Mobile broadband has revolutionised the way that we think about the internet. Before it, we could only have access to the World Wide Web when sat at a computer at home, or perhaps from a free Wi-Fi connection at a local café. The internet was static, something that we couldn’t pick up and take with us. Mobile internet connections have changed this, by providing us with the ability to access broadband internet wherever in the world we may be.

Unfortunately though, things aren’t quite as simple as mobile broadband technology has always suffered with frightfully low speeds, and serious connectivity issues. Even in built up areas you could occasionally struggle for signal as you strive to check your internet connection. With so many people jumping on board and connecting to mobile internet through laptop computers or other portable devices such as smartphones, the network has been seriously struggling to cope.

However, now there is cause for hope in Australia, as Stephen Conroy, the minister for broadband and communications, has recently announced that 126 MHz of the broadcasting spectrum is to be released to help to grant access to high speed mobile internet for the masses.

Many of the mobile broadband providers will be rejoicing at the news which will enable them to provide a better service to their customers. And, although there stands to be a delay before this broadcasting bandwidth is freed up, at least the future is bright for the mobile internet user in Australia.

Toward the end of 2013, all analog television signals will be switched off in Australia, being replaced with digital signals all round. It is this changeover that will free up the promised 126 MHz of the broadcasting spectrum. We have a few years to wait then until the spectrum is cleared of all analog users, but with the prospect of a faster connection to mobile internet, you can rest assured that this technology will be pushed through as fast as is possible.

There is no denying that the ability to access the internet on the move is growing in popularity with each passing month. Although developments such as this, providing an improvement to the technology, may help to ease the pain of a slow connection, there is much work still to be done by both the broadband networks available in the country, and the broadband providers.

Undoubtedly then, we can expect to hear of more and more updates as time goes by as it seems certain that mobile broadband is a technology not set to diminish any time soon. Perhaps the solution will come in the form of a 4G network or just in significant improvements to our current 3G connections. Whatever it may be, you can rest assured that progress is being made in order to allow us fast broadband access wherever we may be.