The mobile networks like O2, EE and Vodafone would like you to think that mobile data services are a good option if you can’t get fast broadband over wires at your work or home.

We thought it would be useful to draw up a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of mobile data services like 2, 3 or 4G and outline how they compare to our satellite broadband services, particularly for home users.

Mobile data does have its use…

Principally if you’re on the move and you just want to send and receive email. However the way mobile data works is that when you connect to the network in a particular location, you’re automatically sharing the available bandwidth with all the other mobile users in that cell or location.

Therefore if you’re in an urban or city location, and there are lots of users online at the same time, you’ll find that data speeds are at best unpredictable, particularly at peak network loading times (11.00 am to 11.00 pm).

Mobile phone networks also aren’t very forthcoming on the true extent of their services in many rural locations. Whilst most networks publish coverage maps, what they don’t really say is that in many rural areas there is no mobile data connectivity at all, let alone the new faster services that they’re championing like 4G and LTE.

So if you need to rely on broadband if you regularly work at home and you can’t
get the speed you need over wires, satellite is an excellent alternative.