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Mobile broadband signal issues explained

Mobile broadband has made significant strides in the past few years, especially with the upgrade from 3G to 4G, to the extent that it is comparable with terrestrial broadband in many instances. The main consideration for many is the speed and reliability of mobile broadband still, and there are several factors to keep in mind when thinking about changing your current mobile broadband service or considering it for the first.

While different providers will have different speeds and reliability, the user’s own usage patterns and location are the main factors that actually affect service, so it’s worth taking this into account when you’re considering changing your service.

The main factor is location. 4G signal is available almost everywhere, except some places where 3G is still used. Some remote areas will see broadband signals significantly lower than normal. Furthermore, there are more local considerations specific to the user’s home that have an affect also. Things like the thickness of building walls, distance from the local signal tower, and any obstructions between you and the tower all have an impact on the signal.

Another factor to bear in mind is that if you use a MiFi, which involves the ability to allow multiple devices to share a mobile internet connection, then the more devices using the signal the slower the speed will be.

The main providers of mobile broadband are Three, EE, O2, and Vodafone. All major networks have been rolling out 4G in recent years. These providers offer mobile broadband that is a legitimate alternative to ADSL, and are well worth considering depending on your needs and location.