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What is Broadband and How Does it Work?

October 30th, 2023 | 3 min. read

By Jordan Pioth

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If your organization has a poor-performing network that uses the internet to connect to a cloud-based phone system you probably experience slow upload or download speeds, slow load page times when accessing the internet, and call breakups or drops.

This problem can result in decreased productivity and efficiency levels and lead to lost customers and revenue.

However, with the proper amount of bandwidth, a broadband connection can help improve the performance of your network.

Coeo knows how important a reliable network is to an organization and has delivered broadband and network solutions to improve the performance and reliability of thousands of customers.

We want you to understand what broadband is and how it works so you can determine if it is the right solution for your organization.

By the end of this article, you will know what broadband is, how it works, and if it is the right fit to improve your organization’s network.

What is broadband?

Broad bandwidth (broadband) is the technology that delivers a high-speed internet connection. Broadband provides fast and efficient data transmission allowing for fast internet speeds and a more reliable network.

Traditional internet connections such as dial-up use a narrower bandwidth connection while broadband uses a wider channel connection that data can travel through enabling more data to travel at one time for quicker data exchange.

How does broadband work?

Broadband works by leveraging multiple different technologies to send and receive data quickly and efficiently. There are multiple different ways that broadband can be used to send and receive data including:

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)

A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a broadband connection that uses traditional copper lines from existing phone systems already installed at the customer’s location to transmit data.

This is one of the most affordable and most available options since it uses hardware that already exists within the customer’s infrastructure to connect to the internet.

Cable broadband

Cable broadband uses the same coaxial cables and infrastructure that cable companies use.

The speeds on this connection vary depending on your provider, the cable modem, and the traffic your organization pushes through.

Fiber-optic cables

Fiber is one of the fastest ways to send data and is significantly faster than DSL and cable broadband connections.

Fiber-optic cables are constructed using thin strands of glass or plastic to transmit data over light pulses.

Fiber-optic cables can also deliver voice and video calls and act as an alternative to coaxial cables improving quality by avoiding call breakups and drops.

However, fiber connections can be difficult to install as a result of more fiber networks becoming popular over the last few years.

So, while fiber is reliable and can improve the speed of your network, it can be difficult to find a provider that has available fiber connections to install in your organization.

Wireless broadband

Wireless broadband enables data to be sent over a wireless connection and uses radio waves to connect to the internet.

This connection helps link users and devices that are in separate locations connect to the same network using long-range transmissions.

Wireless broadband eliminates the need for DSL, cable, or fiber connections in every branch and remote location where employees are working.

Is broadband the right solution for your organization?

Now you know what broadband is and the different ways broadband can be delivered. However, it is also important to understand whether broadband is the right solution for your organization.

Broadband is becoming increasingly popular in the network and telecom industry with many organizations migrating to it after deciding to replace traditional connections such as dial-up internet.

If your organization is looking for a faster, more reliable network, broadband might be a good solution for your organization.

If broadband is the right solution for your organization, it is also important to determine which connection(s) would suit your organization the best.

If you prefer to save money by recycling traditional copper wires that are already installed at your organization’s locations, a DSL connection may be the best solution.

If your organization prefers not to use copper wiring, a coaxial cable might be your best connection.

However, if your organization uses significant bandwidth and your employees rely on a fast and reliable internet connection to perform daily work tasks, fiber may be your best alternative.

While fiber-optic cables are the most reliable and fastest connection, they can be expensive and in limited supplies unavailable due to their increased popularity.

If your organization operates from a variety of locations or has employees working remotely, you may benefit from using a wireless connection.

However, it is important to understand that wireless connections are not always the most reliable.

Purchasing broadband for your organization

Now you understand what broadband is, how it works, and whether it is the right solution for your organization. This will help your organization make a better decision when it comes to network connectivity.

A poor-performing network can cause decreased productivity and efficiency issues that result in lost customers and revenue.

A broadband connection can help improve your network increasing employee productivity.

Coeo knows how important a reliable network connection is to an organization and has delivered broadband connections and network solutions to thousands of customers to improve their network performance.

We want you to understand what broadband is and how it works so you can determine whether it is the right solution for your organization and which type of connection will benefit your organization the most.

If you would like to speak with our team to learn more about broadband and the different network connections or ask any questions you may have you can schedule an appointment.TALK TO AN EXPERT

Now that you understand what broadband is and how it works, read this article below to learn more about the ways that broadband can improve your network:

Jordan Pioth

When he's not creating content for Coeo, Jordan loves to watch sports, hang out with friends and family, and anything sneaker-related.