4G / LTE Internet Connections
4G technology offers good excellent speeds and with generally excellent coverage from EE in the South West we can now offer this technology as a viable alternative where existing Broadband installations are either not possible, very slow, or excessively expensive.
With speeds of 20 to 30Mb/s or more 4G, also known as LTE, offers a faster internet connection than is available with ADSL2+ and in some cases better than Fibre Broadband where long telephone lines can sometimes mean very slow speeds. This is often true in rural areas, but many Business Parks in Plymouth and other paces one would expect decent connectivity also have poor connectivity. This is because the Fibre rollout focuses on number of connections against funds committed to a project, and a business appears to have no more weighing than a single home connection when it comes to prioritising the FTTC rollout. In this respect business parks without much housing nearby can have a low density of connections per cabinet compared to a densely populated residential area. Also businesses that are directly connected to an exchange are currently out of luck when it comes to FTTC upgrades, so many businesses in the city centre area only have access to ADSL2+ technology.
We have business grade routers that take a 4G sim card, with good quality antennas and extension cables, that really make the the most of the available 4G signal. The 4G connection can be used as a backup for failover or as your primary connection.
With prices for SIM cards now down to £25/Month for 25GB of data on a 30 day contract, and £50 for 50GB on 24month contracts, this compares favourably with the cost of a Fibre broadband connection, which would cost around £50 per month by the time you weigh in the cost of the Telephone line and the FTTC connection.
The connections perform well, and allow for fast browsing and even HD Video streaming, although that would soon eat into your monthly allowance, so we recommend 4G for business use where staff are generally using email and carrying out online work, without large data needs.
If you’d like to know more please call us on 01752 540540