What impact will 4G have on home broadband?
When it comes to weighing up precisely what impact 4G will have on home broadband, it will partly depend on what standard of internet access home users have to begin with. For those who do have superfast broadband, it may come down to making a choice as to which one to stick with, or whether it’s financially viable to opt for both. People who can comfortably afford it will probably go for both, whereas users who are making the choice will likely weigh up the advantages.
More and more people now rely on the net for work. For those users who use the web at home and for business purposes, this may be a perfect opportunity to have a service that can be used at home, work and on the move without having to pay as many as three separate bills. Users who live and work in cities are more likely see the advantages of this sooner rather than later and as such, many will no doubt go for this option.
4G will have numerous advantages to business users, such as quicker connection speeds whilst on the move, faster file sharing and conference calling from hotels whilst away from the home or office. To many business users, 4G will be something they can’t live without if they are to keep up with their competitors. This will leave them with the question, do I really need a landline connection as well?
Landline or mobile broadband?
However, I don’t see this being viable for too many people very quickly, as for all those users who live in remote areas. Many are still awaiting a quality 3G service, 4G may not be right around the corner for them.
To them, the decision will largely depend on whether they receive 4G before superfast broadband or not. For consumers who at present, just have a standard landline connection, the chance to have superfast broadband will likely be welcomed with open arms.
If 4G then becomes available, people will have to make the decision as to whether they want to drop the home connection in favor of just having a 4G connection. Anyone who is already tied in to a superfast broadband service and who is happy with it, may just not want the bother of moving. After all, why fix something if it isn’t broken?
With all that said I think the thing this will make the biggest impact when it comes to deciding whether to have just 4G, or whether to keep the home broadband or not, is money. At present superfast broadband can be significantly more affordable, depending on how much time users spend on the net.
For those users who don’t use the internet very often, 4G could be a financially sound replacement if living in an area with acceptable coverage. However, for users who rely on the internet for downloading, file sharing, live streaming and for general use, especially families. superfast broadband or just a normal home connection may still be the way forward at present, with 4G being a nice added extra as part of a good cell phone contract.
As the costs of 4G come down over time, the dynamics of the situation will change and consumers will no doubt have a rethink.