Restrictions on Mobile Broadband for Business

The advantages of mobile broadband would indicate that it’s a bit of a no-brainer for any forward-thinking business. A mobile broadband service lets you connect to the Internet when you are on the move. The service gives you the ability to access the internet on a laptop, tablet device or PC by connecting to a mobile phone signal. However, there are often drawbacks to mobile with many providers – network saturation being the most common complaint. In this article, we explain why business owners should not necessarily choose mobile broadband a main or backup connectivity. It is best kept as an option to be utilised by remote workers only.

Mobile often faces a very high contention ratio which would be much higher than your standard residential or business broadband packages. The contention ratio can change daily (even hourly) due to mobile users passing through certain areas of your network. Contention Ratio (or over subscription ratio) is the number of users sharing the same data capacity, leading to slower load time and a smaller capacity for overall productivity. In a similar vein, data caps are a common feature of many mobile broadband packages. Also known as a bandwith cap, these contract restrictions will limit the transfer of a specified amount of data over a period of time (usually by the month).

Slow ping rates can also be a common feature of mobile broadband. The ping is the reaction time of your connection – how fast you get a response after you’ve sent out a request. A fast ping means a more responsive connection, especially in applications where timing is everything. One last drawback to using wireless is that it does not come with a public static IP which can cause issues when trying to connect to business systems connected in the customers HQ or data centre.

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