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Internet Access Guide : Comparison

Below is a summary of some frequently used Internet access methods.

  ADSL Cable Modem Dial-Up GPRS
Underlying network telephone network (PSTN) cable TV network telephone network (PSTN) cellular network (GSM/TDMA)
Network Provider Telephone operator Cable TV operator Telephone operator Cellular operator
Connection always-on and log-in (PPPoE/PPPoA) always-on and log-in (PPPoE/PPPoA) log-in (PPP) log-in (PPP)
Mobility no no no yes
Maximum Downstream Rate 8 Mbps (Full Rate)
1.5 Mbps (G.Lite)
38 Mbps
(shared)
56 kbps
(V.92)
57.6 kbps
(Class 12)
Maximum Upstream Rate 1 Mbps (Full Rate)
512 kbps (G.Lite)
30 Mbps
(shared)
33 - 48 kbps
(V.92)
57.6 kbps
(Class 12)
Required Device ADSL modem plus splitter cable modem voice/fax modem GPRS modem
Charging Flat monthly rate; number of transferred bytes or connection time Flat monthly rate; number of transferred bytes or connection time Connection time Flat monthly rate; number of bytes


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