Alternatives to fibre-based Superfast Broadband

There are three alternatives to a wired internet connection:

  • Satellite
  • Mobile phone
  • Radio

Each has advantages and disadvantages and one or more will probably not be available for you, but it may be worth checking if fibre broadband looks to be some way off.

Satellite

Similar to satellite television, it is possible to have a fast broadband connection using a satellite dish. 

Advantages

  • Highly likely to be able to receive faster broadband

Disadvantages

  • Not as fast as fibre broadband
  • Very slow upload
  • Can be susceptible to adverse weather
  • Very expensive

Providers

Mobile Phone

If you are able to receive a 3G or 4G telephone signal somewhere in your house, then you can install a modem that uses the mobile signal. 3G / 4G modems come with antennas that mean you should get a better reception than on your mobile phone. All you need to do is buy an appropriate modem and a SIM card (either PAYG or, preferably, contract).

Advantages

  • Very simple to set up

Disadvantages

  • Most properties have poor to no mobile reception
  • More expensive than fibre (but cheaper than satellite)

Providers

  • All mobile carriers

Radio

Advantages

  • Good speeds (10Mbps - 30Mbps, depending on area package)
  • Reasonable costs

Disadvantages

  • Your local area needs to have been set up by the provider
  • Can be susceptible to adverse weather

Providers

 

See the Rural Broadband Guide provided by broadband.co.uk