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Day 2 at Africa's satellite, broadcast and telco show 27-30 May 2013Africa's satellite, broadcast and telco show 27-30 May 2013
Yet another fruitful day I must say if I was a teacher I will be leaping with joy as one of my students finally understands the importance of broadband and is able to relate to it in her dailly life back at Kwa Zulu Natal.
After the presentation on broadband she explained to me how hard it was for her to connect to her mobile phone during December holidays that she has to drive about 2km to able to have network.
This is what she learned today and is our number one member from now
What is mobile broadband?
Mobile broadband doesn't refer to internet access on your mobile phone, but rather the ability to connect your laptop or netbook to the web using mobile phone signals.
Now, not all laptops and netbooks have this kind of connection built-in, and instead require a mobile broadband 'dongle' which plugs into a USB port on your computer.
You get a dongle from a mobile phone network, and connect to the web via that network. This means you can surf the web anywhere, from a train to the middle of a forest if you like: as long as you can get a mobile signal, you can get mobile broadband.
Why use mobile broadband?
If your job or lifestyle demands you travel around a lot, say for example, attending business meetings, you might find a lot of your time spent on public transport. Having a mobile broadband connection would allow you to work online on a train, for instance.
Sure your smartphone might also give you access to the web, but some phones don't support flash and won't render some website fully. Also, editing documents with a full keyboard and track pad mouse is a lot easier than on a four inch screen – and that's assuming your phone even supports the file formats of the documents you need to edit.
Similarly, if your work takes you to remote places where you can't get a wired or wi-fi connection, mobile broadband would allow you to carry on working. A good example might be a newspaper photographer in a rural area, who would be able to send pictures back to the office using mobile broadband.
You might be interested in mobile broadband if you're a student living in a student house, as you won't have the hassle of signing up for a broadband contract with your housemates, splitting the bills between you or getting permission from the landlord for any cable installation.
An advantage of mobile broadband is that it's relatively cheap. You won't have the expense of landline and mobile broadband tariffs can cost as little as under R99 per month.