Solutions for rural broadband

Having a rural property in the UK is great for so many reasons. Unfortunately for most, good broadband is not one of these.

But all is not lost. Read on and you’ll find out about alternative rural broadband solutions that are available to you today.

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Rural broadband options for UK properties

Do you live in a rural location and are you fed up with your poor rural broadband connection? You're not alone.

There are up to 600,000 homes and businesses across the UK and primarily in rural locations which are currently poorly served by the big telecoms operators when it comes to broadband.

We are on a mission to provide you with the rural broadband service you deserve. Below you'll find a guide to let you know about various solutions to your slow rural broadband. That includes ones that are available right now and others that are coming soon.

Providing reliable rural broadband connections in the country

If you live in the countryside, you'll know how difficult it can be to get a decent internet connection. At National Broadband, we believe that it is everyone’s right to have access to decent, reliable broadband. We are committed to making high-speed rural broadband connections available to all.

The big problem with providing good broadband services in rural and remote areas is that it's prohibitively expensive to put in the infrastructure to do so. That's why rural broadband tends to be much slower and less reliable, with speeds often a fraction of what you find in more densely populated urban areas.

Although BT claims to provide more than 98% of UK households with a standard landline broadband connection, there are many ‘not spots’ where lines are so slow that it's just not possible to get useable broadband. So if you're in in one of these (often rural) areas, you will have to look at alternative methods of getting an internet connection - and that’s where our 4G broadband services come in.

4G Broadband

Only 5 years ago, using 4G to provide rural homes with fast broadband just wasn't an option. But now 4G offers by far the best rural broadband solution to the vast majority of more remote properties.

If you're in a strong 4G coverage area, all you'll need is a 4G WiFi router together with a suitable monthly broadband plan – and you could be online with much faster broadband within 48 hours.

And don’t worry if your mobile shows next to no 4G signal, since in most cases 4G broadband can still be successfully set up at locations with poor 4G signal by having an external antenna installed.We'll also install the same antenna wherever customers want to ensure that their 4G broadband performance is maximised.

Yes, 4G broadband can be a bit more costly to set up, when compared to landline broadband. But if you want fibre-like performance in a rural location, it is your best bet by far.

At National Broadband, we’re rural broadband specialists. Learn more about our services here.

Fast 4G Broadband

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Wireless Broadband

Just like 4G, wireless broadband also delivers its services without relying on cables, wires or landlines. Wireless internet service providers (or WISPs) operate their own local networks and look to provide a broadband solution for properties falling within their coverage.

Again like 4G, wireless broadband is very useful for rural properties where fibre-based broadband services either don’t reach or struggle to perform.

However, wireless networks are hard to keep maintained, which means they can become congested if too many users sign up. They’re also small and widely scattered, so aren’t available in most places.

Still, it’s worth checking out if a wireless ISP is active and offering broadband where you live.

Satellite Broadband

This used to be the only option available to rural properties. While it's definitely not the best, it's still a workable solution, if there’s nothing else available.

The good thing about satellite broadband is that it's available to 100% of the UK, so can be installed anywhere. And when compared with slow landline broadband, it could still be a game-changer.

However, both set-up and monthly costs can be expensive. Also, monthly data plans tend to either be capped or get slowed down to avoid congestion. And finally, you’re likely to experience high latency when online (that’s a slowness for webpages to respond).

But if 4G broadband isn’t yet available to you, satellite broadband is an option to consider.

What Is Satellite Broadband

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Future Solutions

And there are more developments already in the pipeline to offer improved connectivity to rural properties. 2022 will start to see the rollout of low-band 5G to cover rural areas. This will finally provide a rural broadband solution to match even the fastest landline broadband speeds.

Learn more about future rural broadband solutions here.

Superfast 5G Broadband

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