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Standard User Rygar1
(experienced) Fri 05-Jun-15 16:11:54
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4G for commercial use


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Looking at using 4G for commercial use due to no Fiber for long time and far from exchange (but decent 4G coverage). Several PCs would be using the connection Couple of differnt scenarios:

Scenario 1 will use around 20 GB per month.
Scenario 2 will use around 200 GB per month.

Any options for this type of use? Rough costs? was hoping to pay around £50/£60 per month for 20GB scenario, not sure if this is relastic or not.
Standard User David_W
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 05-Jun-15 16:21:52
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Re: 4G for commercial use


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EE have 15GB/month for £20 and 25GB/month for £30 on their consumer 30 day mobile broadband tariffs (make sure you select the 30 day versions, as you gain nothing from the default 12 month versions and are tied to EE for the year).

For higher usage or another network you need to be looking at business tariffs. Investigate the network's web sites but before committing yourself to a contract with more than a 30 day tie-in, get a pre-pay or 30 day post-pay SIM and investigate the quality of service.


You may get a better deal if you buy SIM only and provide your own equipment - indeed, this is probably the only option if you want an Ethernet port or fully featured router.

Standard User bookey
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 07-Jun-15 19:37:22
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Can do large corp. tariffs if the data usage is spread over a number of sims.
PM me if you want to discuss further.

Paul


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Standard User blueacid
(committed) Fri 19-Jun-15 18:32:36
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Re: 4G for commercial use


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One important aspect is whether you're doing anything that will require inbound connections from the internet.

Most SIMs will operate behind NAT. For browsing, downloading and hoof like that this is fine, but when you want to (for instance) run a local web server, or SSH in to your office from outside then this becomes problematic.

For your 200GB option 2, what is the 200GB made up of & when are you transferring it? If it's something that you don't need to have particularly quickly - such as streaming audio for instance - you could consider installing an ADSL connection and using that for the heavy lifting, slow as it might be, and then use the 3g/4g connection for things that use less data but which you need sooner (web browsing for instance). Of course if your plan is to consume 198GB of data each month streaming iplayer in HD and 2GB per month of backups that happen in the background then this approach falls flat on its face somewhat!

To get that sort of thing working you could investigate some of the dual-wan routers which are out there. I'm a bit out of the loop here, but last time I was looking Draytek did a few models which could handle this sort of thing. Maybe it's a good starting point for some curious googling.
Standard User blueacid
(committed) Fri 19-Jun-15 18:38:39
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Oh and I knew there was something faintly relevant to this: for extra cash there are mobile SIM bonding devices out there. Sky use them to aggregate ~8 SIMs (so that's 3g and 4g on o2/voda/three/ee) and stream HD video back to base:
http://www.slideshare.net/zahidtg/sky-news-case-stud...

Ok ok ok, that's probably way more expensive than you were thinking, but it shows that this sort of thing is possible to aggregate the bandwidth between providers.

Otherwise, once you've built up your list of the providers which are fast enough where you'll be needing them, just give their business sales a ring and see what they can do. The current EE 100GB sims, plus Three's unlimited 4G-on-handset might serve as a faintly useful bargaining chip.
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