Top 10 Myths about Fixed Wireless
Posted on: December 5, 2019 By: Sage Tourigny
What is Fixed Wireless?
Fixed wireless is a technology used to provide connectivity over a specified range without the need to install any wires and is usually connected building to building or tower to building with a microwave radio link.
Top 10 Myths of Fixed Wireless
- Fixed wireless is the same as LTE
The Reality: Fixed wireless is more reliable than LTE
- LTE provides best-effort shared connectivity for mobile devices.
- Fixed wireless provides guaranteed dedicated, last-mile connections for business customer sites with availability, latency and packet loss service level agreements (SLAs).
- Fixed wireless is less reliable than other connectivity methods
The Reality: Fixed wireless is on par with fibre access
- Fixed wireless provides a carrier-grade service and offers the same network availability (99.9%) and Mean Time To Repair (4-hr MTTR) as fibre.
- Because it is delivered from the rooftop, fixed wireless access offers a truly redundant access into buildings and is frequently combined with redundant fibre access to create high availability connectivity solutions.
- It is like broadband/best effort/no SLA
The Reality: Fixed wireless is superior to broadband and DSL
- Unlike broadband, it boasts fibre-like SLAs.
- Fixed wireless is a fully reliable business-grade connectivity service ideal for mission-critical applications compared to broadband which is a best effort connectivity service supporting consumer and business traffic.
- Fixed wireless is impeded by weather
The Reality: Fixed wireless is engineered to deliver carrier-grade service through the worst expected weather with 99.9% uptime similar to fibre.
- Fixed wireless is not secure
The Reality: Fixed wireless is highly secure
- Radios transmit signals into the “air,” the perception can be that anyone could receive and possibly “steal” or “listen to” someone’s data. Fixed wireless radios offer a very robust framework featuring a variety of security related countermeasures:
- The transmission system of the radio units is proprietary, and thus inherently more secure than the commonly used open standards radio equipment.
- The data traffic destined to the Subscriber radio unit is assembled in proprietary framing structures, encrypted and sent to the receiving radio according to a proprietary radio exchange mechanism. The data remains encoded until it is received and disassembled by the recipient radio at the customer’s end.
- Fixed wireless is the same as satellite
The Reality: Fixed wireless is less expensive and provides better latency than satellite connectivity
- Fixed wireless access provides unlimited data throughput – there are no overage or usage charges.
- Unlike satellite connections that can add 1-2 seconds of latency to a connection, Fixed wireless access will have a latency similar to a fibre connection (e.g., 10ms).
- Fixed wireless is slow
The Reality: Fixed wireless can achieve dedicated and symmetrical gigabit connection speeds
- Customers are routinely surprised to see fixed wireless achieve speeds far greater than cable and DSL, especially with regard to upload speeds.
- Fixed wireless is complex to install
The Reality: Fixed wireless access offers fast and flexible deployments
- Fixed wireless is faster to deploy than fibre as it does not require trenching and construction.
- Can be easily deployed into underserviced or new areas (e.g, construction sites).
- Typical installation timelines range from 21 to 45 business days.
- Fixed wireless is based on usage
The Reality: Fixed wireless mostly provides unlimited data throughput for a fixed monthly charge.
- Fixed wireless only works for rural areas
The Reality: Fixed wireless works well in both urban and rural environments.
- In underserved rural areas, fixed wireless offers businesses high-speed, carrier-grade connectivity.
- In built-up areas, fixed wireless offers flexible, easy to install connections without the need for costly, time consuming street-level construction.
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