For many of us, especially the younger generation, it can seem impossible to remember life without broadband. Those digitally-deprived days of dial-up, where connecting to the internet available in my area meant tying up the household phone line, and enduring the most blood-curdling beeps and squeals as the connection was established.
Dial-up speeds offer up a speed that by today’s standards may seem paltry. They maxed out at a mere 56kbps, while today’s mighty fibre broadband connections can achieve 56 mbps without breaking a sweat. Those pioneering web-surfers of the ‘90s and the turn of the millennium would likely marvel at what today’s broadband connections can achieve.
But what does the future hold for broadband? Let’s take a look…
5G will create parity between home and mobile broadband
You’ve more than likely already heard of 5G mobile broadband and how it’s going to revolutionise the way in which we use the internet. And with mobile speeds of around 1Gb (achievable only by the best home broadband providers), it’s easy to see why the prospect is so appealing to so many. Not only does it represent mobile broadband that’s of a similar standard to the best fibre offerings, it also creates opportunities for homes where a cable connection is prohibitive. For tenants living in rented apartments, for instance, it’ll be easy to get a superfast connection using a 5G dongle rather than risk violating the terms of their tenancy agreement with a new installation.
Better deals for everyone!
There’s no denying that broadband will only ever play a bigger part in our daily lives, further transforming the way we live and work. And as our broadband needs change, so too will providers have to adapt to become more competitive. This is good news for everyone. Because it means better deals, and great performance at affordable prices. Just take a look at these superfast fibre broadband offers from some of the country’s best-known providers.
More options for rural households
Living in a rural area with little or no broadband infrastructure has long been a pain point for those who want to be able to work from home effectively or stream media into their homes. The good news, however, is that this is already improving. As communications technologies become more sophisticated and affordable, those living in rural homes will soon have more options than ever to get a reliable, high-performance broadband connection, no matter where they are in the country.
With Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), aerial fibre, satellite broadband and, of course, the increased coverage and faster speeds facilitated by 5G we can all look forward to a future with no more broadband black spots!
As we look forward to a future where broadband is faster, more affordable and easily accessible for everyone, there’s certainly a lot to get excited about!