Why Mobile Data is Expensive than Broadband? | Reality Explained

The most common question in the world of Internet today is ” Why Mobile Data is Expensive than Broadband?”. Many of us don’t know the answer to it. Some of them might think that, “Is it like Broadband is friendly to us while as Mobile Data isn’t?” The reality still hidden. There is no such thing, Broadband has it’s own pros and cons while as Mobile Data has its own.

Today you keep reading this article and I’ll reveal it all to you.

What is a Broadband Connection?

In telecommunications, a broadband signalling method is one that handles a wide band of frequencies. “Broadband” is a relative term, understood according to its context. The wider (or broader) the bandwidth of a channel, the greater the information-carrying capacity, given the same channel quality.

In radio, for example, a very narrow band will carry Morse code, a broader band will carry speech, and a still broader band will carry music without losing the high audio frequencies required for realistic sound reproduction. This broad band is often divided into channels or “frequency bins” using pass band techniques to allow frequency-division multiplexing instead of sending a higher-quality signal.

In data communications a 56k modem will transmit a data rate of 56 kilo bits per second (kbit/s) over a 4-kilohertz-wide telephone line (narrow band or voice band). In the late 1980s, the Broadband Integrated Services Digital Network (B-ISDN) used the term to refer to a broad range of bit rates, independent of physical modulation details. The various forms of digital subscriber line (DSL) services are broadband in the sense that digital information is sent over multiple channels. Each channel is at higher frequency than the baseband voice channel, so it can support plain old telephone service on a single pair of wires at the same time. However, when that same line is converted to a non-loaded twisted-pair wire (no telephone filters), it becomes hundreds of kilohertz wide (broadband) and can carry up to 100 megabits per second using very-high-bitrate digital subscriber line (VDSL or VHDSL) techniques.

What is a Mobile Data Connection?

Mobile data is one way that mobile device users can gain wireless access to the internet. Depending on how much you use the internet, and where, having a data-enabled device will give you the best of both worlds, giving  you on-the-go access to the information you need.

When you use data through your data plan, you can access the same content as you would on a Broadband Connection, including all of your apps, games, emails, movies and more.  However it goes through your mobile carrier’s (such as Airtel, !dea and Jio) network, and it subject to the terms of your data plan. The advantage is that, while Broadband only works within the range of a router or cabled, with your data plan, you can access the internet on anywhere within range of a network signal. So, for example, if you’re travelling and need access to your maps app, your mobile data is what will help deliver  that app to you.

Mobile data, however, can get pretty pricey, as I saw from submissions in the Data Horror Stories contest. According to research by the International Telecommunication Union, the average phone plan with 500MB of data costs $85 in the United States, compared to $24.10 in China and $8.80 in the United Kingdom. And, this doesn’t include the surprising fees users can face if they exceed their monthly data plan (or access mobile data while roaming – ouch!).

Why is Mobile Data Expensive? 

The major reason of the Mobile Data being expensive is because of its portability. Though a Broadband connection might serve you with a 100 MBPS constant speed but the connection is limited to the place where it is installed which is not the case with Mobile Data. The telecom operators manage a huge number of towers for sending signals to the mobile devices for accessing Internet, make calls and send texts. The cost of maintenance  of tower is much much higher than placing a fiber or DSL cable for Broadband connection. The mobile towers need constant power, surveillance and maintenance for which the company charges us. They invest a lot and make profit too. There are many other factors too, which are responsible for the high prices of mobile data like buying a frequency spectrum for a specific range, exchanging data from the servers around the globe.

In the end, we can conclude that both connection are good for their own reasons and bad for their own.

Well, Both of them serves us with Internet! Hardly Matters!

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