One in four “forced” to use 4G to combat poor home Wi-Fi

ByKim Staples
Angry man with phone

One in four UK adults have been “forced” to use their mobile data to access the internet at home due to poor Wi-Fi, a new survey by Global Wireless Solutions has revealed.

40% of those surveyed said they regularly use their mobile data on their phone at home out of habit, despite having access to home broadband. Meanwhile, 16% use it exclusively, due to their Wi-Fi not being good enough to meet their streaming and browsing needs.

A further 13% said they never connect smartphones and tablets to a home network, and only use their Wi-Fi routers for their desktop PCs and laptops.

Respondents said they're most likely to switch over to a 3G or 4G connection for social networking, messaging apps, internet shopping, and mobile gaming. The study also showed bedrooms are generally the worst place in the house for Wi-Fi connectivity, followed by kitchens and lounges.

Global Wireless Solutions CEO, Paul Carter, said: "Network operators are under a great deal of pressure to improve the UK's mobile networks and eliminate signal blackspots around the country."

Man with phone

"Most major network operators offer their customers voice-over-Wi-Fi services as a temporary solution to in-home blackspots, but as our poll shows, Wi-Fi connectivity in British homes is often too slow or patchy for consumers to reliably access the Internet."

The UK's 4G services were recently rated as the fastest in the world in a study by Akamai, though its broadband infrastructure continues to languish behind other leading countries including South Korea and Ireland.

Source: Expert Reviews

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