DSL Internet Providers

DSL Internet providers is a term synonymous to DSL service providers. A DSL Internet provider is basically an ISP that provides high-speed DSL access.

ADSL offers a form of DSL, a data communications technology that enables faster data transmission over analog telephone lines than a conventional modem can provide. As compared to other forms of DSL, ADSL has the distinguishing characteristic that the data can flow faster in one direction than the other, i.e., asymmetrically. Providers usually market ADSL as a service for people to connect to the Internet in a relatively passive mode: able to use the higher speed direction for the "download" from the Internet but not needing to run servers that would require bandwidth in the other direction.

Downstream rates start at 256 kbps and typically reach 2 Mbps but can go as high as 8 Mbps over short ranges (so-called VDSL). Upstream rates start at 64 kbps and typically reach 256 kbps but can go as high as 768 kbps. The name ADSL Lite characterises the slower versions.