DIA vs. BIA: What is the difference between dedicated Internet access and broadband?

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Considering the essential role that the Internet now plays in our daily lives, it is easy to see why every telecommunications company is promoting new offerings to improve connectivity and data capacity offerings. However, before making changes to the Internet configuration, it is important to know exactly what options are available. Because light moves rapidly, at around 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second, fiber optic connections are not restricted by the same limits imposed by cable and DSL Internet connections.

If you are looking for improved speed and capacity, fiber-optic Internet is the way to go. But the decision making as to what type of Internet to purchase does not stop there. You should also determine whether your Internet access should be broadband or dedicated. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two options to help make your choice much easier.

Broadband Internet Access (BIA)

Broadband Internet connections refer to shared networks. With broadband, you essentially share your Internet access with other customers of your telecommunications provider. While network security is not sacrificed with this option, you may well have to put up with slower speeds (particularly during times of the day when Internet usage is most frequent, peak times). This is because the broadband Internet bandwidth offered to you represents the maximum that will be reached. In other words, there is no assurance that your Internet connection actually meets this threshold. Upload speeds also tend to be slower with broadband Internet access. Both of these factors can be immensely frustrating for customers. In addition, the availability of broadband Internet service can vary widely by location, which can make obtaining adequate data capacity and connectivity a challenge for both residential and business users.

The advantage of broadband, of course, is cost. Because broadband is extremely affordable, many Internet users are willing to sacrifice potentially higher speeds for greater affordability. Another important point to keep in mind is that business customers may experience better results than residential customers with this type of Internet connection. In addition, broadband Internet access can be achieved through a variety of methods; in addition to fiber optic connections, wireless, satellite, cable and DSL options can also be used, making this a slightly more versatile option for some customers.

Dedicated Internet Access (DIA)

In contrast to broadband access is dedicated access (DIA), which refers to bandwidth that is reserved specifically for a delimited connection. Instead of sharing that connection with others using the same Internet provider, customers with dedicated Internet have their own separate connection and therefore better and more secure capacity connectivity.

With dedicated access, the amount of bandwidth you will receive is guaranteed by your service agreement. In other words, you will always have access to the data connectivity and capacity that was initially agreed with the telecom operator, instead of dealing with slow speeds under a maximum limit. Not only will you have an optimized connection, but you will also experience synchronous speeds (meaning that your download and upload speeds will always be consistent, also called symmetrical connections).

Although dedicated Internet access is slightly more expensive than broadband Internet access, with this option you get more for your investment. In general, dedicated Internet is much more reliable and secure than broadband. This means that, instead of being restricted by the limitations of the Internet, business customers can easily teleconference with their customers, download important files in less time and be substantially more productive on a daily basis. And when you use a dedicated Internet connection at home, you’ll never be interrupted or frustrated by slow upload speeds, even during peak usage periods.

With any of these connectivity options, fiber-optic Internet can easily be used to access the World Wide Web. While the choice is entirely yours, it is clear that speed, reliability and security are a priority for most users. Contact us today to find out which Internet access is right for you.


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