If you’re tired of missing out on the biggest boxsets thanks to slow internet speeds, then it’s time to look for an upgrade. Whether you’re trying to work from home or the kids want to play online games with their friends, you’ll need broadband that can cope.
We’ll cover the different types of rural broadband internet you could have and the pros and cons of each. There are six broadband options available to rural homes and businesses:
- Fixed Wireless
Fibre broadband has been rolled out across most of the UK, with over 90 percent of the country now enjoying fast internet speeds. In most cases, fibre is the best and fastest option, offering unlimited broadband to all users.
Full fibre broadband is served entirely by cutting-edge fibre optic cable that runs from the exchange, all the way to your home or business. It’s known as Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and is an upgrade on traditional Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) systems which were more of a short-term solution.
The price of fibre broadband can be the highest of the options available to you but costs are becoming more competitive. Fibre broadband is available to rural customers, with Gigaclear actually providing faster internet speeds than most, if not all, urban providers.
The most widely used option throughout the UK, standard (ADSL) broadband is available to all but the most remote of areas. Because it’s so readily available, it’s also the cheapest option.
If you have a standard broadband package, the speed of connection you’ll receive directly correlates with how far you are from the nearest telephone exchange. The further you are, the slower your internet speeds.
Standard broadband has been the staple for several years now, but in many places it hasn’t been updated since it was first introduced. This means it’s sometimes capped at 17MB which is often too slow for many homes and businesses.
Areas with 4G indoor coverage can enjoy fast mobile broadband without the need for line rental charges. The coverage is better outdoors than indoors but the 4G network now reaches around 95 percent of the UK population.
As we’re all aware, 4G can be patchy and inconsistent, especially as you move out of the cities and towns and into more rural areas. The UK is actually ranked 41st in the world for 4G coverage, showing just how much room for improvement there still is. If 4G is unavailable, you’ll automatically receive 3G which isn’t as fast.
It’s also one of the more expensive options in this list, with limits placed on usage and heavy charges if you go over your allocated amount.
"The UK is actually ranked 41st in the world for 4G coverage..."
Fixed Wireless Broadband
This option is often wanted by communities that are looking for a wide-scale solution that can benefit all residents. A centrally placed transmitter is installed in an area and then broadband is sold to local people. Those that signup are given a receiver to place in their property.
If you’re using fixed wireless broadband, then your speeds are usually pretty good, but they can vary from one provider to another. It’s usually offered by regional companies but there’s no guarantee they already have a transmitter in your area.
Even if they do have, or plan to have, a transmitter in your village, they might decide that your house is too far away and won’t receive a good enough signal.
The idea behind bonded broadband is that by combining multiple lines, you’ll create a single, faster one. It’s only available from specialist providers but it can be a successful way of significantly improving internet speeds in areas that can’t have other broadband options.
It’s usually businesses that benefit most from bonded broadband solutions, primarily because the startup and monthly fees are so high. It can be used in some households but should only really be considered if none of the other options are viable.
"It’s usually businesses that benefit most from bonded broadband solutions, primarily because the startup and monthly fees are so high."
Satellite broadband is available everywhere in the UK. Despite this, it’s only offered by a select number of providers. This is because it’s expensive, both in the short and long-term. Initial installation fees and monthly bills are high.
There’s no need to have a phone line but you will need to buy specialist equipment. If you are able to find packages for satellite broadband, then there’ll probably be significant limits on the amount of data that you’re able to download on a monthly basis.
If no other options are available, then satellite broadband is suitable for the basics like social media and browsing, but because of the technology involved, it’s unsuitable for gaming and video calls.
Choosing the Right Option
It can be difficult to get your head around each of the broadband options and which solution is best for you. Rural broadband internet doesn’t have to be slow or expensive, especially now that some providers are offering fibre broadband in remote locations.
You’ll need to think about setup fees, monthly costs and how fast you need your broadband to be to meet your specific needs. Some might be cheaper than others, but they might not offer the same fast connection. You’ll just be back finding a replacement in six months when you’re tired of the same slow internet speeds.
We’d recommend fibre broadband as it’s fast, consistent and the rates are competitive. You’re able to enjoy as fast a connection as if you were in a town or city thanks to providers that offer fibre in rural areas.
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