What is 4G broadband?

At Prestige Telecom Group, we want to make sure your connection needs are met. Sometimes that means finding creative solutions to your broadband issues. 

Over the last month, we have been discussing leased line solutions for businesses, now it’s time to dive into the world of 4G broadband. Over the coming weeks we’ll explore 4G broadband in depth, starting today by explaining what exactly is 4G broadband?  

The Alternatives

To understand how 4G broadband is different, it’s helpful to first look at the alternatives. 

The 3 main types of traditional broadband are ADSL, FTTC and FTTP. 

With ADSL/DSL, you have a slower copper cable running from the telephone exchange to the roadside cabinet, then to your premises. FTTC (or Fibre to the Cabinet) is faster, with a fibre-optic cable running from the exchange to the cabinet, but then a copper cable will run to your premises. The fastest of the 3 is FTTP (or Fibre to the Premises) has fibre-optic cabling at both ends. This is pictured below.

However, the problem with these types of connections is they require significant infrastructure, and upgrades can take many years. If your building happens to be served by an older copper connection, you are out of luck… Or are you? 

Enter 4G Broadband!

4G coverage is excellent across most of the UK. 4G speeds and latency rival most broadband connections today too. With a 4G broadband connection, you will be provided with a router or dongle that can take 4G signals and convert them to WiFi, so all of your devices can connect to a single access point. Of course, you will need a solid 4G connection to reap the full benefits of 4G broadband. If you don’t get the best 4G signal in your premises, all is not lost as there are a variety of antennas and amplifiers that can improve your signal strength too. Talk to one of our team if you’d like to find out more. 

This can be an excellent solution for anyone who is struggling with outdated ADSL infrastructure but who has a consistently reliable 4G signal. Especially with the rise of remote working, businesses are able to dramatically improve their team’s productivity for an affordable investment. 

It’s also worth noting that once you have a 4G dongle/router, you are no longer tethered to one location. You can get to work from wherever you can find a reliable 4G signal. We have found that 4G broadband has been a real boon for the work from home/work from anywhere roles that are becoming more and more popular. Remote working brings with it its own challenges. One of these is how to stay connected with your disparate teams. 4G broadband helps to solve this challenge. 

How to find out more

We hope this has served as a useful introduction to the world of 4G broadband. We’ll be diving a lot further into the ins and outs of 4G broadband over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for our future posts. If you can’t wait to learn more, however, we have a team of knowledgeable and helpful specialists who would be more than happy to walk you through everything you need to know to get up and running with 4G broadband right away. 


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