The quality (e.g., download or upload speed) of home or SME (small/medium enterprises) broadband connection in developing countries such as India and S. Africa as well as rural areas in developed countries such as the U.S. is far from satisfactory. Typical DSL, ADSL or satellite based broadband is unreliable and slow.
4G mobile network providers do not invest in rural areas due to the perceived lack of return on investment (ROI). Therefore, local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and wireless ISPs (WISPs), typically tend to cover this gap in Internet penetration.
Consumers and SMEs can use the SiFi multi-network router to combine speeds from multiple low rate links for a broadband connection. One example of this seen in the video above where a Verizon Fios connection and a T-Mobile 4G connection are combined in real-time for a significantly higher throughput.
It is also possible to combine multiple high rate links (e.g., LTE and WiFi) to get an even higher data rates for wireless gaming, HD video streaming and other bandwidth hungry applications.
Note that, in many instances, combining low data rate links to obtain a high data rate connection may be cheaper than upgrading the service to a higher speed plan.
Since SiFi is a plug-and-play solution the ease of deploying the technology by a home user or a SME is a significant factor.