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

  1. 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).
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. 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).
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Fixed wireless is based on usage
    The Reality: Fixed wireless mostly provides unlimited data throughput for a fixed monthly charge.
  1. 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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