Mobile Broadband : Fast, Reliable And Convenient

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Imagine cable and DSL internet connections connected wirelessly through cellular communications, that is mobile broadband. Though wireless internet has been available in many forms for a while now, it has only recently been becoming a popular alternative to WiFi. WiFi is quickly losing its edge due to the restraints that comes with it. The problem with WiFi is that if you want to connect, then you must be in a WiFi hotspot and, crucially, you must be stationary. You could say that a WiFi connection is similar to a cordless telephone, whereas mobile broadband is like the mobile telephone, enabling fast internet access, anywhere. Mobile broadband has changed the way businesses operate. Mobile broadband communication now means businesses can have virtual conferences and meetings with their employees and clients anywhere in the world and can quickly update clients and employees with new information.

Mobile broadband works in a similar way to mobile phone communications that use radio waves and frequencies to send and receive data. This digital information is sent in packets to and from the cell phones and telephone communication towers. With standard mobile telephone calls, the data that is transmitted and received is only in an audio format. Alternatively, the digital data that is communicated through cell phones and towers is in various formats such as web page data, audio data, visual data such as videos and also emails.

There are a few different types of mobile broadband, which can make life confusing. Below is a list detailing them:

-The first form of mobile broadband was EDGE, also known as 2.5g. Though it was quite slow and expensive, so take up was poor.

-3g was the second development of mobile broadband. The increased speeds meant that it was a viable option if users were unable to find a suitable WiFi hotspot.

-HSDPA was the next incarnation of mobile broadband which offered slightly increased speeds over WiFi.

-Currently HSUPA is the standard, with bandwidth similar to WiFi speeds.

In the not too distant future is 4g, also known as WIMAX. It is reported that WIMAX will offer much faster speeds than is currently available through most WiFi connections also combined with a wide network coverage ratio. It is becoming commonplace for laptop manufacturers to incorporate mobile broadband receivers into the design of new notebooks, and with the huge increase in speeds of mobile broadband over the last few years; internet via cable may become a thing of the past.

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