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With the introduction of 4G into the world of connectivity, the lines between the Internet and cellular services have been blurred. In fact, in most of the world, there is little distinction made between the two. And with advancing technology bringing improvements to mobile broadband technology in leaps and bounds, it is not surprising that this type of cellular network is here to stay for a while, side by side with home/office phone and broadband connections.
Benefits of Mobile Broadband
For most people, broadband is the approximate speed they can expect to access the Internet with over a cellular network. It is extremely convenient and is usually enough for people, because it allows sufficient access levels to the Internet. At the same time, mobile broadband allows plenty of freedom in mobility even while the users are connected.
Because of the convenience offered by mobile broadband, users across the world prefer to access the Internet from their mobile devices rather than having to plug into their PCs all the time or seek Wi-Fi hotspots for browsing the web, uploading selfies on their social media accounts, making e-commerce purchases or using it for education and research purposes. Mobile broadband can be accessed on the bus, outdoors, in a coffee shop etc.
Higher speeds available:
With the advent of 4G and the expectations from 5G, people are already accustomed to the high speeds, reliable connectivity and easy access to the Internet through their mobile devices. Of course, in 2014, with broadband connectivity becoming even more affordable, users prefer to stay connected all the time, on the move.
Flexibility and ease of use:
Broadband deals are easy to customize according to needs. They can be a pay as you go deal or on a contract basis. Occasional users as well as regular users can be satisfied according to their requirements for Internet access.
In addition to the flexibility and speed advantages of broadband, access to fast and free networks via 802.1x o direct connections are becoming more tightly controlled. As a result, users prefer to be able to always connect through their mobile devices. Telecom companies across the world – particularly in developing countries – also benefit from mobile broadband. It is far less expensive and far easier to install an infrastructure for mobile broadband than it is to set up the fiber networks that are needed for access to gigabit Ethernet.
Mobile broadband makes use of simple USB dongles that are plug and play. A single dongle can be used across a variety of devices, from tablets to PCs. The widespread compatibility of this type of internet access is a bonus for people that want to have constant connectivity without spending on separate connections for each or having to lay out a Wi-Fi hub infrastructure.
It is not just individual users preferring mobile broadband for tablets and other hand-held devices. Learning institutions and universities across the world are beginning to rely on mobile networks for their Internet needs. One of the major benefits of this type of connectivity for large institutions is that there is no need to build infrastructure, maintain it, or require support from the institution in case of mobile broadband. Installation is simply and access is fast and easy.
Mobile Broadband Usage in Recent Years
The International Telecommunications Union estimated that in 2012, there were a total of 1.1 billion subscriptions for mobile broadband across the world. It was also estimated that this figure had grown by a significant 45 percent since 2008. There is greater availability and prevalence of a variety of mobile devices today – Smartphone, tablets, e-readers – which are always connected through 4G. It is expected that the demand for mobile broadband will rise further. It is clear that mobile broadband is here to stay for a while.
It can be hard to beat the rate at which mobile broadband is available today for tablets and other handheld devices. Contracts start as low as a few dollars a month. There is no need for a landline, a concept that is fast becoming obsolete across the world as the world switches to mobile. Wired broadband connections still typically need a fixed phone line at home, which many people may find redundant.
Added to that are benefits of not having to carry out repetitive software installations after that one initial setup. Mobile broadband also makes an excellent backup in emergency situations when other Internet access fails. Clearly, it is not time to throw away the dongles just yet.
Johngary is a part time tech writer and full time developer of the codes behind mobile phone apps. Click here to learn more about mobile broadband and what it can do for you.