To help consumers understand the issues relating to their use of mobile and broadband services, the IMDA has compiled a series of Mobile & Broadband Advice on topics ranging from latency and throughput, to usage issues such as learning to get more from your broadband connection, the benefits of higher bandwidth, and how to go safe online.
Latency is defined as the time taken for a data packet to travel from one point to another and back. In applications which require real-time communications, high latency slows down the communications and may result in quality degradation.
Throughput refers to the amount of data that is successfully transferred from one point of the network to another over a specified period of time. It is usually expressed as kilobits or megabits per second (kbps or Mbps).
How to Get More from Your Broadband Connection
Not having sufficient memory to run the operating system and active applications, an underpowered processor or an outdated browser are just some possible reasons why users may experience below par broadband performance.
Choosing the Right Broadband Plan
With over a dozen broadband Internet plans offering a wide spectrum of prices and speeds, consumers may find it a challenge to choose the right plan.
Benefits of Higher Bandwidth
Having a higher bandwidth means you will be able to achieve a higher data transfer rate which in turn leads to shorter download times.
Mobile Phone Base Stations and Radiofrequency Radiation
IMDA works closely with the National Environment Agency (NEA), the national authority for radiation protection, to ensure that RF radiation safety requirements from mobile phone base stations are met.