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Components of a Broadband Circuit

The wide variety of technologies that are used to deliver superfast broadband circuit services is impressive and often confusing – which is a shame as all achieve the same thing in the end – a high speed digital communications pathway.

The key decision is which is best for your location, business need and budget and by being ‘technology agnostic’ CloudConnX uses the optimum technology for your business need.

Here’s a quick explanation of each of the superfast  Broadband technologies, and if you would like a more in-depth discussion on each or any, our CloudConnX technical staff would be more than delighted to do so.

The Components of a Broadband Circuit

  1. A-End: This is the term given to the CloudConnX Communications hub from which the Broadband circuit originates.
  2. B End: This is the term given to where the CloudConnX broadband circuit will be connected.
  3. Connection Point: The wall mounted socket via which your IT system is connected to the broadband circuit.
  4. Bits per second: Is the amount of 0 & 1 signals that can be transmitted across the broadband circuit per second. As one character is represented by eight bits (collectively known as a Byte) you can divide the bits/ps number of a circuit by 8 to show how many characters it can transmit in one second. If life is too short though, the rule is – the higher the bps the faster the circuit will transmit data.
  5. Latency: Expressed in terms of time delay, latency is the ‘quiet killer’ of broadband efficiency in that the cumulative effect of each time delay reduces the effective speed of the circuit. A time delay is imposed on  the transmission of the data signal (bit)  every time it passes through a major piece of switching equipment (called a Node) on its journey from the A-End to the B-End and vice versa. In many broadband circuits your data signal may travel hundreds of miles through dozens of switching nodes just to travel from say Eastbourne to Seaford, with the consequent imposition of a huge latency (time delay). Although measured in milliseconds, the effect of latency often reduces the effective speed of your broadband circuits by significant amounts. Consequently your circuit provider rarely advertises the latency of the circuit to be provided. The ideal scenario is to have a very low latency on your broadband circuit(s) and as CloudConnX controls the design of our network service, we ensure our circuits are provided and maintained at the lowest latency – therefore highest effectiveness – as is possible.
  6. Upload & Download: The terms given to the transmission (upload) and receive (download) paths within a broadband circuit. Often assumed to be the same speed, it is standard practice that the upload speed will often be much lower that the download speed. Hence, a 10Mbps circuit may have a slower upload speed than the download speed e.g. 10 Mbps download / 2Mbps upload.
  7. Wireless: The term given to the technology that provides superfast broadband communication circuit paths via highly secure radio signal technology.
  8. Fibre Optic: The term given to the technology that provides superfast broadband communication circuit paths via highly secure fibre optic cable technology.
  9. Leased Line: Where sharing (contention) access with other businesses is unacceptable then a dedicated (ratio 1:1) leased line is the solution, guaranteeing immediate and full access to the Internet or other destination.
  10. ADSL & SDSL: Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line / Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line. Terms given to the technology that provides medium speed broadband communication circuit paths via copper wire cable technology.