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ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)

ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. It is a type of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) technology, used primarily for connecting to the internet.

ADSL is called "asymmetric" because it offers higher download speeds than upload speeds, which aligns well with typical internet usage patterns where users often download more data than they upload.

  • Asymmetric Speeds: ADSL provides higher download speeds compared to upload speeds, catering to typical internet usage where downloading data (like web browsing and streaming videos) is more frequent than uploading.

  • Uses Existing Telephone Lines: It utilizes existing copper telephone lines for internet connectivity, allowing for broadband internet access without the need for new infrastructure.

  • Simultaneous Voice and Data Transmission: ADSL technology separates voice and data transmission, enabling users to access the internet and use the telephone simultaneously over the same line.

ADSL played a significant role in the widespread adoption of broadband internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s, offering a major speed improvement over dial-up internet connections.

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