Mobile Broadband Speeds

"I am just wondering do you  have any thoughts on who might be the best broadband provider. I have 3G at home and they are much slower than others I have seen."

Mobile communications

From your mention of 3G, I infer that you are using a mobile broadband product.  Speeds of mobile broadband solutions are usually going to be less - in some cases far less - than wired solutions.  In effect, when you use a mobile product to connect to the internet, you are using a mobile phone.  Phones have several different technologies for connecting to the 'net, for instance GPRS, 3G and HSDPA.  All these have different connection speeds: GPRS, for example, is akin to dial up speeds, whereas HSDPA can approach broadband speeds.  However, all of these technologies are dependent on signal, which is going to affect network connection speed - just like your voice services on your phone.  Not to mention quality of service - if the service quality jumps up and down making speed a gamble every time, then all bets are off.


In order to use a high speed service, you need to be in an area where there is a high speed service available.  All of the same criteria for network coverage and signal strength apply for mobile internet solutions as do for mobile phones, so a solution that works in one place may not work for another.  All high speed signals will degrade back to dial-up speeds when they cannot connect to a high speed service.

 If you experience slow speeds, you would do well to to investigate the circumstancial effects of location/buildings before consigning your purchase to the scrap heap.  If the service or unit is at fault, however, it is not unheard of to receive refunds from suppliers. As for which supplier is the best, there is plenty of annecdotal evidence about the internet, but that is not the remitt of this space.