Mobile Broadband - Its the New Black

By: Matt Sharp

You can probably tell from the title what I'm getting at. In the fashion world, when someone says something is the new black, it's taken to mean 'it's the next, new in-thing.' The same can be said of mobile broadband, with one notable difference. Mobile broadband isn't just a fad, and really IS changing the world!
Just like a natural, ecological system, the internet evolves, and crucially, how we access it evolves as well. Cast your mind back to the early days, when we were all connected to the net with dialup (and if you can't remember dialup, I envy you!). Believe me, it was no fun trying to use an internet connection that was slow enough to be overtaken by an asthmatic snail. Images would take ages to load, and as for watching Youtube videos... forget about it!
Oh what a breath of fresh air it was when broadband was unleashed on the world! At last there was a system that gave us decent speeds to view the web at.

Broadband itself evolved, and WiFi came on the scene, using wireless routers and WiFi hot spots to make the internet 'kind of mobile, as long as you didn't wander off too far from the wireless router'.
The next big advance, surprisingly enough, came from the world of mobile phones, with the technology known as 3G, a much faster, higher bandwidth way of accessing data on the move. That, too, evolved into what's known as HSDPA (that's High Speed Downlink Packet Access, for the techno-lovers out there). And that, right there, is where we start our story of mobile broadband, because it's HSDPA that makes it all possible.
You see, mobile broadband is one of those technologies that does exactly what it says on the tin. It's broadband internet access, and you can use it while you're on the move, while you're mobile. There are several things that make it a winning technology, but they can be boiled down to a couple of key facts. First, it's proper broadband, giving you speeds up to, currently, 7.2Mbps, and in future, up to 14.4Mbps. Secondly, it's truly mobile, as it uses cell towers used by mobile phones. Which means no more hunting around to find a WiFi hot spot! And finally, it's easy to set up, because the setup procedure just involves plugging the USB Modem in. And that's it. Basically, think of it this way: when you compare mobile phones to broadband, then they'll always come out second fiddle, next to a dedicated computer. But compare mobile broadband to your home connection, and it's just possible it might even be better what you have at home!

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