Mobile Broadband and Reception Improvement

Some readers have been asking specific questions regarding wireless internet and mobile broadband coverage and reception, so I thought I would cover more information on this topic. How does mobile broadband work? To explain this, some of you may be currently using an ADSL modem (i.e internet over your existing phone line) or a cable modem which is connected to a dedicated cable from the street to access your emails and the internet. For those who use a mobile phone to access the internet, this data is communicated to you via your chosen carrier’s mobile phone network. The speed with which this occurs on your device depends on your carrier, your proximity to a mobile or 3G network tower, the network usage and the device’s capabilities.


Why use ‘wireless broadband’ to access the internet?
Some of you (like me..) may be located too far from the telephone exchange to be considered for an ADSL internet service over your existing landline phone. An ADSL service is transmitted over your existing phone line wired to your house. Some of you (again, like me..) may be located on a battle axe block or similar where cable internet services cannot be run from the street poles to your property. Given these two scenarios, your only real option for email and internet access may be via wireless or mobile broadband. As a basic explanation, wireless broadband modems essentially communicate with mobile phone towers to access the internet for you. So, if mobile broadband seems like your only option, you then have to consider what the coverage for this service is like at your specific location. For adequate reception and faster internet access, you will need to consider factors such as what your mobile phone coverage is like at the desired location with your chosen network carrier, and what the network’s 3G, NEXTG (or similar) fast data coverage is like.


Dedicated Antennas for Wireless Broadband
The different mobile phone network carriers in Australia operate their digital data transmissions on various frequencies, but not the same as each other. As such, you need to know where the nearest tower is that will transmit the fast speed data, and also what frequency it operates on. This all depends on the carrier you are with. You may have adequate reception outside your house – but not in your office or bedroom where you use your devices the most. As such, a dedicated 3G antenna of sufficient gain mounted on your roof may be the solution. For more information regarding your individual requirements at your location, please call or email me directly.


FM Radio Reception and AM Radio Reception (analog and DAB+)
Some readers have had issues receiving various AM, FM and the new DAB+ digital radio stations. People with new digital (or DAB+) radios have had issues receiving the new digital AM radio stations that they used to listen to on their old analog type AM radios. The new DAB+ transmissions for AM radio are not in the AM frequency band anymore – they are located above the FM radio band now, so I have a variety of antenna solutions for these devices as well, including specialised amplified external ones, so contact me for further information.