Relatively Cheap for the kind of speeds you can achieve with a good ADSL deal.
Reasonably Low Latency given it’s still a solid-state connection, even if it is inferior to Fibre.
Truly mobile broadband as is its nature, Mobile Broadband gives you internet almost anywhere without the need for a solid state connection or a router. It’s not truly universal though, as anyone with a smartphone will know, as it relies on 4G and/or 5G masts to be established locally in order to work properly.
Very fast Internet when mobile data is working at its full potential. 4G speeds across the UK average at 14-42Mbps typically, and can theoretically reach speeds of upto 300Mbps in very well-connected areas. 5G is exponentially faster for the few who have access to it, with average speeds 130-250Mbps and maximum speeds pushing above 1Gbps. Even 4G at the lower end of its average capabilities is considered ‘good’ speeds by UK broadband standards at the time of writing.
Low Latency due to the fact mobile data relies on very high frequency broadcasts, there is very little lag in a 4G or 5G network. This makes it very much possible, and indeed preferable for a lot of people, to play multiplayer or always-online games on their phones. Average Ping times for a 4G network are rated at around 45ms, and 5G networks are rated at around 22ms on average.
Limited Data for mobile data is the norm. Whether on phone contract or Sim-Only deal, it’s normally the case that mobile data is capped monthly; with additional fees for topping up if more is needed. This can make mobile data quite expensive, and at times very frustrating or impractical for constant use.
Fibre Optic Broadband
Ultrafast and Superfast Broadband speeds are the norm for fibre broadband. Speeds of 60+Mbps are the average on most fibre deals offered by almost all big internet providers.
Low Latency/High Reliability due to the fact you are physically linked to the broadband network, a fibre optic cable will allow near-instant transmission of data on a reliable basis, so expect little or no lag.
Distance doesn’t matter unlike ADSL Broadband, Fibre Optic will not deteriorate over distance. Provided that an internet provider has Fibre Broadband infrastructure set up in the local area, your performance should be broadly the same no matter where you are on Fibre Optic.
Location is no issue with Satellite Broadband, provided you have set up your satellite dish to send and receive data, it really doesn’t matter where you are. You could even, if you were so inclined, set up Satellite Broadband in a motorhome and bring good broadband with you wherever you go.
No Phone Line or Cables needed, just a dish and a modem. If you do actually need a Landline, this could be a problem, but if you don’t want to be connected to anything then this is the best way to go about it.
Basic Broadband speed anywhere. Depending on your package deal a Satellite connection provides broadband speeds of 8-10 Mbps consistently, and can provide broadband speeds of upto 36 Mbps. While this is hardly mind-blowing speeds, it is about what you would get from basic urban Broadband packages; only you can get Satellite Broadband anywhere.
Broadband of the future? While right now Satellite Broadband isn’t amazingly fast or practical, it’s a type of Broadband that is being expanded on in recent times with Elon Musk’s Starlink systems rolling out across the world. It may be much more practical and affordable in the near-future to get Satellite Broadband, so it’s an option to keep an eye on.
Expensive setup and Monthly costs are the norm for Satellite broadband right now. The complicated setup procedure will probably require that you pay a specialist to install the dish, and the monthly costs are much much higher than Fibre Optic deals. And Fibre deals will typically offer you much much faster broadband for half or a third of the price of Satellite Packages.
Inconsistent performance and high latency are things you can expect from a satellite connection. It’s understandable, your data needs to travel a long way compared to basic fibre deals and other over-land connections, but it does mean that during peak hours especially upload speeds can dramatically slow down and there can be a lot of lag. It will be especially noticeable on videos and online gaming, which a Satellite connection is really not suitable for.
Interference can be a problem with Satellite Packages – since it relies on your Satellite dish being able to send and receive data – physical obstructions, electronic interference or simply bad weather can all seriously disrupt your broadband. It makes it an especially unattractive option in urban areas where there is a lot of electronic interference, or you live in an area where there are a lot of potential physical obstructions (like mountains, tall buildings or you happen to live in the middle of a forest).
Deals are not always Unlimited so pay careful attention to what your provider is actually providing you. Some Satellite providers will cap data usage per month, or only allow a certain amount of data to be used on the best speeds before switching you to a slower satellite broadband speed.