Broadband is slower, less reliable and more expensive in rural Britain, research shows
People living and working in remote areas are paying more for inferior internet services – prompting broadband experts FrameChannel to provide invaluable guidance
People living and working in rural Britain are more likely to experience poor service from their internet provider despite having to pay higher prices than those in cities, research has shown.
Uneven internet service has been a national problem for some years – with an Ofcom report from 2018 showing that 677,000 UK homes had broadband incapable of even reaching a minimum of 10Mbps.
Here are some of FrameChannel’s recommendations to get better speeds.
Discuss and shop
FrameChannel recommends contacting your current provider to discuss connectivity options and determining if there is the possibility of an upgrade. If the company is still unable to offer faster speeds at lower rates, it’s worth shopping around independent network providers to see what they can offer in terms of service and cost – making it clear you’re searching for a superior service.
Check what you qualify for
Some households may be eligible for fixed wireless broadband – where a mast is installed on your property. There are some parts of the country where you may be eligible for vouchers covering the costs of hardware and set-up for fixed wireless broadband.
Invest in MiFi
Reposition or upgrade your router
According to FrameChannel, one simple, cost-free way to boost the speed of your broadband connection is to reposition your router. Wi-Fi routers emit their signals in waves, so the best position is as close as possible to the centre of the home in a high place. Avoid placing the router near devices that can interfere with signal, such as cordless phones, baby monitors, microwave ovens, wireless cameras and smart devices.
FrameChannel also recommends keeping routers updated – with devices ideally no more than five years old.
Consider leased lines or dual broadband lines
There are also dual broadband lines which bundle multiple lines – avoiding the bottleneck effect that slows internet connectivity.
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