Internet Access Guide : How to Choose an Internet Access
Below are some practical guidelines on how to choose an Internet
access method and an Internet subscription plan.
What kinds of Internet services will you use?
If you want to access lightweight services such as reading news and checking e-mails then narrowband Internet
access such as dial-up or GPRS is enough for you. If you want to
access bandwidth intensive applications or real-time services such
as live webcast, multimedia tutorial, interactive game, video
conferencing, and VoIP, then you need a broadband Internet access
such as ADSL
connection and cable Internet. If you also want to access IPTV or HDTV, you may need to upgrade to FTTH.
How much time will you spend on the Internet daily?
If you access
the Internet only occasionally, then choose a subscription plan
which charges you based on connection time or downloaded/uploaded
bytes. But if you frequently need a connection to the Internet, then
it is better to choose an always-on plan which usually charges you a
flat monthly rate for unlimited usage.
Will you access while you are stationary or on the go?
If you need access to the Internet while at home or in the office,
then choose a fixed Internet access method, such as dial-up, DSL,
cable Internet, or dedicated E1/T1. If you are a mobile individual who very often
travels, then choose a mobile Internet access service such as
GPRS, EDGE, and 3G (CDMA2000 or UMTS-WCDMA). If you are in a remote
place, you may try
Internet access via
satellite. If you are in a public place, then you can access the
Internet through a Wi-Fi hotspot which connects to the Internet
using a broadband connection (DSL, cable Internet, or T1/E1
backhaul). If you
travel by plane, you must choose
airlines that offer Internet access on flight.
What kinds of telecommunication services do you subscribe to?
Chances are you have a fixed telephone service at home. With a
telephone subscription, you can choose dial-up or DSL Internet access.
If you have a cable TV subscription, then you can choose Internet
access over cable TV network.
If you have a mobile phone subscription, you can connect via
cellular data network.
What devices will you use to access the Internet?
Using a mobile phone or PDA, you can access the Internet
mobile (cellular) Internet network such as GPRS, 1xRTT, EDGE,
1xEV-DO, and HSDPA. Smart phone or PDA that has Wi-Fi
adapter can access the Internet through a Wi-Fi hotspot. But in
that case, you must be careful with your battery because the Wi-Fi
will likely consume your mobile device battery quickly.
Meanwhile, using a notebook or desktop PC, you can choose any kind of
Internet access methods.
Will you share the Internet connection with other persons?
If yes, you must calculate the bandwidth requirement based on the
types of services that you and other persons plan to use.
Choose an Internet access method that meets your bandwidth
requirement. You may choose 3G cellular access, DSL, cable
Internet, FTTH with
guaranteed bandwidth, or lease a dedicated line (such as T1/E1/T3/E3).