The Battle between Mobile Broadband and Cable

Two Different Styles, One Fast Service
Mobile Broadband and Cable are fighting for the title of “Which Broadband Internet Format is Better?” Today we square off in the name of high speed internet – on one corner, with fast, on-the-go connections, is Mobile Broadband. In the other corner, the other competitor format with a more reliable and faster but stationary connection, Cable.

With both having their own exclusive features and limitations, this is going to be a battle fought in the wire connections out there and the computers and devices carrying them.

The Tale of the Tape: Big Differences
Cable utilises cable TV connections for data transfers. Customers who already have existing Cable TV and are in the network of the coverage area are easily connected. They receive high-speed internet over specialised coaxial cables that serve up to 30Mbps of bandwidth. Whenever bundled, it always comes with a Cable TV subscription and special deals and discounts. Does this sound like a knockout? You bet it is.

But Cable does have its limits. It is a stationary connection and will only be mainly for use with computers. But this weakness might be bypassed when using and linking to a Wi-Fi modem/router that can connect to your cable connection, but will only be for a specific coverage area only. The speed and bandwidth might also be limited in a way when the network is dense with other users. A data cap or limit might be imposed if applicable by the ISP or Internet Service Provider.

On the other hand, Mobile Broadband has a few more features that might one-up Cable: it is mobile and wireless. Speed and bandwidth are competitive but is only second to Cable, as it only reaches maximum speeds of up to 5.8Mbps for its fastest format, 4G, or Fourth Generation. It comes in a built-in format that serves only one device or computer; or via a USB stick format that can be transferred to other devices and connections and is equally portable. Either way, it is fast and on the go.

The Winners, By Unanimous Decision
Both opponents have power and speed covered; with Cable being much faster, but prone to limits, Mobile Broadband’s mobility and being wireless might be key assets here. Both have equal footing and balance when discussing key strengths and exclusive features but the bottomline is: both will win a unanimous decision depending on each customer’s individual preferences and which fits them to a T. The never ending broadband battle rages on.

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Sources:

http://compnetworking.about.com/od/dslvscablemodem/a/speedcompare.htm

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28850646-Connecting-to-cable-modems-through-ADSL-router

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