mobile broadband

What’s next for mobile broadband?

If you spend a lot of your time online then it’s probably likely that you’ve already got some kind of mobile broadband package to keep you connected. After all, without it you’re limited to surfing at home or at work and that’s about it. But now that many of us are going mobile, it’s likely that in the near future, we’ll all be enjoying much better connectivity on the go that’ll make the lure of mobile broadband universally hard to resist.

What’s more, there will be more and more innovation too. We’re already seeing this to a certain degree with devices such as the MiFi. This works rather like a home router does, in that it shares out a mobile broadband signal. It’s a little similar to the more traditional  dongle, but the big difference is the sharing aspect. Just as long as you allow them to, up to five other users can subsequently tap into your mobile broadband signal to access the internet.

This is a great idea, although its well worth remembering that data allowances are also shared out in the same way, and if you’ve got family, friends or even work colleagues who want to download large files then you could eat through your monthly mobile broadband allowance quite quickly. Nevertheless, for sharing connectivity then the MiFi makes a great deal of sense and it’s something that we’ll probably be seeing an awful lot more of as the technology and mobile networks improve.

Better, faster

And perhaps it’s the mobile broadband networks themselves that will also transform the way we use the Internet on the go in future years. Providers are already improving the efficiency of how we connect, and that is set to increase with the move to 4G. This will allow you to browse the web much more speedily than you can at present and may also result in more flexible data limits being allowed by networks.

Although mobile broadband is great for checking emails and light web browsing currently, it’s not really engineered to enable people to carry out large downloads. However, with increasingly powerful networks, we should see the ability to use mobile broadband in much the same way as we tap into it at home or in the office. Better still is the fact that the coverage should also improve, meaning that you’ll be able to stay online no matter what your location happens to be.

Of course, the other major factor in how we access these improving mobile broadband networks is what we use to do it. There are many devices that offer internet connectivity on the move, but many people are seeing the tablet computer as the way of the future. While smartphones offer plenty of power, plus all the Internet access you could ask for, a tablet such as the Apple iPad makes a great addition to your mobile broadband arsenal. The main attraction is that it delivers a lot more screen space and a decent keyboard compared to smaller handsets.

Add to that a lightweight design and you’ve got an ideal package for taking with you when you travel. With better mobile broadband networks proposed for the future, it therefore seems very likely that increasing numbers of people will be moving over to this sort of technology to carry out their online activities.