Fixed line broadband can be a little bit of a crap shoot. Sometimes it doesn’t work as well as advertised. Depending on the kind of technology deployed in the area you live and the type of plan you stump up for, it is possible you end up with speeds of as little as 20 Mbps which is obviously much less than ideal. If you are disillusioned with sluggish, unreliable internet, then you may just want to consider finding an alternative to your fixed line connection.
SIM delivered internet
The best alternative available is wireless mobile broadband and as its name suggests, this is an internet service that is provided through the mobile networks in Australia. This involves purchasing a SIM card that is then inserted into a wireless modem. This means the quality of the service is obviously dependent on location.
Congestion is an issue
If you happen to be located out in the sticks, then it is not very likely that you will be able to achieve super-fast internet speed. Having said that, mobile broadband typically performs very well in metro areas where there is low congestion. This is particularly true for data transfer. According to the most recent speedtest report from Ookia, the average mobile broadband speed in Australia is close to 50Mbps.
The result represents a more than 20 per cent improvement in comparison to the previous report, ranking Australia eighth in the world in terms of mobile broadband speeds. Contrastingly Australia is presently ranked 58th in the world for fixed line broadband speeds. In other words, if you happen to live in the right place with the right plan, then mobile broadband will deliver some of the best average internet speeds in Australia.
Location is important
It goes without saying that the best mobile broadband speeds are offered by the major telecoms companies in Australia thanks to their bigger 4G footprint and proliferation. The most obvious question that arises is if mobile broadband is so wonderful, why is not everyone using it? Well the answer is because speeds depend on location.
Ask questions first
This means you should ask what the average upload and download speeds are at your location before you sign up with a provider. You should also have a think about your usage levels. Whilst data caps are generally increasing, they are still not quite big enough to suit all types of customer. If you regularly use huge amounts of data, exceeding 100GB per month, you make want to stick with fixed line broadband regardless of its drawbacks.