8.0). ADSL broadband will also support instant messaging and communication programs such as NetMeeting, ICQ or Microsoft Messenger. Some of the advanced functions of these programs, such as video conferencing or file sharing, will not operate behind a firewall or Network Address Translation (NAT) without some technical configuration, or possibly not at all. If you have any questions, consult the user Help for the specific program.
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What computer equipment do I need?
The equipment required and minimum specification of PC depends upon which installation you are having, USB or Ethernet version. For the ADSL broadband Home and ADSL broadband NetStart USB installation, you will need the following: PC with the minimum specification of: Windows 98 or Windows 2000 operating system USB port (if you are not sure about this, please see your supplier. The ADSL broadband modem uses USB to connect to your PC). 4-speed CD ROM drive 200Mhz Pentium or above 32 Mb RAM or higher Video card/display capable of 800x600, 256 colours SVGA monitor 16 bit sound card 150 MB free hard drive space For the Ethernet multi-user modem/router installation, you will need the following: PC with the minimum specification of: Network Interface Card (10BaseT Ethernet port) TCP/IP communications stack Netscape 4 or IE 4 or above must be loaded onto at least one of the PCs connected to the service. The browser must be JavaScript enabled. Other specifications will depend upon the applications you want to use with your ADSL broadband service and the operating system you are using. For basic Internet browsing this should be at least: Pentium 166Mhz, MMX or above 32Mb RAM or above 150MB available hard disk space SVGA or higher rated monitor Video card/display capable of 800x600, 256 colours Windows 3.11, Win 95 or Win 98 - or, Windows NT or Windows 2000 4-speed CD ROM player 16 bit sound card Mouse or other pointing device If you wish to use Apple MacIntosh on your network, the machine should conform to the following specification: Or a Apple Macintosh with the following is recommended: PowerPC 601 or equivalent 32MB System Memory 2-speed CD ROM player Video driver and display capable of 800 x 600, 256 colours 100MB free space on hard drive OS8.1 or higher Open Transport 1.3 Networking Software 10baseT Network Adapter with an RJ45 connector You will also need appropriate lengths of Ethernet cable to connect your PCs to the ADSL broadband router/hub. Note that a length of 100 meters must not be exceeded between the PC and hub.
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Can you tell me more about the line testing and validation?
After initial ordering, TELKOM engineers will make preliminary tests on your line to make sure that you are ADSL broadband serviceable. If the tests conducted on your line show that TELKOM are unable to install ADSL broadband at your location, you will be told the reason for this. Some examples of situations may be line quality, distance from the exchange, incorrect information being supplied upon application etc.
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What is the minimum contract period?
There is a 3 month minimum contract period. You should however contact us rather than TELKOM if you have any queries.
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If I move premises what will happen to my ADSL broadband connection ?
Your contract with TELKOM and ourselves is for your specific location and subject to a minimum period. This minimum subscription period would remain payable if you move location whether or not your new location is ADSL broadband serviceable. If you require ADSL broadband at the new premises then you should make arrangements for a new installation and your old contract will be replaced by a new one
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Who do I report faults to?
You should report faults to us and not TELKOM in the first instance. The only exception to this is if the fault affects only telephony services.
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Is it dangerous to be permanently attached to the Internet
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Any computer that is connected using ADSL broadband to the Internet is exposed to the same security risks as a dial-up user, however since ADSL broadband users are typically connected to the network for longer periods of time (always on) this risk is potentially that much greater. You should be aware of the potential of hacking attacks and the precautions that you should take. Please read our security section. Some examples of good security practice are: Turn off your PCs when not in use. Turn off Windows File and Printer Sharing Install a virus checking software product and ensure that it is maintained to the latest version. You should provide a Firewall in the case of a sensitive installation. You should provide encryption of data transmission for sensitive data.
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Can you explain how the contention ratios work?
The USB modem and the Ethernet router solutions have different contention ratios set up by TELKOM, with these values set at 50:1 and 20:1 respectively. This means that for a Home user with a USB modem, the TELKOM connection at the exchange is shared with another 50 users. Whilst some degree of performance loss will be experienced during peak periods, it is generally accepted that few people will be downloading or uploading data all at the exact same time. For the business user it makes sense to go for the 20:1 business version, which will not be subject to so much slowdown at peak periods. The two systems will be able to co-exist on the same 'local loop' due to TELKOM's network tunnelling protocols, each connection being given its own port on the exchange terminating equipment (DSLAM.
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Do ADSL broadband services work with non-TELKOM PSTN lines?
Currently the Broadband services are only available over a TELKOM PSTN line. A non-TELKOM PSTN variant is being investigated.
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What about other technologies? What impact will UMTS have on ADSL broadband? Universal Mobile Telecoms Service - UMTS is the called the 3rd generation mobile service. It is a mobile network whereas ADSL broadband runs over a fixed network. So, whilst UMTS will deliver broadband access too, the two technologies are more likely to be complementary rather than head-on competitors.
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What is DSL Lite technology compared to ADSL broadband?
DSL Lite/G.Lite is a lower speed, splitterless version of ADSL broadband. It is designed to offer around 1Mbps of capacity downstream, and 120kbps upstream. Because there is no Splitter, it is easier to install but does mean that the end user may experience significant interference between the telephony and ADSL broadband services when they are used at the same time. TELKOM's ADSL broadband based services are based on the full ADSL broadband standard, rather than DSL Lite. TELKOM is involved in the evolution of the standard for DSL Lite but has no immediate plans to launch services based on it .
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