What is the difference between 4G/5G broadband and satellite internet?

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Satellite broadband is connectivity provided through low-earth orbit or geostationary satellites. It requires a satellite dish to be placed on top of homes and businesses, which sends and receives signals from the orbiting satellite. Satellite internet connection can be provided virtually all over the world, and is most often found in rural areas where connectivity options are limited. It is generally a last resort option due to the amount of drawbacks involved.

4G/5G internet is completely different to satellite. 4G & 5G broadband solutions use the same signal as your smartphone to access the internet. One way of doing this is through a dedicated router, such as SimRush, which can handle multiple devices and traffic levels. Availability of 4G/5G broadband is dependent on your location and how strong the coverage is in your area. It can be used in rural locations as well as towns and cities as long as there is network coverage in the area.

4G/5G broadband solutions are capable of much higher speeds compared to satellite and have fewer latency issues too. It is also the more stable and reliable option out of the two. Although neither rely on physical cabling, with 4G/5G broadband you are connected to a mast which is relatively nearby as opposed to being connected to a satellite that is thousands of miles away. Therefore, factors such as the weather are far more likely to impact a satellite service than a mobile broadband connection.

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