If I have POTS, do I likely have access to ISDN?

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Jan 4th, 2008

Stupid question:

Imagine on a location with analog phone services (no DSL, cable, etc) I need to provide decent Internet access.

If I have a POTS line, does it mean that most likely ISDN will be available there?

Correct Answer by Paolo Bevilacqua about 9 years 1 month ago

It depends by the country and telco. Certain ones have universal ISDN availability, others spotty, others not at all!

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Paolo Bevilacqua Fri, 01/04/2008 - 14:31

It depends by the country and telco. Certain ones have universal ISDN availability, others spotty, others not at all!

PAUL TRIVINO Fri, 01/04/2008 - 16:25

In the U.S. (in my experience) you would likely have ISDN available in ANY metro area >25,000 population (maybe over 50,000 population).

That said, for the money (in my experience), *try* to get cable or DSL. ISDN BRI is about 128K for $50/month, even a crappy DSL connection would be 400K for $25/month.

Closed course, professional driver, your mileage may vary, etc. etc.

Paul

chschroe Sat, 01/05/2008 - 13:17

I also strongly suggest trying 3G cellular. Here in the US that will cover you at least up to the speed of ISDN basically everywhere for $60 to $80.

In major metros, that's a reliable effective throughput of 1.5 mbps from AT&T and VZ, your mileage may vary on Sprint.

As for other countries, UMTS at least and with HSDPA is very widespread in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Ozzieland and the hardware is the same.

Better than ISDN any old day.

NS

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