If you live in a rural area without fiber-optic or cable internet options available to you, then a wireless internet coverage area is your next best bet. All of our rural clients have access to download speeds of 25mbps, which is pretty fast. In fact, it’s even faster than most of the more traditional internet options out there.
Dish has partnered with HughesNet in the USA, so that they can provide satellite internet. The majority of folks that use their services reside in rural areas where cable lines and DSL hubs don’t run. Most big companies don’t want to invest and build infrastructure to service a small population of customers.
That's great if you live in the United States, but what about us folks in rural Ontario?
Wavedirect has got you covered, we are expanding every day into new areas and upgrading our tower technology to give our customers the best experience possible. You can have a look at our internet coverage map here, to see if we are currently in your area of town.
Getting internet coverage when you’re living in a rural area still remains a challenge. The high costs of maintenance and low population densities make it an investment that many huge telecommunication companies aren’t really attracted to. The rural internet options available right now are generally mostly dial-up connection services over say a 56K modem.
56K is still alive and kicking in the brave new world of gigabit data transfers. What makes it much worse is that since most phone lines in those areas have been there from as far back as the 1960s, connection speeds will usually be slower than even that 56K.
With that said, via a series of government reforms and programs, rural internet coverage options have since broadened to include WISP, DSL, satellite internet as well as 4G/cellular internet connections.
Digital Subscriber Lines, or DSLs, are a level above the dial-up internet setup. While it uses telephone line wiring as well, you still have the ability to both receive and make phone calls whilst perusing the internet. A DSL connection is generally way more reliable than the dial-up system. Sadly, though, DSL internet coverage can’t reach all rural areas sometimes.
Some of the other drawbacks this option has included:
Dial-up internet coverage for rural communities is still a very common thing because it employs the use of phone lines that already exist. Simply put, there’s often no need for any additional infrastructure, like hubs or cable lines, which, in turn, makes it so much cheaper to maintain.
If you place a modem inside your home, it directly connects to your phone line and computer and then a call is made to your ISP for the establishment of a connection.
Sounds kind of straightforward, no? However, in this new age of video-and-music streaming, this dial-up internet setup has a couple of drawbacks:
Wireless Internet Service Providers are also commonly known as rural broadband or fixed wireless.
But, it can sometimes be confused with WiFi or wireless internet. They are two separate things. WISP brings the internet to your home via a small dish on your rooftop and it is pointed to the wireless network towers to get a strong signal.
The benefits WISP setups have over satellite internet, is that it doesn't have to travel a long distance to send the wireless internet to your home.
Because all WISP towers are fed by fiber internet lines, your connection will both fast and reliable:
The thing that’s so great about 4G/Cellular is its speed. Smartphone handsets are ubiquitous, and countrywide cellular coverage goes on to get better every year, which makes it easier to chat via messenger applications, stream content, buy products, share photos and make that occasional phone call.
4G and cellular connections normally provide superior reliability and speed when compared to WISP, DSL or dial-up setups. But, there are a couple of drawbacks to 4G and cellular connections in rural areas. These include:
When it comes to supplying rural areas with better internet, not many do it better than Wavedirect. Rural internet might not be for everyone, but it can act as a very reliable safety net, especially if you can’t access any other broadband services.
So, if you’re living in a remote part of the world, don’t worry. Wireless Networks can still get you the internet you need. Contact us today to see for yourself.