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How to get broadband in a rural area

If you live in a rural area and want speedy broadband, don't worry. It's possible to get fast satellite or mobile broadband in remote areas where traditional ISPs can't provide coverage. Read our handy guide to rural broadband deals, and make sure you're getting the best possible service.

By on March 24, 2014 at 15:13 PM
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How to get broadband in a rural area

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 telephone exchange. 

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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 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. 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 of data.

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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.

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 quickly.