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How to get fast Internet in rural areas

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?

Find a provider that specialises in Remote Areas

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.

With Wave Internet we can supply you with fantastic broadband services for both residential and business addresses and there are many benefits including:

  • 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!

Cancelling Corporations – Wireless, Local Internet Might Be Better for You

When you think of the term ‘Shop Local’ you often think of the small coffee shop around the corner or the friend who has turned her hobby into a business. What you may not be aware of in the term applies to all aspects of the business including your internet provider.

The past few years have seen an increase in local shopping as people become more aware of the mass production process and want to know where their products come from.

Just like food and locally produced products, new technology has facilitated the use of local internet providers that can provide a fast and reliable connection with superior speed, connection and service over large corporations.

Similar to any other product, choosing a local provider means a tailored experience that results in a more reliable experience for the customer and the technology used allows for an internet connection in places that other providers often can’t or won’t provide.

Covid-19 and Internet Providers

The current pandemic has changed the world in many ways and the way we shop has been affected on a large scale. Since ‘stay home’ orders have been strictly enforced, online retail has boomed and has seen a 76% increase over the past 12 months.

Because of this, many local retailers have welcomed the opportunity to make the jump to online service in order to stay afloat during the pandemic as fewer and fewer people are able to make it to stores in person.

However, many large corporate internet providers that don’t have the infrastructure for reliable service in rural areas may force a contract on a small business owner that isn’t necessary, and are known for their terrible customer service. As of 2020, only 46% of Virgin customers stated that they were happy with their broadband service in a report issued by Ofcom shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic struck the UK.

The Problem with ISPs

Being able to access the internet is almost a basic human right as the medium is used for almost every aspect of modern life. In 2020 alone, approximately 700,000 school children suffered because they did not have access to the internet in order to take advantage of online lessons while they were at home during the pandemic. 

The cost of a good and reliable internet connection doesn’t come cheap and many of the major companies will force unreasonable contracts upon customers that require them to take up extra services that they don’t want or need in order to access internet services.

Virgin, Sky and BT offer their internet packages as standalone products but at a premium price. Their packages are tailored for customers to subscribe to their digital TV services and landline installation as well. These add unnecessary charges to monthly bills.

Sky TV’s cheapest package, for example, costs £43 per month with a £69 setup fee over an 18-month contract and while it includes broadband, which is quite slow, also forces the customer to take Sky TV as well. 

BT has also announced that they will be switching off their ISDN and PSTN services in 2025 and moving their phone technology completely online to a VoIP system. This is expected to affect over 2 million small companies in the UK that rely on telephone communication as a part of their day-to-day business.

While it will still be possible to send and receive data using the copper phone line system with VoIP integration, the technology itself is outdated and a modern method is required to bring a business into the 21st century. 

New Technology

Wireless internet has arrived as the only solution to the outdated methods employed by all major internet providers. This doesn’t refer to Wi-Fi, which sends a radio signal from a router that is connected to the phone line system to your mobile device, but rather completely wireless data transmission that provides wireless broadband without the phone line.

Wave Internet uses wireless fibre technology that utilizes microwaves to send data from distribution sites to your home or business with no loss of speed. Distribution sites are connected to the fibre optic infrastructure from where data received is transmitted without the need for a wired connection to your property, but rather is received via a small dish affixed to the outside of a building.

Wave InternetTraditional Providers
Maintains speed and connectionLoses speed and drops out
Costs lessExpensive and bound to packages
Provides a strong signal anywhereWeak or not available in some locations
No phone line requiredPhone line installation and payment 
Reliable mesh system Weak Wi-Fi signals
Free RouterExpensive router
Transparent information and billingObscured technology and annual increases
Flexible contractsLong and locked in contracts
Unlimited usageExtra charges for exceeding limits
Exceptional customer serviceOutsourced and poor customer service

Unlike standard providers, Wave Internet can be tailored for home use, business use or even home office use. Comprehensive packages have been designed to take into account the different requirements for all types of users.

No longer will you be tied to an unreasonable contract with unreliable connection performance and even worse customer service. The nature of wireless internet technology means that a strong and reliable connection can be maintained at any site whether urban or rural.

Ranging from 12mbps, which is faster than Sky’s most expensive package, up to 40mbps, our home packages have been designed for all family sizes from couples and small families up to large families who like to game and use home offices.

For businesses of all kinds, including rural offices, industrial, commercial and hospitality sectors we offer excellent and reliable solutions ranging from25mbps up to 65mbps.

All of our packages, whether home or business do not require any phone lines or phone line installation, can be cancelled at any time and come with a free router. In addition, our business packages offer future-proof digital VoIP services which will get you prepared for the 2025 switch off.

Wave internet currently only operates in the Lancashire and Greater Manchester areas but we are pleased to announce that we will be expanding our services to include many more locations.

Can I get broadband without a phone line?

Have you wondered if it’s possible to get broadband without a phone line? Absolutely! It ultimately depends on the type of broadband you have as to whether you can separate from signing up without an active phone line.

A broadband connection through the telephone lines is an outdated infrastructure that is quickly being replaced by modern technologies. Most UK providers are still using the BT-owned Openreach along old copper telephone wires, but this is no longer your only option.

Some providers combine this into their prices offering ‘free line-rental’ but you can be sure that you are still paying for an unnecessary phone line.

Why do so many companies force you to have a phone line?

When broadband began to replace dial-up connection in the early 2000’s, it followed the same model of connecting your computer to the internet via telephone wires. With so many telephone wires intact, many broadband providers continue to offer options that forcibly require a phone line in their package to reduce installing new wires. However, fast forward to 2020 and there are great new technologies able to offer broadband connections without a phone line now.

Unfortunately, some companies haven’t moved quickly enough to offer another solution even though the share of households who use a landline telephone is going down exponentially.  

Since the era of the mobile phone, there is no longer a need to own a landlaine. Many people opt to using a mobile only, natually avoiding those rather annoying sales and spam calls.

So what are these new internet breakthroughs? Below are some options that allow you to forego the phone line and purchase a broadband-only package.

Cable

A cable connection requires a fibre cabinet in the area that uses coaxial cables to connect to this cabinet and provide a high-speed internet connection. The most well-known cable provider is Virgin.

Cable veers away from using the copper wire telephone connection, allowing customers to purchase broadband without a phone line. Check the options available in your specific location and always read reviews before choosing a provider.

Fibre Optic

Fibre Optic is one of the newest forms of broadband connection. It is still developing in its infancy, and generally is not an option seen very often. This method requires a fibre optic cable to be installed and comes in multiple forms. Only one option allows users to opt-out of a phone line:

FTTP.

  • FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises). As the name suggests, FTTP waives the usage of copper wires by using fibre cables entirely. From the fibre cabinet to the premise, only fibre optic cables are used which make it the costliest method. This is also referred to as a full-fibre connection. Keep in mind that most providers who offer this still include a phone line!

Mobile Broadband

Broadband on the go: This broadband connection is available in multiple forms: a dongle, a portable Wi-Fi/Mi-Fi box, a car Wi-Fi box, and several other options.

This option is excellent for temporary broadband with short-term contacts and pay-as-you-go plans. However, it can be slower and significantly more expensive than a fixed-line broadband connection secured to your home. For locations that are more rural and don’t have the infrastructure to offer any other type of broadband effective, this is a great alternative.

Mobile broadband can also be limited to multiple devices and easily accessible to other users. Regardless, it is an available option for those looking for a broadband connection without a landline contract.

Why not fill in our coverage checker to see your choices.

Fixed Wireless Broadband

Using radio signals, a wireless modem/router is connected to either the cable phone wires or fibre optic cables to transmit internet to Wi-Fi enabled devices.

These internet-radio signals are picked up and then used to access the internet. Wi-Fi is expansive, convenient and allows for many devices to be connected to the internet at once.

Satellite Broadband

Choosing to relinquish yourself from the wires and cabled services opens up another realm of possibility – satellite broadband. Widely used amongst more remote users, the internet is transmitted wirelessly through a satellite dish.

Because of this, a phone landline is no longer necessary or required for satellite broadband service. Using similar infrastructures to GPS, satellite TV and weather forecasting, this wireless broadband offers a stable and uniform connection. It is the perfect service for hard-to-reach, rural locations. This is the new age of broadband as new satellites are launched into space.

Wave Internet Satellite Broadband

Wave Internet services rural areas of the UK with superfast broadband anywhere and anytime. Wave Internet is one of the only small companies on the market who services this niche area, typically helping internet users with the poorest internet connections.

Wave offers three packages: residential (starting from £29.99/month), business (£49.99/month) and education (£49.99/month) to ensure the best coverage for your specialised needs.

No phone line is necessary with any packages, compared to other traditional services. You can save over £200 per year choosing Wave Internet, and you have the option to add a VOIP line.

In the coming years, there are sure to be more competitors on the scene for the growing market, but Wave offers quality benefits such as a superior customer service team with UK only call centres.

  • Flexible Contracts: Where other providers always force customers into rigid and long-term contracts, Wave offers customised options tailored to your needs. They offer super flexible service, giving users the choice to stay long term.
  • Unlimited Usage: No hidden or extra fees, or data usage limitations, for going over allowances like with other providers.
  • No Phone Line Needed: There is no need for landline charges when Wave uses new, state-of-the-art technology.
    •   Wave offers flexible VOIP phone systems to users if phone services are needed.
  • Quality Service: Instead of funneling their services through overseas call centres, Wave has local engineers within 40 minutes of their beam points who respond rapidly fast.
  • WIFI boosting upgrades: Even if you are not currently a Wave customer as you are in another contract, we can help bridge the gap to improve your connection with our Wifi Boosters.

Although Wave owns “one of the largest private wireless internet networks in the North West,” they are looking to further expand their mass infrastructure.

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New changes coming in 2024

With the rise of broadband connectivity, the landline game is changing as we speak. Though companies continue to force customers to purchase phone lines due to existing telephone wires and obligated package deals, landlines are projected to cease to exist in 2025. Active phone lines are proving to be dangerous, as scammers are calling people, imitating their broadband internet service providers, and tricking them into sending large sums of money to avoid having their broadband “cancelled.”

Mobile phones and Wi-Fi connective devices continue to rise, moving internet users farther away from telephone cables. New services are currently popping up to replace traditional methods, like VoIP, Voice over Internet Protocol, or a cloud phone system.

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Benefits of VoIP

Think of providers like Skype or Zoom, who offer their users an option to pay a fixed fee and make a call anywhere in the world via the internet. VoIP phone services provide their customers with a similar experience: if you have an established internet connection, you can make any call without the need for local phone service.

Your IP address is your Internet Protocol address; if you ever wondered, this is how devices communicate with each other via the internet. It’s the same concept with VoIP phone services, which offers users the ability to use their IP address to make phone calls. With this new technology, as people across the globe switch providers to broadband connective service providers, VoIP has the potential to render traditional phone services completely obsolete relatively soon.

How do I replace my line with VoIP phone services?

Typically, VoIP is offered to broadband internet users in their business package. Wave Internet, however, offers a VoIP service package for the home! By taking advantage of the internet, Wave’s VoIP phone service allows their internet users to make quality phone calls at a fraction of the price of obsolete landlines.

Wave’s VoIP services come at an £7.99/month addition to your normal broadband internet cost. There are no connection fees, or rounding up to the next minute, and no bundles. It is also significantly easier to block spam callers through VoIP services.

The future of Broadband has no plans to slow down anytime soon. Instead, it has the potential to become more expansive and vaster with plans to connect more than 8 billion users globally to the internet using broadband connectivity.

In fact, the UK Prime Minister is trying to invest in more widespread, faster internet access to boost the UK’s productivity and infrastructure. Rishi Sunak, the UK Chancellor, has announced in his 2020 Spending Review to allocate £5bn for his “UK Gigabit Broadband Programme,” in order to “deliver faster broadband for over 5 million premises across the UK” by the end of 2025.

Broadband without line rental

Flexible broadband with modern technology and no phone line!

The rise of mobile phones now being used by 93% of the population has meant that fewer calls are made from a landline so there’s no need to add this into your home broadband package if it simply won’t be used.

Wave Internet offers many different options to suit your needs and provides the latest technology to ensure you can access the fastest and most efficient broadband service around.

For a free site inspection before our qualified engineers complete your broadband installation, please contact us here and we will arrange a free site survey to suit your business or residential needs.

Don’t cry over slow speeds! There is a solution!

How to get super-fast broadband without phone line rental

When looking for a new broadband provider, it is easy to assume that this would also include phone line rental within the fee, but this isn’t necessary with the most modern and up-to-date broadband providers.

Wireless fibre technology can be used to take high-speed fibre-optic broadband, transfer it to microwave data and then transmit a secure wireless signal between distribution sites to homes and businesses without the need for a phone line or line rental.

Instead of cable, a small dish can be used to provide wireless fibre technology to anyone within a clear line of sight of the distribution points.

Most broadband packages use your phone line to deliver broadband, however, some internet providers give you the option so you can choose to have a phone line as an add on if you require this or you can use their VOIP system.

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What is a VOIP system?

VoIP is also known as internet telephony which is a way of making phone calls that, believe it or not, doesn’t use a phone line.

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol which means phone calls that are made through the internet, rather than through a regular landline or a mobile network.

A VoIP system works by taking your analogue voice signals, converting them into digital signals, then sending them as data over your broadband line.

It’s a very useful way of making calls – for a start, once it’s set up it’s a lot cheaper than using normal phone lines. It means that, depending on your setup, you may not have to pay for your phone calls based on distance, which country you’re calling, or how much time you spend chatting.

Due to modern and advanced technology, with Wave Internet, compared to traditional providers there is no phone line needed and no overseas call centres too!

Whether you are looking for Residential or Business solutions, Wave Internet can help you to get superfast broadband without line rental!

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Here are some of the benefits of using Wave Internet with no line rental:

  • Experience reduced monthly costs on your broadband services

  • With unique fibre-to-mast solutions, you can benefit from high-speed internet access

  • With the aid of secure encrypted radio technology, you can enjoy far higher speeds than those currently available with conventional fixed-line solutions

  • Greater upload speeds which is especially important if you use any cloud-based services or remotely back up your data

  • Faster overall internet speeds even in remote countryside areas

  • Voice over internet phone systems (VOIP) will allow you to access cheaper calls whilst offering flexible and adaptable contact numbers

  • Reliable and fast response times – with local masts and local engineers, the broadband service you will experience will be second to none!

  • Guest networks for friends and visitors – give people access to the internet when they need it most

  • By not renting public masts, there is no pressure to oversubscribe sites like other suppliers so there is a policy of limited numbers per mast in order to offer super fast broadband for all!