Internet Usage Patterns & Technologies:

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Internet Usage Patterns & Technologies:
What Business can see?

It can not be denied that the internet has brought about a revolution. It was not possible before to have that much cost effective and comfortable way for to interact with each other. Internet has also changed the business world with its numerous usages. Internet applications provide many benefits for individuals as well as various businesses. It’s a within reach and affordable gadget for the modern generation. It means that more & more people are accessing it and these people are using internet for a number of various activities.

The report takes a closer look at of the various uses of internet by UK households and what is the impact of internet technologies on their uses. It also suggests the possible potential for business in the online user market, what are the most attractive fields and area to concentrate on and what kind of business should go for the internet usage. This report focuses mainly on what activities and applications dominate the pattern of internet usage in different types of households and considering these activities what should businesses do to capture online users attention. At the same time, it examines how different access technologies change the range of activities. However, to fully understand why and how various UK households use internet and which type of internet access technologies they use, it is vital to fully understand the potential for the Internet and its accessing technologies.

How access the internet?
There are various internet accessing technologies which can be used to access internet. These include DSL, Cable Modem, Dial up and Broadband. Lets have a closer look at each of these technologies and how these work.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
DSL is an internet accessing technology that uses ordinary copper telephone lines. It is fast and a DSL subscriber can receive data at rates up to 6.1 megabits (millions of bits) per second (of a theoretical 8.448 megabits per second), enabling continuous transmission of motion video, audio, and even 3-D effects. More typically, individual connections will provide from 1.544 Mbps to 512 Kbps downstream and about 128 Kbps upstream. A DSL line can carry both data and voice signals and the data part of the line is continuously connected. DSL competes with the cable modem and satellite transmission for high-bandwidth information reception. Digital data is transmitted to the computer directly as digital data and this allows the phone company to use a much wider bandwidth for transmitting it to the subscriber.

Cable Modem
A cable modem is a device that lets us connect our PC to a local cable TV line and receive data at about 1.5 Mbps. This data rate is much higher than those of telephone modems and is almost similar to the data rate available to the DSL subscribers. A cable modem can be added to or integrated with a set-top box that provides your TV set with channels for Internet access. In most cases, cable modems are furnished as part of the cable access service and are not purchased directly and installed by the subscriber.

Dial Up
A dial up connection is a typical telephone internet access technology. Dial-up uses a telephone connection in a system of many lines shared by many users. A dial-up connection is established and maintained for a limited time duration. Dial-up lines are sometimes called switched lines. This technology is the slowest of all which provides data rate in kpbs. A dial-up connection can be initiated manually or automatically by your computer's modem or other device.

Staying online: Time
Internet has become a very important part of our lives. A common person is spending a lot of his time on internet. As services and activities on the internet is continuously increasing so it is certain that time spent online will be increased. UK households spend different time online depending mainly on the type of...
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