Internet service providers:

An Internet service provider (ISP, also called Internet access provider or IAP) is a company that offers its customers access to the Internet/world wide web. The ISP connects to its customers using a data transmission technology appropriate for delivering Internet Protocol datagrams, such as dial-up, DSL, cable modem or dedicated high-speed interconnects.
Internet Service Providers charge a monthly fee for their service, the service provider gives you a software package, username, password and access phone number. Equipped with a modem, you can then log on to the Internet and browse the internet, send and receive e-mail. In addition good ISPs should offer support service in case you run into troubleshooting huddles. In the past most ISP’s were run by the phone companies, but now ISP’s can be started by just about anyone. Additional services are domain name registration and web hosting, internet transit dial-up or DSL access and leased line access. ISP’s themselves are connected to one another through Network Access Points (NAPs).

End-User-to-ISP Connection
ISPs employ a range of technologies to enable consumers to connect to their network.
For home users and small businesses, the most popular options include dial-up, DSL (typically Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, ADSL), broadband wireless, cable modem, fiber to the premises (FTTH), and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) (typically basic rate interface).

For customers with more demanding requirements, such as medium-to-large businesses, or other ISPs, DSL (often SHDSL or ADSL), Ethernet, Metro Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Frame Relay, ISDN (BRI or PRI), ATM, satellite Internet access and synchronous optical networking (SONET) are more likely to be used.

Typical home user connection

* Dial Up
* Broadband wireless access
* Cable Internet
* WiFi
Typical business type connection

* Ethernet technologies

When using a dial-up or ISDN connection method, the ISP cannot determine the caller’s physical location to more detail than using the number transmitted using an appropriate form of Caller ID; it is entirely possible to e.g. connect to an ISP located in Mexico from the USA. Other means of connection such as cable or DSL require a fixed registered connection node, usually associated at the ISP with a physical address.

There are very fast developments in Kenya regarding internet connection and speed. We will give you the newest info’s about companies and the changes occurring in the sector,we will also offer interesting links for more details. It is worth to compare the prices and services to get the best deal, because if you sign up with one ISP, it is difficult to jump to another, because you will have invested in equipment and signed a contract for a certain period. Use the information provided here to make a wise choice.

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