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Is It Time You Started Using Mobile Broadband Technology?

By Mark Walters

Imagine cable and DSL internet connections connected wirelessly through cellular communications, that is mobile broadband. Though wireless internet has been available in many forms for a while now, it has only recently been becoming a popular alternative to WiFi. In the past, WiFi connections became popular due to the ability to connect to the internet without wires, though its inability to work outside hotspot areas will eventually cause its downfall. Mobile broadband, on the other hand, enables users to access the internet at (currently) the same or similar speeds as WiFi connections, but more importantly, without the need for a hotspot area. You could say it is like a cordless phone compared to a mobile phone. Wireless communication has become the standard for the business world. Remote wireless internet connection is becoming more and more popular each day and has changed the way businesses communicate internally and externally. It truly has become a wireless world.

Mobile broadband uses the same technology as mobile phones, through radio waves and frequencies. The way mobile phones work is by sending and receiving audio data through the telephone masts. Mobile broadband works in almost the same way, though the data that is transferred contains packets of web pages, emails, audio and video data; all sent and received through the telecommunications towers.

Since the introduction of mobile broadband, technology has progressed quite rapidly, below is a chronological list of the improving formats:

-EDGE was the first format of mobile broadband and was particularly slow.

-The second format that was introduced was 3g, known on GSM formats as UMTS. Though transfer speeds were also quite slow, it began to offer users an alternative to using WiFi.

-HSDPA was the next incarnation of mobile broadband which offered slightly increased speeds over WiFi.

-The current format of HSUPA. With speeds similar to WiFi connections, it is offering users a very good alternative to WiFi.

The future for mobile broadband formats comes in the guise of the WIMAX (4g) connection. WIMAX will have the ability to give very fast connection speeds, above what most WiFi connections can offer, plus is will offer a wide coverage ratio. It is becoming commonplace for laptop manufacturers to incorporate mobile broadband receivers into the design of new notebooks, and with the huge increase in speeds of mobile broadband over the last few years; internet via cable may become a thing of the past.

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Walters, Mark "Is It Time You Started Using Mobile Broadband Technology?." Is It Time You Started Using Mobile Broadband Technology?. 2 Jul. 2010. 13 Feb 2016 <>.

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