With both potential UK governments now promising super fast broadband to every household by 2030, its got us wondering, is there any point? By 2030, there will be many options to getting online.
The Fibre Option:
BT promised to connect communities across the country with government funding years ago, it connected many towns and villages and in some rare cases, remove farms and hamlets, but failed still left many in the dark, with some still using their 2mb/s broadband connection to run their businesses from. Fibre broadband is a very clever technology, using strands of fibre to transmit data in the form of light, its not only super quick, but super reliable. Fibre cables don’t rust or corrode unlike copper and the data throughput is much higher than copper. So Fibre is a great opportunity for homes and businesses to gain gigabit speed internet access to the world wide web.
When Fibre Failed so many, Airband picked up the pieces:
Since the promise of fibre broadband had failed, companies have been and gone trying to fill the gaps, but one in particular, called Airband has actually been rather successful, even when many thought they were too ambitious. Using a network of high speed radio masts, they have created a mesh network of internet access which connects the most rural homes and businesses on a minimum of 30MB/s, giving so many more, access to super fast broadband. The company have spent a fortune installing repeaters around North Devon, including Holsworthy and its hamlets and as a result, they have brought many forgotten homes and businesses back into the 21st century, and this service is much cheaper than BT too!
Find out more about Airband and whether you’re in their area:
The 5th generation mobile network:
The next option promises to bring super fast speeds on the move, in your home, at work, on the train, in the car, everywhere. 5G is here for some parts of the UK and will soon be providing our smart electric cars, phones, IOT devices with super fast connections to the world wide web. Using a larger network of phone masts, 5G will provide a much faster, more reliable internet connection to the UK. With network provides such as Three already offering home broadband solutions based around 4G and 5G, we’re not far away from ditching the BT phone line all together.
So, with the above options, where will we be in 2030? Its 11 years away, but they way this year has been, it feels like I’ll be there tomorrow, and who knows how I’ll be taking photos, fueling my car or connecting to Facebook to send my friends pictures of my Land Rover.