Broadband is an abbreviation of the words ‘broad bandwidth.’ It is used to describe the frequencies that are used to communicate via the internet. The wider your bandwidth the more information you can receive. Computers are able to receive broadband transmissions at speeds up to 256kbps whereas dial up connections were limited to 56kbps. Broadband internet speeds in the future will no doubt far exceed the speeds that are available today, a reason why the Australian Federal Government is presently engaged in rolling out the National Broadband Network.
Cable broadband increases broadband carrying capacity even further and it also allows for higher speeds. Usage of this technology allows you to receive a wider range of digital transmissions and is mainly provided to consumers in Australia by BigPond and Optus in the bigger towns and cities.
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Wireless is a fast growing technology that is popular because of the mobility it gives its users. With the use of a wireless broadband internet connection you are able to access the internet in the various hot spots that are available throughout the community in internet cafes and airport lounges, without the need to plug into a fixed landline. Mobile broadband, a further advancement of wireless technology, is similar to that used for mobile phones as it is carried on radio waves. Computers can receive these radio waves with the use of a plug in modem as long as you are not too far from a transmission tower or enclosed in a too solidly constructed building.
The largest player on the Australian internet scene is BigPond, the internet arm of Telstra. BigPond is a household name in Australia and is instantly recognised anywhere you go throughout the entire country. Its current internet and mobile phone network is the most extensive in the nation and it is presently in the process of selling its vast copper wire network back to the Australian government so it can be replaced by optic fibre. A move that will see even greater speeds obtained. This will give Australian consumers access to one of the widest and fastest broadband internet services anywhere in the world. Telstra have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrading their broadband internet network and with the agreement being reached with the National Broadband Network presently being rolled out a further $40 billion is being invested overall.
BigPond was first launched in 1996 and their growth since that time has been nothing less than outstanding with most Australians now getting online with a BigPond plan of some description. Today BigPond offers plans in ADSL, ADSL2, cable and wireless. They offer lower cost services to consumers by allowing bundling packages that include their landline telephone connections, mobile phones and Foxtel services.
Examples of their plans are as follows:
- BigPond Turbo Cable 2 GB bundled with a home phone taken out under a 12 month plan will cost you $39.95 per month. This plan will deliver a speed of eight mbps and allow you to download 2GB of data.
- BigPond Turbo Cable 12GB bundled with a house phone for 12 months is costed at $59.95 a month. It has a speed of eight mbps and gives you 12Gb of data downloads.
- BigPond Turbo Cable 25GB also bundled with a home phone on a 12 month plan is charged at $79.95. It once again delivers a speed of eight mbps but it allows you to download 25Gb of data a month.
- BigPond Turbo Cable 50GB, bundled with a home phone connection on a 12 month plan will cost you $99.95 a month. It will be delivered at a speed of eight mbps but gives a higher 50GB of data downloads.
- BigPond Turbo Cable 100GB is also bundled with a home phone on a 12 month plan. It’s cost is $119.95 a month and its speed remains as eight mbps but you will be able to download 100GB every month.
- BigPond Turbo Cable 200GB bundled with your home phone is the pride of the fleet. When taken out over a 12 month plan it also will deliver a speed of eight mbps but you will be able to benefit from a massive 200GB a month download.
BigPond Mobile Broadband Internet
The BigPond USB 4G mobile internet connection will give you download speeds from 2mbps to 40 mbps in all Australian capital cities and the larger regional areas. Outside these areas the speed will be less. The actual internet speed experienced with a BigPond USB 4G mobile internet connection for your laptop when travelling, will depend on the distance you are located from the mobile phone tower, whether the terrain is hilly or flat, the number of people connected at the one time and your immediate environment.
The BigPond ultimate WiFi is regarded as being the fastest mobile broadband device presently available in Australia. You are able to connect it to up to five wireless devices at the one time including your laptop or notebook. It is easy to take with you where ever you travel and you will have no problems accessing the internet for your printer, tablet, smartphone or laptop anywhere at any time. Download speeds of between 1.1mbps and 20mbps can be expected. Your broadband internet experience will never be the same again.