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NBN vs. Wireless Internet

  • Both wireless and the NBN do not involve charges for installation
  • The NBN’s initial maximum speeds will roughly double what 4G users have seen in ideal conditions, Although recent trials of 4G speed have been significantly higher.
  • Wireless broadband performance relies on the strength of the signal in a particular location, just like the internet on your smartphone.
  • Wireless connections can be unreliable indoors.
  • Fixed-line connections like the NBN, ADSL and Cable provide a more reliable and stable connection than wireless.

Wireless broadband, especially the new 4G networks, are a fantastic way of providing broadband internet to portable devices. Many users even rely on them for their home connection, as there are little-to-no connection fees, and you can take your internet with you when you leave the house.

Despite the handiness of a portable connection and the new incredible speeds of 4G LTE, there are still many reasons why wireless alone would not be a viable solution for a country-wide internet infrastructure. Wireless is simply not as reliable as fixed-line alternatives, nor are leading-edge wireless technologies as fast as their contemporary fixed-line counterparts. While it is truly amazing that 4G LTE has already proven itself to provide speeds of up to 100Mbps in metro areas, those speeds vary wildly and can drop to below 6Mbps in just 4km. Wireless broadband is also affected by surroundings(buildings, electrical wires etc), by weather patterns, and can show varying effectiveness from room to room in a single household.

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