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Issue Date: August 2007

ADSL bonding for 20 MB connectivity

1 August 2007

Technology Concepts has come up with a high-speed service that overcomes the congestion and performance limitations associated with normal ADSL, giving you the performance normally only found with multiple 2 MB leased lines.
Leased lines are grossly expensive and limit the bandwidth companies are able to buy; ADSL, on the other hand, is cheap(er) but lacks the performance and quality-of-service leased lines offer.
Local ISP, Technology Concepts (TC), has come up with a new channel-bonding service aimed at business that combines multiple ADSL lines into one powerful Internet connection operating under a static IP address. What is more, TC uses its own local and international bandwidth, skipping the traditional throttled ADSL to internet connection, ensuring its channel-bonding clients actually get the benefit of the high speed link.
The TC Channel-Bonding Service is based on a bonding router developed locally by Alive Technology that accepts up to five ADSL connections, combines them and offers companies one large pipe with a fixed public IP range. The user sees only one connection with a stack of bandwidth.
For example, a company with five 4 Mbps ADSL lines will now have download speeds of up to 20 Mbps and upload speeds of around 1,92 Mbps. TC has removed the hassle factor of managing the ADSL lines and dynamic IP addresses.
According to TC's MD, Wayne de Nobrega, the real benefit of the TC Channel-Bonding Service is that users avoid the poor and erratic throughput every ADSL user experiences when transmitting data over the Internet. Data is directed to TC's data centre from where it uses the company's current two 100 Mbps pipes to get to its local or international destination.
De Nobrega adds that the number of customers on the service will be restricted to ensure customers can burst up to their full allotment of bandwidth. Plans are already in place to expand TC's available bandwidth to cope with additional demands.
Should an ADSL line connected to the router fail, the others simply continue working. There is no downtime or transferring applications from one line to another. The router contains all the hardware needed, no additional modems or routers are required.
Not only does the TC Channel-Bonding Service offer a larger pipe for data, voice and video transmission, it also allows companies to implement effective high-speed inter-branch communications because of its bonding capability. Access to applications will be faster, enabling more people to get and send information and continue with productive work instead of waiting for a server to respond.
To get the bonding service working, the TC router needs to be installed at each customer site. The service is sold on a per gigabyte basis and clients can buy monthly packages starting at 10 GB and moving up to 100 GB. Additional capacity can be bought as and when needed.
The days of being limited by the high costs of leased lines or the low quality and restricted bandwidth of ADSL lines is over. With the TC Channel-Bonding Service, companies are able to make the most of low-cost ADSL connectivity while enjoying high-speed bandwidth with a quality of service few, if any other ISPs in South Africa can deliver.


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