Interim broadband solutions

 

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If your home or business is not planned for an upgrade over the next 12 months - check out the choice of interim broadband solutions.

Interim broadband solutions include satellite or wireless broadband. Whilst these solutions have limitations, they can provide significant improvements in speeds for people on slow and possibly unreliable broadband. 

 

Interim broadband solutions

Satellite broadband

Satellite broadband is the most widely available alternative solution for broadband. It can deliver speeds of 10Mbps (or significantly more) but the speed is not guaranteed throughout the day and packages usually have monthly data caps.

You will need to consider how much data you are likely to require and the monthly costs of different packages. Some satellite packages allow you to transfer data overnight without adding to the monthly costs.

You will also experience a short time delay with satellite broadband as the broadband signal has to travel to the satellite and back to Earth, which will restrict or prevent the use of some applications.

Wireless broadband

Wireless broadband performs in a similar way to broadband delivered over the telephone network but the quality of the service will vary depending on the product selected.

Wireless broadband is only available in certain parts of the county - you can check if a fixed wireless broadband network is available in your area by searching for wireless operators and network providers in a search engine.

Mobile broadband - 4G

You may also be able to get a 4G mobile broadband connection. You can check the current availability of 4G services in your area by using the Ofcom Mobile Coverage Checker.

 

Funding for interim broadband solutions

Better Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme (which was a UK-wide government subsidy scheme to provide an affordable, basic broadband installation to homes and businesses unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Mbps) ceased to accept new voucher requests on 29 November 2019 ahead of the scheme's closure on 31 December 2019. For any vouchers issued through this scheme, your supplier must have completed installation by 31 December 2019.  

Universal Service Obligation (USO)

On 20 March 2020 Ofcom will launch the broadband universal service obligation (USO), which will give people in the UK the right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection. Under the USO, eligible homes and businesses will be able to request a connection, where the cost of building it is no more than £3,400 - the Ofcom website has more information about the USO.

 

 

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