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A man working with a laptop and a mobile network modem at a summer cottage.There are several ways to get on the Internet while on the go.

THESE days, being without an Internet connection is not an option in Finland. It doesn’t matter if you are at your summer cottage or skiing in the middle of nowhere, the Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) in Finland will offer you an option to connect, just by using a dongle and a SIM card.

A dongle is an Internet modem or router that does not depend on the traditional Internet cable connection to work. Thus, to obtain network access, the user only needs to insert a data SIM card into the modem. This card is available at any ISP shop in Finland.

At the moment, the market offers multiple data SIM cards with both 3G and 4G connections available. They differ in the speed of downloads. If you are not a heavy Internet user, a 3G card (21 Megabit/s) is enough to download a movie in less than an hour.

What’s new about dongles?

Many different types of dongles are available in most of the electronics shops in Finland. They have been on the market for more than three years now.

Mobile dongles are becoming common because they allow you to connect up to ten devices wirelessly from anywhere, without having an electrical port or laptop. The speed will depend on the user’s SIM card, activated in the modem (from 21 Mbit/s to 100 Mbit/s). This type of modem works off its own battery, with autonomy of up to five hours.

For instance, if you are going on a trip to Tahko with your friends, you could pack a dongle with a SIM card and upload a video of your best snowboarding jumps, while one friend downloads a movie and another plays an online video game. All of these activities can be done with the same mobile router.

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LIA V. LEZAMA R.
HELSINKI TIMES
LEHTIKUVA / PEKKA SAKKI

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