Fixed high speed Internet and mobile broadband are popular topics these days and I frequently receive questions about these issues.
I’m not an expert on things like that.
So, I call upon Spencer Hogg, who is a broadband expert.
He wrote today’s guest post to inform you about the pro’s and con’s of fixed high speed Internet connections versus mobile broadband.
If you want to know which route to take in the near future, this article is for you.
Here comes Spencer.
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Until recently the very phrase “high-tech” referred to, in most peoples’ minds, the quickly changing computer industry and the ability for most to obtain excellent service, good download speed and package options for their home or office computer.
The desktop tower is today still a fixture in homes and businesses. But the rapid evolution of high speed internet options and the 3G and 4G networks (see below) has raised questions concerning the choice of internet options and connection and getting the most for your money.
The Major Advantages of Fixed High Speed Internet Options
Today most homes and business computers are connected to a DSL or cable modem, which allows rapid upload/download, lightning-fast connection to web content and the ability to view an extensive amount of streamed material.
Because the network is so large and uses a huge number of servers the reliability is extraordinarily high.
And cable service is constant so long as the bill is being paid, so there is very little chance of drop-offs or interruptions due to bad weather or usage limits.
Also since most of these services are operated by established cable companies, the account holder often saves a large sum of money by bundling their TV, telephone and Internet into one package.
A cable delivering television programming can also carry the Internet signal and the phone service with ease.
A Few Restrictions of Fixed High Speed Internet Options like Cable and DSL Internet
Of course the user of a cable modem must have a computer physically attached to the input source or employ a wireless transmitter.
The latter has limited range and usually can service a laptop or notebook in the near vicinity but not from a great distance.
Also depending on the operating system, the computer hardware itself and the browser used, the desktop computer is a little trickier when it comes to connecting to services via apps or shortcuts.
The service package includes phone service in most cases, but the phone itself is connected to the modem and is therefore similar to a land-line unit.
The Best & Worst Of 3G And 4G mobile internet
3G describes the 3rd generation of wireless connectivity allowing access to the internet anywhere with a suitable mobile reception from your carrier.
3G internet is typically capable of speeds up to 7.2Mbs although this can be raised with upgrades to the mobile networks.
However, in reality most speeds average around 1Mbps.
By comparison 4G is capable of much faster speeds.
There are two types of 4G technology, WiMAX and LTE.
LTE is the more widespread of the two and has a theoretical maximum upload speed of 300Mbps though real life speeds are likely to be in the 5Mbps – 15Mbs range putting it on a par with good fixed line cable internet options.
4G is capable of these faster speeds by splitting the data over a range of radio frequencies which enables more data to be transferred per second.
Smart phones are evolving rapidly and the innovations of the early 21st century such as twittering and emailing are now well-established; the race is on to have these small pocket-sized devices serve as a mini-computer that connects to everything one desires.
It is indeed wonderful how the latest in smart phone technology allows the user to pay a bill, purchase concert tickets and post on social networks in the wink of an eye.
And of course these options are available no matter where the user is located.
4G networks allow individuals to take advantage of data hungry activities that would normally require a fixed high speed internet connection such as downloading movies or steaming video (though be careful to check for exceeding data caps if you use a 3G or 4G mobile broadband connection for this).
But of major concern is the reliability.
Broadband width is at a premium and the demand far outsize’s the availability.
The network platform differs from one part of the world to the other, with Europe using a single communications connection structure and North America using two.
The cost of these packages is greater than that of a typical fixed high speed internet like a cable connection and the options are usually extra. Family plans are available but will appeal only to those who wish to do most of their calling, data transfer and TV viewing on these small devices.
Also the industry that manufactures telephones and computer hardware is rapidly becoming slave to the network companies. They must produce the products according to the communications services requirements rather than develop technology on their own.
In the next few years there will be more design changes to smart phones, iPads and notebooks, because the very structure of the broadband networks continue to evolve.
Expect the price to drop for full services and features as well as better international availability no matter what device is used.
So, what’s your take on fixed high speed internet and mobile broadband?
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