Fast reliable broadband is critical to many businesses and home workers, but for those located in rural locations it isn’t always the easiest obstacle to overcome. Gaps (or “white spots”) in the wired network across Britain, though shrinking, are still in existence. Add to this that there are also a number of wired areas which fail to deliver high speeds (“not spots”), and it’s easy to see why rural areas face connectivity issues.
Whether an independent business, or large enterprise with a rural branch location, fast and reliable connectivity is a must for almost any organisation today. Yet it’s highly costly, and therefore often inefficient, to invest in the necessary wired infrastructure that will help combat rural connectivity issues.
As a result many organisations with rural locations are instead turning to the deployment of wireless networks which use mobile connectivity such as 3G and 4G LTE. These wireless technologies are fast being deployed to narrow the digital divide between urban and rural businesses and industry. Wireless installations are also much faster, simpler and more cost effective than wired network installations, meaning connectivity issues can be solved quickly and efficiently.
Government-funded connectivity projects will, in the future, see high speeds delivered over fibre to all communities regardless of how rural they are – but this is still years away. 3G/4G cellular connectivity however is available in many locations today, and can be used to connect communities.
From the monitoring and controlling of crop irrigation systems, to tractors, combines and sprayers that can drive themselves, farmers are relying more on the use of wireless connectivity to make their day-to-day operations more efficient and cost effective.
With limited broadband speeds though, many in the agricultural industry are not able to implement these beneficial technologies. A cellular networking solution using 3G/4G connectivity however can deliver the connectivity required to connect entire farming estates, in even the most remote locations.