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Rural broadband deals and providers at Simplifydigital

Rural broadband needn't be difficult to find. If you live off the beaten track, Simplifydigital's handy guide will help you compare all the available options in your area, or call 0800 542 4704 for free, personalised advice.

By on July 10, 2014 at 17:34 PM
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Rural broadband deals and providers at Simplifydigital

Call free on 0800 542 4704 for personalised advice on rural broadband deals in your area

Rural broadband providers at Simplifydigital

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  • Astra Connect from Europasat is a satellite broadband provider that offers rural broadband deals that can help you get online with internet speeds up to 20Mbps, even if you live a long way from your nearest telephone exchange.
  • Three offers mobile broadband dongles that can be used to get internet access wherever there's a mobile signal. Mi-Fi is up to 3 times faster than standard 3G, with speeds up to 7.6Mb and prices starting at around £10 a month for 1GB of usage.

Tips on getting a great rural broadband connection

Broadband availability problems in rural areas are due to the distance between your home and the local telephone exchange. Traditional ADSL broadband runs through your telephone line and requires you to be within 4km of the exchange.

If you are one of the roughly 3m predominantly rural homes in the UK currently in a broadband "notspot" where traditional broadband providers can not supply your internet service, all is not lost.

It's possible to get an affordable satellite broadband deal with decent speeds and unlimited downloads. Alternatively, you can opt for mobile broadband that uses 3G or 4G signal to allow you to go online.

Satellite broadband

Satellite broadband is a great option if you live in a rural area where traditional ISPs can't offer services. Getting decent broadband speeds in a rural area is far easier than it used to be, as Astra Connect now offers speeds up to 20Mb and a variety of packages to suit your needs.

Simplifydigital are able to recommend satellite broadband services from Astra Connect, because they provide good 'up to' speeds of 20MB, and a reliable service that is not very expensive if you don't mind having a data allowance. The reason the packages are a little more expensive than traditional broadband is that you are not relying on a landline and line rental in order to use the service, so there's no additional line rental cost.

Mobile broadband

Mobile broadband is provided by cellular networks like EE and 3. You receive a 3G or 4G (depending on your package) mobile broadband signal via a network tower, just as you would when using mobile internet on your smartphone or 3G-enabled tablet. The benefit of mobile broadband is that you don't have to be within range of a home broadband satellite to use it - as long as there's mobile network signal, you should be able to get online.

If you think that mobile broadband could be a good solution for you, give Simplifydigital's team of friendly Switching Support Experts a call and we can talk you through your options, comparing offers from the top UK networks to find the best deal for you.

How will I connect to the internet via mobile broadband?

Your mobile network will send you a USB dongle, which is a little device with a SIM card in it that comes pre-loaded with the amount of data you signed up for. You'll plug your USB dongle into your computer, set up the connection following the simple on-screen wizard, and it is then possible to connect several devices to the mobile network, using your computer as a "hotspot" generator, in the same way that your home broadband wireless router allows signal to be sent to all the internet-connected devices in your house.

Alternatively, you may be able to use the connection on your smartphone or tablet to create a mobile broadband "hotspot" that can be broadcast to several devices at once, which will share the connection speed and bandwidth via Wi-Fi. This is dependent on your data allowance, and whether tethering is included in your package.

For more information, read our mobile broadband guide.

Let the rural broadband experts find the right service for you
If you aren't sure whether satellite or mobile broadband is for you, call our independent Switching Experts on 0800 542 4704 and they'll help you get connected quickly.

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