Getting decent broadband speeds in a rural area needn't be
tricky. Providers like Astra Connect from Europasat offer 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
Search for broadband providers in your area:
How do I get broadband in a rural area?
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
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
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
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. Alternatively, there's also mobile
broadband from EE, O2 and Three to consider, although while this
may be cheaper, you won't get the same speeds as you would with a
satellite broadband connection.
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. While you might
not have the choice of services from a big provider like Virgin
Media or Sky, with Astra Connect you can get online at broadband
speeds and opt for unlimited downloads if your household uses a lot
Our recommended Astra Connect Satellite broadband deal:
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.
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 0808
256 6606 and they'll help you get connected