ADSL, ADSL2+ and Mobile Wireless: Jargon explained

If you are new to broadband and have no idea what the different terms mean, start here for an explanation of the different types of internet connections.

3G: This is the signal most Australian Mobile Wireless broadband providers now use to provide a service. It comes from mobile phone towers owned by Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, or in some cities 3 Mobile.

Telstra has its NextG network, which claims to have better coverage and faster speeds than the competition. However, Telstra BigPond is also more expensive.

4G/LTE/WiMax: These are the next generation of Mobile Wireless broadband technologies currently being developed around the world. They are said to be much faster and more stable when compared with current 3G networks.

ADSL: Internet that runs through your telephone line. You can make phone calls and be online at the same time.

ADSL2+: The fastest form of ADSL broadband.

Bundle: Getting two or more services from a single provider means you are on a bundle. The most common bundle is where you get your home phone line rental and your ADSL broadband through the single ISP.

Dial-up: The oldest form of internet: it runs through a phone line, is very slow, and phone calls cannot be made when it’s turned on.

Cable broadband: Internet running on coaxial cable, the type that Foxtel runs on. Fast, yet more expensive than ADSL because of less competition. It is only available in certain metropolitan areas.

Fibre optic: A new form of broadband internet that is extremely fast, but is only available in limited areas until the National Broadband Network (or its equivalent) is built.

ISP: Internet Service Provider. This is the company that provides you with broadband internet access.

Mobile Wireless broadband: Works off of the mobile phone towers via a SIM card, but on a different wavelength to mobile phones. This type of broadband is good for those who travel a lot, or who only stay at one address for a short while. However, it’s not as fast or as stable as an ADSL broadband connection.

Naked DSL: An ADSL2+ connection running on a phone line, but the telephone element of the line has been disconnected. You cannot make normal phone calls from a handset plugged into the wall. This is good for those who want fast, stable internet, but who don’t want to pay landline telephone rental. Note: You can still make phone calls using a VoIP service.

NBN: The National Broadband Network is a planned fibre optic network that will provide the majority of Australians with stable, super-fast internet. Those who cannot get the service will be able to access next generation Mobile Wireless and satellite broadband services.

If you come across any other broadband internet acronyms or jargon-based words you are unaware of, please call us at Compare Broadband on 1300 106 571 and we will do our utmost to explain them to you in simple terms.