If you’re experiencing low speeds and fibre based broadband isn’t available to you currently, there are other ways to connect to broadband. Below are some of the options you may want to consider. You may need to try and see which one works best for your location as the service can vary depending on a number of things including distance from masts, obstructions and aerial location.
4G broadband uses 4G rather than a fixed line (such as a phone line or fibre optic cable) to deliver internet access. A conventional broadband service is wired all the way to your router, whereas 4G broadband is wireless in the same way as getting mobile data on your phone is wireless.
A broadband router can be installed to connect your property to broadband via a 4G mobile network. It doesn’t mean using a mobile phone, and you don’t need cables or a phone line. An external antenna can be attached to the side of your property in areas where a 4G signal might not be strong indoors.
5G broadband is the next step on from 4G broadband. It is connected in the same way as 4G broadband, but it uses the latest 5G technology giving you faster download and upload speeds.
Satellite broadband is a satellite internet service that is transmitted using a wireless connection via a satellite dish, similar to those used for satellite TV. A satellite transfers data to and from a dish attached to your property to bring you broadband. Unlike fixed wireless broadband where the radio communication is made with ground-based masts, satellite broadband communicates to a satellite that is orbiting the earth.
Fixed wireless broadband, also known as Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), is a type of internet access where connections use radio signals rather than cables. A fixed wireless connection uses an antenna to pick up a broadband signal from a nearby mast or transmission tower on the ground, to deliver broadband to your property. This eliminates the need for cables or phone lines.