A Short Guide to ADSL & Naked DSL
What is ADSL?
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) or sometimes known as DSL internet is the first generation form of broadband. You can connect your business to ADSL internet using the existing telephone copper wire network. This means that you will often require a phone line (and the associated line rental costs). ADSL is common in outer metro, regional and rural areas but will be replaced by NBN in the coming years.
For many small businesses, ADSL is the foundation of IP communications. An ADSL connection can support simultaneous internet use and voice calling via an IP-based phone system.
What affects ADSL speeds?
There are many factors that can cause ADSL speeds to fluctuate. Signals can be weakened by the distance required to travel between
the telephone interchange (or DSLAM if your areas support Naked DSL) and your business. In outer metro areas - older, warn out copper lines and neighbourhood congestion can also slow down broadband speeds.
ADSL vs ADSL2+
The major difference between ADSL and ADSL2+ internet is the speed each service can deliver. Both connections use the same ADSL technology and need a telephone connection to work, the difference is that ADSL2+ offers a faster broadband connection. Due to limits in the copper line infrastructure, ADSL2+ is not available to all premises.
If you are unsure of what speed is available in your area - please contact us and we can perform a check.
ADSL vs NBN
NBN broadband sends data through fibre optic cables rather than the traditional copper network. This will allow broadband to operate faster than ADSL internet. The NBN rollout is currently underway and is expected to be completed by 2021. In the meantime, your business cannot survive without a broadband connection - so get connected today.
If the NBN reaches your business premises while you are in the middle of an ADSL or ADSL2+ contract, MyNetFone will waive the cancellation fees on your ADSL plan if you upgrade to a MyNetFone NBN broadband service.
Traditional ADSL vs Naked DSL
ADSL and Naked ADSL are both types of broadband that use the landline (copper wire) network. While ADSL requires an active phone line attached to the broadband service, Naked ADSL, also known as Freestanding ADSL, does not.
Why choose Naked DSL?
Naked DSL is available in many regions of Australia. Without the need for a phone line, your business can eliminate costly phone line rental. This can contribute to savings of 50-60% vs traditional providers.
Voice services with Naked DSL
Naked DSL doesn't necessarily mean 'no phone' - you can use an IP-based business phone service. Depending on the requirements of your business you can choose between a MyNetFone SIP Trunk service or a Virtual PBX service. Both transfer voice data over broadband rather than the copper landline network itself, saving your business money. Instead of plugging your old phone directly into the landline connection in the wall, plug your IP phone into your VoIP enabled modem and call away.
What happens to my number if I choose Naked DSL?
When you choose a MyNetFone Naked ADSL2+ service, you will permanently lose your landline (and the associated telephone number) unless you also get a MyNetFone voice service or add another landline connection.
In most scenarios, it does not make sense to add a second (traditional landline) service. The most popular approach is to get a Virtual PBX or SIP trunking phone service. The voice service allows you to make and recieve calls via the MyNetFone IP communications network.
Once you have a voice service, you can then choose to get a new phone number (DID) or bring your existing number. In most cases, it does not cost anything extra. A certain amount of DID phone numbers will be included with your phone plan. And, with MyNetFone, it is usually free to transfer your existing phone number.
Do you have more questions about ADSL? Talk to our team
Or call 1300 733 995