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What is contention?
Contention is a computing term for sharing. If five people live in house with one bathroom, you could say that the bathroom has a contention ratio of five to one, normally indicated 5:1.
You may be unaware that your Household electricity is contended too. It's normally not a problem as there's more than enough electricity to go around. However, residents of California last year had rolling blackouts due to a lack of generating capacity.
Everything in life is contended. If the connection you are using is not quick enough, just share it with less people.

Regarding ADSL - there are two levels of contention on the BTwholesale network at the moment:

50:1 for the home user;
20:1 for the business user.

If you take the worst case scenario for the home user then that means you're sharing your 512kbs with 49 other people. If you are all downloading at the same time then you'll get around 10kbs - about a quarter of the speed of a normal dial-up analogue modem.
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What is ADSL?
ADSL, or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology is a means of transmitting digital information at high bandwidth down existing copper telephone cable. It is permanently 'switched on', unlike normal dial up access and is asymmetric in that it uses most of the available bandwidth downstream. This makes it particularly suitable for applications where customers expect to receive more data than they transmit such as for Web browsing, use of corporate intranets, and reception of digital audio-visual material. The technology also supports analogue connection on the same line, which enables voice or fax calls to be made simultaneously.

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What are the key benefits of ADSL for me?
Firstly, the Speed. ADSL provides high-speed digital access - e.g. potentially 10 to 40 times faster than today's typical modems.

It's Always On. You will no longer have to waste valuable time obtaining a dial-up connection to your Internet Service Provider or Corporate Intranet.

It's Flexible. It does not affect the normal telephone, so you can make and receive telephone calls or faxes whilst you're online.

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What are the key benefits of ADSL based services for Business?
ADSL based services will allow SME's and Corporates to:

* Take full advantage of broadband capabilities.
* Offer innovative services to your end user base.
* Extend the reach of your Intranet to encompass your remote teleworkers and satellite offices.
* Manage and predict your costs with the flat rate charging scheme
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How fast is it?
This depends on the product that you choose. The available speeds offered are:

* Download: 512kb Upload: 256kb
* Download: 1mb Upload: 256kb
* Download: 512kb Upload: 256kb
* Download: 1mb Upload: 256kb
* Download: 2mb Upload: 256kb
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Who are our ADSL based services aimed at?
Our services are aimed at a wide range of consumers. Corporate business users will be able to provide their teleworkers or satellite offices with remote access to the corporate network, whilst home users will be able to take advantage of the incredible download speeds to view digital media on the Web, such as movies, music and similar bandwidth hungry applications.

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What can ADSL be used for?
ADSL's higher potential bandwidth has the potential to enhance access to existing services and applications and stimulate the development of new ones:

Internet access
The access speeds available with ADSL available make it practical for web sites to carry more multi-media rich information such as embedded video clips, animations and good quality audio - significantly enhancing the online experience

Intranet access
Fast access to the Intranet makes teleworking an attractive option - which in turn can bring benefits to both the organisation and the individual

TV based services
ADSL can be used to deliver interactive applications to the TV, such as real time video and audio, home shopping and home banking
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