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Why is ADSL asymmetric?

An ADSL line can cope with transferring a set number of bits per second - the bitrate - regardless of direction.

This can be varied to allow more bits to download rather than upload and vice versa.

As ADSL is intended for client computers rather than servers it has been configured to increase the download speed which in turn reduces the upload speed.

This type of connection is known as asymmetric.

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