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DSL access is the most common internet connection in Germany.

Internet-surfing via DSL access is the most common internet connection in Germany. Using such a internet connection, currently one can receive up to 52 Mbit/s data from the internet. Because of a persistent price war on the market over the past years, the costs for fast DSL connection were clearly on decrease.

What does DSL mean?

The abbreviation DSL means in full length Digital Subscriber Line. It describes a digital data transfer matrix method via telephone cable. Via DSL one reaches significantly higher transfer speeds (up to 500 Mbit/s) compared to an analogue modem (up to 56 Mbit/s) or a digital ISDN connection (with two bunched channels each with 64 kbit/s), since a higher frequency range of the telephone cable can be utilized. The frequency range is subdivided by splitter into telephone calls and web connections so that telephoning and internet surfing is possible at the same time.

Where is DSL available?

DSL via telephone line is often only available area-wide in towns. Anyway, despite the still existing coverage gap, DSL is the standard internet connection in Germany by now. The wide spreading of DSL is concerned with the increasing availability of DSL as well as the significantly dropped prices. Admittedly, the DSL frequency range is limited when the destination from telephone socket to switching centre is too far. This is especially the case in rural areas as houses are often quite far away from the next switching centre. In these areas the DSL availability is either not at all or only with considerably decelerated speed. To find out if DSL is locally available, one can contact the DSL provider via the web page.

What do I need for a DSL access?

Basic requirement for a DSL access is a telephone line. A so-called splitter, which is connected to the telephone mainlines, will in turn be connected to the telephone and the DSL modem or DSL router. Meanwhile the splitter isolates the DSL signal form the telephone call, the DSL modem is in charge of the data processing. All this allows a simultaneous internet-surfing and telephoning. If several computers have to get internet access, a router has to be connected. The DSL access software is normally quite easily installed. If there are anyway problems with the installation most providers have got a free connecting service.

Which DSL providers are there?

There are numerous DSL providers offering package deals on the German market. Those are to be recommended as they offer a telephone- and DSL-connection from one source for a favorable all-inclusive price. Furthermore, it is also possible to choose another DSL provider than the one from the hitherto existing telephone provider. If you want to keep your Telekom telephone jack, you can choose offers with Telekom connection.
Here you'll find an overview of all DSL providers.

Which DSL speeds are there?

The maximum transfer rate with an analogue telephone connection amounts to only 56 kbit/s, with an ISDN access 128 kbit/s and with a DSL access nowadays between 2.000 kbit/s and 52.000 kbit/s. The clear speed differences are one reason why only a few people are still internet-surfing via ISDN or even via analogue modem. Especially considering that it nowadays turned out to be nearly impossible because of the overloading of websites with animations and flash-contents. For offers with different speeds one has to keep in mind that providers like to use the formulation “with up to” meaning that a guarantee for an actual speed is rarely issued.
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