Wireless Internet

Traditional Internet access has been provided over physical wires or fibre optic cables from the street to the customer premises. With the development of technologies over recent years this has resulted in the dramatic increases in speed that is currently available to the majority of the UK.

However, even in 2022, there are areas of the UK, that can only get a standard broadband service, based on the old ADSL technology. Often this is a slow service due either to the distance the premises is from the exchange or the equipment installed in the exchange is not capable of anything faster.

So what are the alternatives?

The three main options are effectively all wireless Internet Connections.

  • Wireless Internet – across the UK, and focussed on rural areas e.g., Rural Lincolnshire, provision of a fast internet connection using wireless technologies is fast becoming the main alternative to a fixed wired connection. Reliant only on a line-of-sight connection from a main signal mast. Once connected and setup and configured the connection remains available 24/7, with no download limits and is generally of a fixed speed, depending upon the plan. Speeds can be up to 1GB/s download with uploads generally at 50% of download speed.
  • Mobile Broadband – with the majority of the UK (81% for the main UK networks) having a good 4G mobile signal indoors, this can provide a broadband internet connection speed of up to 24MBps, which provides a usable connection speed for most rural businesses. There are plenty of providers but end users should have an unlimited data package on the mobile broadband SIM as otherwise costs can dramatically increase if you go over your data allowance.
  • Satellite Broadband – previously the realm of remote locations but with a large budget available, satellite broadband is generally expensive to provide as there are only limited providers and also is limited in speed to generally less than 30MB. However, with the deployment of Elon Musk’s Starlink network of satellites, fast broadband in remote and rural locations can be available to these businesses at a “reasonable” cost. Speed and coverage will depend upon location but with increasing numbers of satellites, then this may become a viable connection route for some businesses

““Mike and the team at Flexicomms offer a first rate service for all our telephone and Wi-Fi needs and I’m pleased that we’ve switched our business needs to be managed by Flexicomms. From our initial meetings, Mike provided realistic, relevant and affordable options followed by hassle free installation and ongoing support. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Flexicomms”.

Ian Robinson, General Manager, White Hart Hotel