Mediacom Business Insight Series: Cable vs. DSL High Speed Internet

Written by Kristi Salmon on March 25, 2015.

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Explore the practical differences between DSL and Cable high speed Internet in this whitepaper, written for business decision-makers.  We compared the benefits and challenges of Cable and DSL technology in four key areas: speed, distance, consistency, and availability.  Both DSL and Cable will deliver broadband connectivity, but which one is the best option for your business?  We believe our solutions – which are built upon the cable industry’s exclusive DOCSIS 3.0 technology – will better position any size business.

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In today’s fast paced environment, small and medium-sized businesses need reliable and powerful broadband options that offer both flexibility and affordability.  When DSL and Cable high speed Internet capabilities are compared, the choice becomes evident:

  • Speed: Top-tier Cable providers are supplying speeds of 100 Mbps using DOCSIS 3.0, above the accepted minimum of 50 Mbps, while DSL on average delivers around 20 Mbps
  • Distance: Cable is designed for transmitting data and is not sensitive to distance. Unlike DSL where quality decreases over distance, it doesn’t matter how far you are from your high-speed Internet Cable provider, you will always enjoy the same broadband speeds
  • Consistency:  It is critical for businesses to have consistently reliable Internet access for their operations. A recent study showed that Cable based services on average delivered 102% of advertised speeds during peak periods while DSL sat on 91%
  • Availability: Cable high-speed Internet doesn’t have the distance issues that restrict DSL provision. Cable-based services can be easily rolled out to cities and rural areas as it utilizes the same infrastructure as cable TV

Planning for the future as well as delivering speeds today that enable fast operations and technical innovation is essential. As technology changes, so do the needs of small and medium-sized businesses, and infrastructure must be flexible to meet the needs of this ever changing market.  When the deliverability of both DSL and Cable high speed Internet is examined, it is Cable that clearly comes out ahead with the ability to give businesses what they need now and in the future.