For several years now, households have been increasingly led to use digital technologies. Online income tax return, reimbursements of medical costs, request for a quote or online purchase : our habits are changing and the Internet is playing an increasingly large part in our daily lives. Having very high-speed Internet access has therefore become essential for French people, and even more so since telework has become essential.
However, not all inhabitants can benefit from it since mobile networks are unevenly deployed in our territory. In fact, network coverage differs between areas where the population is concentrated and large areas which are therefore less populated where the inhabitants are more isolated from each other. To avoid a possible digital divide between certain french territories, several alternatives are possible according to each individual case.
Are you part of the 2% of French people living in a white area ? No worries, Datanaute gives you here the various network solutions to deal with this problem.
What is a white area ?
A so-called white area corresponds to an area that is not covered by a wired or mobile network. Usually, these are remote areas, in the countryside or in the mountains, which are sparsely populated. Unfortunately, the deployment of mobile or wired network infrastructure is not profitable for operators, who remain reluctant to equip these territories.
There are different types of white areas :
- White areas for mobile phone coverage : these are parts of the territory where our smartphone no longer receives any network.
- White areas where there is no fixed broadband network installed (ADSL is not available).
It is also important to differentiate the white area from other terms used in order to avoid confusion :
- A gray area: it is a place where only one or two operators are present;
- A shadow zone: it is a place covered by a mobile network which makes connection possible. However, the area covered is so large that depending on the user’s location, the broadcast from the mobile network will not be of good quality.
How do you know if you are in a white zone ?
In order to find out which operators cover your area with ADSL or mobile telephony, we invite you to go directly to the operators’ sites to make a free eligibility test.
You are in a white area, what solutions are available ?
> The 4G DATABOX :
One of the available alternatives to obtain Internet access in white zones is the 4G Databox. It offers its users an easy access to a very high-speed Internet network from their homes thanks to its modem which captures the 4G mobile network.
Of course, this solution is an option for people who are not connected to ADSL but who have efficient mobile coverage. So we invite you to contact the various operators to find out your eligibility.
Easy to install and with a good quality network access. You can also test this solution thanks to the one-month free trial offered by most mobile operators.
> Internet access via satellites :
In addition to ADSL, the mobile network or optical fiber, operators offer people living in white areas to use the Internet connection by satellite.
As the name suggests, this technology allows connection to the Internet via a signal transmitted directly by satellite.
When a user is making a search on the Internet, his request is first sent from his computer to his modem, which is linked to a satellite dish often located on the roof of his home. This dish then transmits the signal to an orbiting satellite 36,000 kms away from Earth.
To enjoy the experience, we first invite you to test your eligibility by contacting the various operators specialising in this sector such as SkyDSL, Numerisat or Nordnet.
> Internet via High Speed Broadband Radio
Thanks to a network of several antennas, this technology allows access to high-speed and very high-speed network to inhabitants of rural areas. This infrastructure is deployed by specialized operators such as Alsatis, Ozone, Weaccess Group or Nordnet. All users need to do is to install a specific antenna on their roof or façade in order to receive the network correctly.
It is a wireless technology that allows inhabitants living in isolated areas to benefit from an Internet connection with a speed of up to 30Mb/s.
The deployment of relay antennas is done at the highest elevation available so that the user’s antennas pick up the transmitted signal. Connected directly to a box, this antenna transmits the signal that allows to have all the digital services available.
> Databox : A plug and play solution for Internet access
Datanaute has developed a solution to provide each of its users with a very high-speed coverage anywhere, at anytime.
As a matter of fact, the Databox is a technology which, thanks to its multi-operator aggregation system, brings together the 4 most efficient 4G networks to allow a secure and reliable Wi-Fi access in any situation.
As a plug and play solution, it facilitates network access for all teleworkers located in white areas or requiring a very high-speed network to accomplish their daily tasks, even at home.