When you live in remote, rural areas, accessing superfast broadband can be a headache but there are specialist broadband providers that will ensure you receive reliable fast internet at blistering speeds!
The reason why some internet providers struggle to offer a great service in hard to reach areas is that the infrastructure is limited or simply isn’t there which can be a huge challenge for some larger organisations.
In urban areas, there is a real demand for high-speed internet, but why shouldn’t this be the case in rural areas as it’s just as important?
If you are based in one of these difficult to reach rural locations, you may want to use a provider that specialises in these areas as for standard broadband your entire connection depends on a telephone line, so the distance you are from the nearest line will determine the speed and efficiency of your broadband.
If you are based outside of a busy town or city centre area, your options will be limited as you will be far from the exchange and therefore you will be experiencing much slower speeds.
So, what are the main reasons for broadband being slower in rural areas?
With fibre broadband, the cables run from your nearest street cabinet and your home so if your home is far from the nearest cabinet, this could directly impact your overall broadband speed
As homes aren’t as close together as they often are in towns and cities, a single street cabinet may cover a much larger geographic area despite having the same number of telephone lines attached. This means that the line length to street cabinets tends to be much longer so you are likely to experience much slower fibre broadband speeds!
Some of the lines are also not upgraded as regularly as there is less demand so larger telecoms companies might make the decision that the demand does not warrant upgrading the services!
If you live in the countryside, you may be wondering what the benefits of your broadband option might be.
Here’s a breakdown to help you to decide on the best option:
Fibre broadband delivered by fibre optic cables
Fibre broadband is one of the most popular options with almost 90% of homes using this type of broadband. This is a high speed, efficient and reliable option.
Standard broadband using copper phone wires
Most households should be able to access standard broadband, however this is not the best option for rural locations as it is more common and much faster in urban areas.
Mobile broadband running on 4G
If your area has good 4G coverage you shouldn’t have a problem, however relying on mobile broadband could be unreliable, especially in a more remote location. However, there is no need to have a phone line and line rental charges so this is a bonus!
Satellite broadband using a satellite dish in your home
You don’t need a phone line for satellite broadband and the speeds are much faster so it is usually offered by more niche providers.
Fixed wireless broadband via a mast and receiver
Speeds can be fast with fixed wireless broadband, however this can vary and isn’t the most reliable option if you live in a rural area.
Bonded broadband which uses two or more phone lines to create a faster one
This is a very specialist option only offered by certain providers in the UK. Bonded broadband is able to significantly enhance internet speeds where faster services are not available but these services are primarily aimed at businesses as opposed to being used for residential use.
Making the switch and changing your broadband is easy!
If you are unhappy with the broadband service you are currently experiencing in a rural area, you are entitled to change this so you can benefit from a much faster and more reliable service!
There are many benefits to switching – from faster speeds and less monthly line rental fees to reliable and faster response times from engineers, so here’s what you should consider if you are looking to switch services soon:
There are tonnes of broadband providers out there, each offering something a little different for a slightly different price. When you want to switch, always use a price comparison tool to see what the options are in your rural area, and which one will give you the best deal.
Broadband contracts tend to last a while, so check what’s going on with the one from your current provider before taking out a new one. If you’re no longer within the contract’s minimum terms, you’re free to switch.
Work out which speed you need! A package with superfast speeds (24Mb and above) is great for big households, or anyone who streams a lot of video, plays games online, or downloads large files regularly but you might need less than this if you are not such a heavy wifi user!
Consider their customer service – Will you get a quick response from them if something does go wrong? Have a read of some customer reviews to find out what other existing users are saying!
Consider a specialist broadband provider
For example, broadband companies such as Wave Internet are experts in providing high speed and reliable broadband services across rural areas across the North West and they can offer dedicated wireless fibre broadband to difficult to reach locations with ease.
Larger, conventional companies cannot supply rural areas in the best way as they often have pressure to oversubscribe their mast sites which can mean slower speeds and less efficient broadband services for their customers.
How will the 2025 BT switch off affect countryside broadband?
BT will be implementing a fully online Voice Over IP system set to transition completely by 2025. This will mostly affect those who rely on telephone communication and faxing. That said, any big change is bound to have some impact on systems, and rural locations always seem to be the last to benefit from modernisation.
Smaller internet companies like Wave Internet own all of our mast sites and do not rent public masts so we have no timescale issues in providing services. The technology is not the same and therefore we already offer VOIP in additional to our broadband.
What makes Wave Internet different from the rest?
At Wave Internet we own all of our mast sites and do not rent public masts so we have no pressure to oversubscribe our services and operate a policy of limited numbers per mast in order to ensure the best possible broadband experience for all.
Evolved to address the dissatisfaction experienced by individuals and businesses with poor service provided by giant telecoms plc’s, we are able to provide you with high speed internet access than are currently available with conventional fixed line solutions.
Greater upload speeds – especially important if you use any cloud based services or remotely back up your data.
Fast overall internet speeds
No monthly line rental fees, reducing the overall cost of the package
Voice over internet phone systems (VoIP) – cheaper calls, flexible and adaptable contact numbers, no line rental.
Reliable, fast response times – all of our masts are in this local area, and so are our engineers!
Guest networks for friends and visitors – give your customers access to the internet without them being able to access everything else on the network.
If you live in a rural location or a very hard to reach area and you believe your broadband services are not exceeding your expectations, contact Wave Internet today for a free site survey and we will help your broadband to get up to speed!