In today's world, it seems that bundling your services is the only way to save any money on your Internet, television and phone bills. While in the past there were different providers for each of these services, now nearly all providers of any of these three services also offer the rest. However, unlike the past where telephone companies provided the Internet and telephone services and cable companies provided television programming, now several major technologies are capable of providing all three simultaneously.
The Convergence of Technology
Although now all of these services are offered together over the same connection to your home, in the past these services were all offered through several different technologies. When telephone service was offered over a telephone line, the same line used to transmit voice data became the best way for Internet providers to offer the new service. However, this meant that you were unable to use your telephone service while also using the Internet.
Now, all three of these wonderful services are offered by many different providers over only one line to your home.
Using Cable for Internet, TV and Telephone Services
Cable has proven to be a favorite for service providers over the last 20 years. While much of the groundwork had already been lain, this excellent and high-bandwidth solution provided service providers with a low-cost means of providing all three services for a price that end users loved.
This technology has evolved and expanded in recent years. Although cable was originally used to transmit analog signals, now cable signals are purely digital. The change from analog to digital enabled service providers to cram more digital data into the lines which drastically increased the quality and quantity of information transportation available to them. Now cable is able to provide high-speed Internet, HD television programming and crystal clear digital phone service over the same line to millions of people simultaneously.
Satellite Technology and its Capabilities
For users who may choose a more rural life away from the hustle and bustle of city life, cable may not be an option to receive these services. For these users, the best alternative is a satellite service provider. Although satellites have been used for years to provide television service, they are now capable of providing the same services as cable. Although telephone and television services are mostly the same, there is one drawback to using satellite Internet. Because of the time involved with the sending and receiving of the signal, this form of Internet will have much higher latencies than a physically connected option.
Fiber Optics, The Way of the Future
Although fiber-optic lines have been in use at head-ends of major service providers for many years, it is only recently that fiber-optic connections have become available to the population. By utilizing a fiber-optic connection, end-users are able to experience much higher speeds for their Internet service, as well as increased phone clarity and incredibly clear HD signals for television service.
Fiber-optic services are still in their infancy because of the high cost associated with the initial groundwork involved, but it will almost certainly become the default means of transferring data of all kinds around the world in the near future.