For individuals who would like to be able to access the internet whilst out and about, mobile broadband is now widely available; but what is mobile broadband, actually, and how do you use it?
Mobile broadband is the perfect solution for business travelers who spend a lot of time on trains, or people who live in temporary accommodation for some of the year such as students, who may not want to spend out on expensive yearly home-based internet connections. It is very helpful for those who use the internet on the go.
How does it work?
Mobile broadband is delivered “over the air”, and that makes the connection process much faster. You just order 4G router and connect the power and turns it on. Then you connect your computer or phone to it with the WiFi password, and you’re done. The website mobilt has covered this in detail.
In simple terms, mobile broadband is high-speed internet access via mobile networks. But because it is wireless, mobile broadband is absolutely reliant on a strong network signal. Otherwise you may not get the best speeds or any connection at all. So be sure to check the coverage for the vendor you plan to use before ordering.
Mobile Broadband is Great for Areas without other options
At present, 4G broadband is comparable in speed to a traditional fixed-line broadband connection. It can be quicker than ADSL fixed-line broadband and can even approach fibre optic performance. But the downside is the data quotas that comes with it. We all are waiting and have been waiting for a while on the no-quota subscriptions on mobile broadband, but it seems like we’re going to have to wait even longer.
Using mobile broadband connections at home
One of the greatest advantages of using a 4G broadband connection for your home broadband is that you don’t need to get any physical lines installed in your house or apartment. You connect wirelessly, and that’s all there is to it. Usually there is no large installation or activation fees either, since there is no actual installation to take place. You do everything yourself. But again, using mobile broadband at home will depend on wireless coverage at your location – so check that first.
You will also have the opportunity to be flexible on your contracts. If you use very much data one month, you can switch to a larger package, and if you use less than you thought you would, just switch to a smaller package and save some money the next months.
Most data usage caps are from around 100-200 GB per month, but there are some who go to even double of that. So the possibility to stream a lot of videos and music with mobile broadband for home connection is definately available.
5G – What can we expect?
With 5G the capacity in the net is significantly increased, so I would say that we could expect higher data usage caps for this type of internet connections. Much higher! But then again, we would have to wait for it to be installed all over, and that would take time. The ISP’s are always focusing on the development mainly in the urban regions, since there are the most people and most potential customers. One of the first 5G companies in the world is ice net, and they have ready to switch on the transmitters in Norway for over a year already. Read the article: ICE Net – Hvorfor så bra egentlig? and get all the insights of their 5G rollout.
But we can expect 5G to roll out all over the world in time. Anyway, 4G is well established around the western world already, and the speed and capacity are very good in most places, so I cannot see any reason for you not to get a mobile broadband connection in 2020 for yourself when you travel, or even for your home.