Cellular mobile wireless Wireless Internet access from cellular networks goes by many names including “Mobile”, “HSPA’, “3G”, “4G” and “LTE”. Sometimes extremely fast and usually quite reliable, cellular is an excellent option as a secondary Internet connection for most users. Although widely available in rural Canada, relying on cellular networks as a primary Internet connection can be very costly especially if the user streams video from services like YouTube or Netflix.
Fixed wireless Like mobile wireless, Fixed Wireless uses a network of towers to deliver data to and from the Internet to a customer’s premises. But, unlike cellular wireless, fixed wireless requires a permanently installed access point on a residence or business to secure an upload and download link from a tower. Depending on the frequency used, output power, and tower height, most customers require an unobstructed line of sight from a near-by tower to their location. Depending on topography the range of most towers in a fixed wireless network can vary from anywhere between 2 to 12 km or more. Fixed wireless is typically not as fast as the DSL services however it is more readily available in rural areas. Also, most fixed wireless providers also tend to have a higher monthly usage caps for data on their services.