Over the last couple of years, the Internet has grown ubiquitous and today connects more than 400 million people. These consumers are demanding fast connectivity technologies to access the rich multimedia content that reside on the Web. The need for fast access to the Internet is pushing the demand for broadband access. Consumers are moving away from dialing-up using their phonelines towards new and improved connectivity platforms. Demand for high-speed Internet access solutions has fueled proliferation of a number of rival technologies. This white paper presents an overview of the key broadband technologies—DSL, cable, satellite, wireless,
powerline, and ISDN technologies.

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