It’s expected that the number of Internet users around the world will reach 3.6 billion of the population, or 48 percent, this year. The demand for a high speed connection challenges the copper and fiber options and their ability to reach both dense urban and rural areas. For companies looking for ample bandwidth and flexibility, the speed and scalability of copper and fiber come up short, too.
The Current Solution
Copper and digital lines can struggle to deliver the kind of performance needed for today’s applications, but fiber isn’t the ultimate solution, either. It can be difficult to install in urban and suburban areas that are built up, causing disruptions in service and other problems during installation. It is also at least three times more expensive than installing copper or digital lines, making it challenging for communications companies to get a reasonable return on investment.
What is Fixed Wireless?
The industry requires a solution that is cost-effective, doesn’t depend on trenches to be dug, delivers reliability and can support future needs for high speed internet. Fixed wireless uses small access points outdoors to deliver high speed internet by accessing a nearby fiber connection or utilizing a point-to-point connection to use nearby fiber. It is a particularly effective solution for densely-populated areas.
The Benefits of Fixed Wireless
Fixed wireless is a high performance alternative to fiber, delivering the same speed reliability. Fixed wireless also uses multiple-input/multiple-output technology, improving the wireless connection capacity.
Expanded broadband and scalability: Traditional service providers will benefit from fixed wireless in being able to extend internet services to meet demand both by private households and that of growing companies. In addition, wireless companies have the opportunity to compete solely with fixed wireless against providers of fiber connections, giving them the chance to move in on a little market share. This keeps prices in check, too.
Delivering connectivity where it’s needed: Fixed wireless can also use the benefits of low-cost unlicensed spectrum to direct connectivity to where it is most needed or gaps in fiber service. Fixed wireless can use GPS technology to synchronize connections across the network. This enables fixed wireless to use as little of the sub-6 GHz spectrum as possible, while promoting improved signal propagation.
The increasing demand for broadband and the need for companies to have flexibility and scalability in connectivity comes at a time when the use of copper lines and fiber are showing some weak points. It’s a good time for fixed wireless to take up the slack, improve bandwidth, and do it all for a lower cost.
To learn more about how fixed wireless may serve your company’s need for increased flexibility and scalability as you grow, talk with our consultants at MHO Network. We have the experience necessary to help you address your needs today, and anticipate your expectations for tomorrow.