What’s the difference between fixed wireless and mobile broadband?

Fixed wireless broadband is a technology which provides high speed internet access over a wide area, connecting two fixed locations (e.g. buildings) with a radio or other wireless link. In locations where it would be too costly to either install or lease cabled broadband, fixed wireless broadband often provides a cheaper alternative, for example, providing internet access for residents of a remote village or connecting multiple buildings with a wireless LAN infrastructure.

As a fixed wireless network is a stationary wireless connection between two fixed sites, it can support higher data rates while using the same power requirements as mobile or satellite systems.

Mobile broadband on the other hand is not actually a  ‘broadband’ connection. The term ‘mobile broadband’ is a marketing buzz-word used by mobile phone operators as a synonym referring to internet access over their existing mobile networks. These networks use cell towers which transmit data to and from a user’s mobile phone, and ‘mobile broadband’ is simply the way of accessing the internet over this connection.