Compare ADSL and ADSL2+ broadband plans for business

ADSL2+ broadband can provide your business with fast speeds combined with a fixed phone service for your customers.

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ADSL for business benefits

  • ADSL2+ plans can deliver up to 24Mbps/ 3Mbps speeds.
  • Fixed landline services provide your customers with a convenient contact option and can improve their experience with your business.
  • ADSL can suit your business needs until the NBN reaches your area.

learn how ADSL works and how it can benefit your business today

How does ADSL work?

ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) internet services offer broadband connectivity through a standard telephone line. ADSL operates on the same copper wires/ infrastructure that telephone lines use. The download speed of ADSL is typically much faster than upload speeds, which in business terms means you'll be able to receive files or emails faster than you send them out. If your area has not received the NBN yet, ADSL could be the ideal connection for your business.

How fast is ADSL?

ADSL speeds can vary depending on the following factors:

Factors outside of your control:

  • How far your home/ office is from the local telephone exchange.
  • Level of network congestion. The number of other services being used in the same copper cable by other customers
  • The quality of your copper phone line.

Factors within your control:

  • Whether you are directly connected to the modem via an ethernet cable or using a Wi-Fi connection.
  • The quality of equipment:
    • Wiring and wall sockets. Check that the wiring and wall sockets in your home isn't corroded or otherwise damaged.
    • Modem. If your modem is old or experiences regular faults it may be a good idea to source a new one. Many ADSL contract plans will include a supplied modem, and while these are rarely the fastest models, they do have the advantage of being fully supported by your ISP.
    • ADSL central filter. ADSL connectivity relies on filtering the ADSL signal (as distinct from the voice phone signal) out to your modem. If your filter is faulty in some way it can seriously impact your ADSL braodband speed, and it's a very easy fix for simple ADSL woes.

ADSL vs ADSL2+ speeds

ADSL ADSL2+
  • Download: Up to 8Mpbs
  • Upload: Up to 384Kbps
  • Download: Up to 24Mbps
  • Upload: Up to 3Mbps

How to choose the right ADSL and ADSL2+ plan for your business

Telcos offer a wide variety of ADSL Internet plans at varying prices depending on such factors as monthly data limits, support, contract duration and included hardware. This can become overwhelming when researching which Internet plan is best for your business. The following section will break down the essential things you need to know and compare when choosing which provider and plan are right for your business.

Steps to apply for ADSL

  1. Check that your address is eligible for ADSL with the ISP you are interested in applying with.
  2. If your address is connected to the ISP's network you can apply for a 'on-net' plan which uses network wires that are owned by the ISP. If there are no network ports available or your address is not connected to the ISP's network, then you may be able to purchase an 'off-net' ADSL plans with the ISP, typically using Telstra's ADSL network capabilities.
  3. Choose the plan size and contract term with your ISP and apply.
  4. Wait for the ISP's technicians to connect your telephone line to the network exchange. This process typically takes 3-5 business days. If you also need a new telephone line installed this will take an additional 5-7 business days.

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