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Innovation and evolution of 8 MB broadband speeds

Written By: David Ewen

A fast broadband speed is 8 MB, which offers a more faster and reliable broadband
connection. The speed 8Mb is 8 megabits per second. That is about 160 times faster than the traditional dial up phone line connection. The benefit of a faster speed includes the ability to process data not possible with a phone line. Larger data transfer can stream content such as music and video. This allows video conferencing that is not possible through a phone line. Large files are accessible with faster download times. This allows emails to have large attachments for sending. In addition to being able to process large
amounts of data, there is improved reliability of broadband services.

These innovative internet technologies began to migrate to mainstream use during the
1990s. The speed and reliability was only was a tiny fraction of today’s capabilities. The
benefits of connecting online were very limited. The thought of web conferencing
or streaming content was not imaginable at the time. The physical network in
place was standard telephone dial-up. The maximum data speed was 56K or 56 kilobytes
per second. That is significantly slower than the 8Mb or 8000 KB per second
that is available now. The internet had speeds that were less than one percent
of the speeds of today. The dial-up connection eliminated any possible
innovative capabilities that considered with the advances of broadband speeds
of today. There were efforts to download files; however, it was a normal
expectation to wait for the download. If there were an interruption or glitch
in the download, it would fail and need further attempts. On occas
ions, large
files required more than one attempt at downloading. In other cases, the files
were too large to download.

Dial-up provided other disadvantages to internet connectivity. Originally, internet
connection was without phone conversations. In other words, the phone line was for
phone conversations or for internet connection-often, people who found
importance of connecting to the internet and phone simultaneously had to invest in second phone line. The cost of a dial-up internet connection would be the service, the phone line and the second phone line. Phone jack installation became more common to include to phone lines. The internet originated as an investment of installation and
secondary phone services. 

The next evolution of internet connectivity was DSL or Digital Describer Line. The voice
and data information transmitted over the traditional copper telephone line. The
original speed of DSL was fast at 56K and allowed a single phone line used
for both voice and data. That means the internet became accessible at the same
time as a phone call. Phones used filters to access the phone data and the
modems for computers would be able to access the specific data content over the
copper wire. The way voice and data were segregated over the same wire had to
do with the type of data being transmitted. The telephone call carried and
transmitted as an analog signal. The internet data carried and transmitted as a
digital signal. Phones plugged into a filter device connected to the phone line
that ensured the phone only accesses the analog data and not interfere with the
digital data for the internet.

Broadband has the ability to carry a variety of different types of data. It has greater reliability using a digital format for the signal for any data transmitted. An advantage of
digital data is that it can be compressed, allowing more data to be carried over
the line. There is improved reliability of a digital signal, as the modem can
make corrections not possible with older analog phone line systems. Speeds
improved over time when data compaction increased with improved modems. The
copper wire lines do not lend themselves the ability for faster speeds. An
infrastructure has evolved to make greater use of fiber optics to allow the
physical ability for faster network traffic. That, coupled with data compaction
through advanced modem technology allows much faster and more reliable speeds. Today, it is common to stream videos and download music using 8 MB broadband
technology.