Understanding mobile internet connectivity

18 July 2023

In a previous post, we discussed the best broadband connections for organisations. In this post, we’ll look at the options for mobile connectivity, which in some circumstances can be used as a primary internet connection. Mobile 4G and 5G connectivity can also be used as a backup connection for your primary cabled infrastructure.  

Mobile Connectivity  

Connection Type Max Download Speed Upload Speed 
4G 40 Mbps Avg. 5 Mbps 
5G 2,500 Mbps Up to 1,250 Mbps 
Satellite 200 Mbps Avg. 100 Mbps 

In the UK, mobile connectivity is improving, with the UK aiming to place itself as a world-leader in 5G deployment and to have 95% coverage of 4G by 2025. The 2023 review from the NIC shows there is still some progress to be made, but that coverage continues to improve. 

The effect of this continued expansion is that rural organisations can consider mobile connections as their primary data connection in areas where fast Fibre connections aren’t available.  

Mobile networks and VoIP 

Using a mobile internet provider as your primary (or backup) connection can have complications, especially around remote access, remote monitoring and Voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems. Mobile data usage, speed fluctuations and data caps can also impact the decision-making process. We would recommend a mobile connectivity audit to understand the any potential technical snags that may occur. 

How we can help 

Mobile connectivity is continually improving in the UK but care should be taken when considering making use of 4G and 5G networks. Contact us for impartial advice on the most suitable connection type and how best to approach internet connection upgrades.

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