Is Mobile Broadband the Future of Internet?

Mobile devices are omnipresent, and you may find them everywhere. With you, your friends, acquaintances, and the strangers that you passed by on the busy road. But, Did you know that mobile broadband is catching up with the other forms of broadband on various parameters? The most important ones being the speed, and quality of the connection.

Mobile broadband entails many benefits with it, the most important being the ability to be flexible with your usage. You don't get restricted by wires and may take your connection anywhere you want. This removes the excessive hassles generated by land-based telephony or broadband connection.

The proof of this could be gauged from the number of mobile connections in the UK. There were a whopping 66million users for mobile based connection, that puts 80% of the British population under its purview! While land-based internet connection was only used by 31% of the users in the UK.

Advantages of Mobile broadband over Landline.

Availability

As has been asserted above, mobile broadband is available everywhere! However, the same couldn't be said for land-based broadband, which may not be available for rural setting. This could be attributed to the infrastructural problems that the ISP may face when trying to lay out land-based connections. While it doesn't stand true for the mobile based broadband, which only requires a ubiquitous tower. Such towers may easily be laid out through the length and breadth of the country.

This ensures that the user is connected to the internet at all times. You can't take your fixed LAN with you, can you? You may be in the most remote part of the country, you may not find a place for shelter. But you may be sure of getting a signal! That is quite telling of the omnipresent nature of the mobile broadband.

Easy to use

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Mobile broadband is literally the definition of "work as you go". While using mobile broadband you don't have to think about taxing details like the wires, equipment, phone, router etc. All you need is your good old phone, and you are set to go! It's very easy to connect to the server, is relatively hassle free, and doesn't require you to log-on to any preset login page.

What is the best part about mobile broadband? The fact that you may use it with any mobile device, unrestricted by the make and model. And you could be sure of getting the speeds as promised by your provider. While the same doesn't hold true for land-based broadband, where many factors may play spoiler in and won't let you get the promised speeds.

It's always on

Only one incident may stop you from being connected, the mobile tower falling! But rest assured that it rarely, if ever, happens. As long as you are within range of a mobile tower, and could make certain that you are receiving a good signal. You would be connected to the internet, no matter what.

While that may not be the case with the fixed landline, which may be attributed to many factors that may play spoilsport. Factors like natural calamities, man-made calamities or animal calamities ( rat bites! ) If even one of them happens to your connection, you may lose it altogether.

Wires are the lifelines for wired connections, sans which they would be useless. While mobile towers are the provider of life for mobile phones, and their common presence would have you connected to the internet at all times!

Speeds

Gone are the days when 3G would hold you down, in terms of speeds. With the arrival of the blazingly fast 4G, you could be sure of getting speeds either on par or more than land based broadbands. A major lot of UK providers provide speeds well above 50mbps! Coupled that with the availability, and you would have too sweet a deal to miss out on!

Comparing that to the land-based connections. They do provide for good speeds, but that usually comes with a price tag way higher than that charged by mobile operators ( as they provide a limited bandwidth ). While mobile broadband is cheaper and would provide you access to the internet at all times, no matter what the time or the setting.

Add-ons

While landline-based broadband may ask for many software requirements, mobile broadband doesn't ask you for any. It is as have been mentioned, "touch and go". You don't have to set up a login page, buy a router, phone, etc. for it. All it takes is the touch on the screen, to enable broadband connectivity. And you would be good to go!

While Landline broadband often requires you to go through the hectic process of logging in and connecting each time you arrive at home. It is quite counterproductive for those of you who are prone to easily forgetting your password. Forgetting your password results in the implication of restriction on your internet usage, and a long talk with the customer care to find a resolution for the issue.

Disadvantages of Mobile Broadband when pitted against Landline

Isn't suitable for people rarely on the move

Mobile broadband may be the go-to broadband for the majority of the people on the move. But if you are readily restricted to the confines of your home every day, then it may be hard to find a quality signal. This could be credited to the walls of your home cordoning off the signal. And limiting your device's access to a high-quality signal. You may also find your mobile broadband falling out of the range of the signal. As you move further away from the source or are limited by the paucity of sources present.

This problem isn't seen with Landlines. The basis of which is the fact that they are connected to the source at all times, through the myriad of wires laid out from the receiver end to the source. But, problems may arise if such a wire is tampered with, either intentionally or unintentionally. Then it may result in the loss of the signal.

Economic Factor

Let's be realistic, mobile broadband isn't cheap if you want high bandwidth. When you compare it with land-based broadband, you may find serious discrepancies in the pricing structure. This may be accredited to the cost of laying out mobile infrastructure, which has to be more intensely laid out, as compared to land lines. One tower has to be present within some set prescribed limit, usually 10 kilometres. While there is no such limit for land-based connection, with any number of connections being connected to the primal tower.

This particular factor may prove to be the deal breaker for many, resulting in an inherent inclination towards the land-based variant. But as has been mentioned, there are reasons to back such a problem. Such reasons that may soon have solutions found for them. But till such a time is reached, economically land-based broadband holds sway over its mobile based counterpart.

Bandwidth Restrictions

It would be near nigh impossible to find an "unlimited" no fringes attached plan for a mobile broadband. Mobile based broadband usually imply a limit on their users, which varies from one provider to the other but is usually within the 50 GB mark. Such a restriction curtails your browsing experience, making it impossible to do more than "casual" browsing, which includes the most minimal of streaming.

This isn't an issue with land-based broadband, wherein the user may be provided with unlimited broadband plans. Such plans cater well to the needs of heavy users, users who have a high amount of inbound traffic. It could well suit the explorers amongst you, where you may use more than 100Gbs of individual data every month. With mobile-based broadband, such a foray may come with a heavy cost to the user, which may be unviable for you.

Quality consideration

With the omnipresent mobile broadband comes the condition of signal drops. You may be based at a place that is far away from the point of the signal, this would result in unaccounted for signal drops, which would ruin the whole experience for you completely. You have to be in the vicinity of a mobile tower at all times, just to have access to better quality signals. Foregoing this detail, you may experience a major loss in signal, and a tendency of your connection to drop at random moments.

This isn't a problem with land-based broadband. This could be accorded to it being connected to the source at all times, via well laid out wires which connect the source to the receiver. A loss in signal is only experienced when such a connection is tampered with or is unintentionally shunned. But such an event has a slim chance of happening, so you may rest assured that a constant stream of signal would be maintained.

Latency Factor

The gamers amongst you may well understand the importance of latency or ping. But what is not known to most of the people is the fact that it plays a major role in Video calls too. The quality of voice calls depend on the latency, higher the latency tardier would be the voice call, but lower the latency, and you would have access to crisp and clear quality voice over features. Latency is vital to the performance of internet calls and games played online.

When pitting mobile based broadband against the landline. Mobile performs horrendously against the landline in the latency department. The Latencies received under such a package are usually sub-par, and when compared to a landline are outrightly degrading and derisive. They may sometimes run into the thousands, while the ones for landlines are usually within 100 ( based on your distance from the source ).

Such a problem with latency is usually attributed to the signal losses experienced by mobile broadband. Due to the various hurdles is supposed to go through before it reaches the user. This is not a major disadvantage against the mobile internet if casual browsing is on your mind, but may seem so if you plan on playing online games.

Still, there is a very high possibility that mobile broadband may well outdo all its detractors. This presumption is based on the following points, having been elucidated and put in front of you.

How could mobile broadband win over other forms?

Improvement in Technology

With the arrival of the newer entrant to the market, the 5G technology, everything is going to run much faster and smoother. 5G is known to be as fast as Fibre broadband, even faster in some cases! It is quite a revolutionary technology, which may, in turn, make mobile internet cheap and more efficient. The network providers wouldn't have to push up tariffs based on the need to set up infrastructure. As the ones laid out for the 4G would work as well for the 5G.

Unrestricted bandwidth

With the onset of the 5G services, coupled with the possibility of them being the cheapest amongst the lot. The providers would, in turn, lower the prices. And they may also come up with customer-friendly schemes to woo the customers. As the benefits accrued due to lower running costs would be passed onto you. This means that a time may come when we may actually have unlimited access to mobile internet.

Such a scenario may provide the much-needed impetus to push us into using it for everything. Even heavy tasks like streaming. Which you, as a mobile internet customer may have avoided till now. This may change the way we consume information completely.

The unfailing love for mobile devices

Due to the world turning more and more inwards. And being stuck with their mobile devices, at all times. The possibility of it being the go-to device for us to access the internet is humongous. This would nudge the providers into creating schemes well catered to your needs.

The possibility of mobile broadband overtaking all the other forms of broadband is huge. This is based on the presumption that the populace is turning more and more inwards every day. It is hard for us to imagine life, sans our mobile phones. This could, in turn, mean that we may, in the near future, consume all the information on our mobile devices. This is quite telling on the fine footprint that mobile based broadband is soon to leave on our lives. The possibilities of mobile internet are immense and far too many to count!



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