Whilst mobile internet hasn't taken over from the reliability and extensive bandwidth capability of fixed line internet, it's pretty close! In the past it's always been a considerably more expensive option, but as the technology improves, infrastructure increases and demand has grown, the price has come down considerably. There is now an ideal market for wireless internet, and that is in temporary buildings and emergency connectivity.
One particular area we have seen increased demand for mobile connectivity is in the building and construction industry. It's not practical, or sometimes even possible, to install a fixed line internet connection to the portacabins on a building site, but the site managers and staff still need connectivity.
Yes. The building sites we work on are slightly more than you'd find at a house renovation. Commercial building projects are complicated, and it takes teams of people working on them to ensure that all of the activities are being carried out in the right order and to the right timeframes. Tethering to a data enabled mobile phone is all well and good, but if you have a site office with Project Managers, Health and Safety officials, Administration staff, Supervisors and the myriad of other people needed to run a large scale construction project, then the only way to go is with dedicated internet, and this is very easy to achieve.
We supply a 4G router with WiFi enabled and a data-only SIM package with enough data allowance to cover your needs, 100Gig plans are usually more than enough and don't break the bank in terms of cost. Once it's installed into your site office or portacabins it acts just like any other broadband connection. If needed we can supply network switches and cabling for semi-permanent fixtures like printers and scanner. It can be password protected to stop unauthorised usage. It can be used with cloud hosted VoIP phones to give your site office a dedicated phone line too. Once the site is finished you can simply move it to the next location meaning there's no additional set up fees for each new site or project.
4G coverage is getting better, and the advent of 5G promises to increase coverage around the UK, it's not always in the area you need it. That's where Satellite technology comes into play. The costs of this have come down considerably over the years to the point where it's now a viable option for internet access when you really need it. It has some drawbacks, the latency on a satellite connection means it's not especially suited to running VoIP phones in some circumstances, but depending on your requirements it might be just what you need.
Construction is just one scenario where this could be used and it's our most popular. Anywhere there is a need for portable, or temporary, internet connectivity, there is a solution in 4G or Satellite. It can also form a part of your Disaster Recovery strategy, by offering an alternative internet connection in the event of a failure in your fixed line service!