Expert’s Corner: 4G bonding

Bonding an internet service means using various pieces of equipment to present multiple internet connections to the network as one single connection. By presenting the network with one single connection, all the logic of which external connection to use is removed from the internal routers and therefore the network just passes information.

Cellular bonding is a method of putting together multiple cellular modems, typically for more than one carrier (Vodafone, EE etc) so that if one network is under heavy demand, the bonding equipment will intelligently identify that and route more information down the other connections.

What is it?

A single box with external cellular antennas which supports up to 8 cellular connections. The connections are ‘4G’ capable but will work at the speed of the network in the local area, be that GPRS, 3G or 4G.

How fast is it?

Depending on the speeds of the local cellular network depends on how fast the connection may be. The table below (from CISCO) provides an overview of the ‘average’ speeds which customers may see on each network type (CISCO provide some interesting data about the number of users in each area in their report Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013–2018 here)


What’s its capacity?

Again depending on the local network, services maybe excellent one hour and then slower the next once crowds attend or even based on a routine of the day (for example networks tend to be under more pressure during commuting times so 0730 – 0930 & 1630 – 1800 weekdays).

For what type of event?

Cellular connectivity is useful for very quick setups when internet access is not critical. A bonded service delivers the best speeds possible because it is able to use multiple services from multiple carriers.

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