DSL

Digital Subscriber Line. A general term for a number of techniques for delivering data over the telephone local loop (between exchange and user) – the copper wires that make up the so called ‘last mile’. Referred to generically as xDSL these offer much greater data speeds than modems on analog lines – up to 32 Mb/s upstream to the computer and 1 Mb/s or more downstream.

See also: ADSL