What Is Broadband

Believe it or not, we often see in our search history: what is broadband, suggesting even though many of us use it, technically we don’t know what it is other than fast internet.

OK, lets start with a technical description: The term broadband refers to the wide bandwidth characteristics of a transmission medium and its ability to transport multiple signals and traffic types simultaneously.

The medium can be coax, optical fiber, twisted pair or wireless.


A broadband connection is a high-speed internet connection.

The much hyped NBN, when its fully installed will provide broadband speeds that are significantly faster than have been experienced in the past.

Any type of broadband connection is usually many times faster than a dial-up connection.

Broadband Connections

There are quite a few ways you can connect to broadband—like with a ‘fixed broadband’ connection at home, where you can connect your device to a modem with a cable, or use radio waves to connect devices with a wireless connection.

You can also have a mobile broadband connection—like with a USB modem which makes a wireless connection to mobile phone towers to give you fast internet.

You can also get broadband through a satellite dish, or on an internet-connected mobile phone.

Some phones can even share their internet connection with other devices.